Broccoli Salad consists of broccoli, nuts, dried cranberries or raisin, and creamy dressing.
Bitter Broccoli is notoriously tricky to combine with wine due to high sulfur content that is released when coocked.
That's why Broccoli becomes more wine-friendly after coocking...and layered with other flavors.
The dominant taste of broccoli and the creamy dressing call for a smooth Chardonnay that helps moderate the bitterness.
A high acidic white paired with bitter food leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
The residual sugar of Riesling and Pinot Gris loves the sweeter elements in your salad such candied fruit or honey vinagrette.
The same concept applies to Champagne: forget Brut and go for Extra Dry or Dry because they have a higher sugar level.
Avoid: Tannic reds will increase the bitterness.
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