Video Highlights from Last Year’s Rattlesnake Round-Up: What Texas Wine do You Serve with Rattlesnake?
My wife and I drove up to our cottage in Fredericksburg, Texas yesterday and are leaving shortly for the drive up to Sweetwater, Texas for the Sweetwater Jaycee’s 2010 Rattlesnake Round Up (www.rattlesnakeroundup.net). I have my stash of Texas wines and was searching for clues as to what wines might work with cooked rattlesnake. I found this video that had a few to offer. The cooking method of choice in Sweetwater seems to be chicken fried.
Rule 1 for Texas food and wine pairing: Just about anything and everything in Texas can be chicken fried, and you can get even money in a bet that it WILL be chicken fried at some point. Be ready with the right wine.
As you have seen before, I have done “chicken fried wine pairings” – the State Fair of Texas (http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1220) and recently gave my input to John Demer’s blog related to chicken frying at the 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (http://deliciousmischief.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/stuffed-on-fried-at-the-rodeo/). In Sweetwater, I am looking to pair Texas wines that either have crisp acidity, good fruit qualities and, for the red wines, have a lighter body without too much oak. I have also read a post on the Wine Spectator Online that relates a fine dinning experience where rattlesnake cut into small pieces and was served like escargo with garlic and snail butter and worked well with a nice French Chablis.
Rule 2 for texas food and wine pairing (and my main mission for tomorrow during the hunt): Try not to get bit by a Rattlesnake before the pairing.
I am interested in what you would pair. Post your comments (click on the balloon bottom at the upper right side of the title to this blog).
So, who knows what tomorrow will bring. Stay tuned buckaroos and keep your palates clean!
P.S. For directions to Sweetwater, Texas, go to: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Sweetwater,+Texas&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&rlz=1I7ADFA_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Sweetwater,+TX&gl=us&ei=iQiZS_HTIsGttgfmvPC2CQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CA8Q8gEwAA