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04 February 2006

Big Reds and Ham

Greenhamnriesling

GreeneggThis picture from the Caveman's lair caused me to immediately think of Dr Seuss and this rhyme from my childhood:

    I do not like them in a box.
    I do not like them with a fox.
    I do not like them in a house.
    I do not like them with a mouse.
    I do not like them here or there.
    I do not like them anywhere.
    I do not like green eggs and ham.
    I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

The Caveman has been dealing with the dilemma of pairing wine with ham.

"The Ham in question is a smoked shoulder, pricked with cloves and cooked in a mix of beer, onion and molasses. The meat is red and smoky, rich and fleshy with an obvious touch of sweetness. This would theoretically lend itself to a ripe new world red, however, the salt factor has always proved to be the bug in the system, turning the softest tannin into iodine. And the powerful flavors have always seemed a bit overbearing."

To distill his sentiments into impish Dr. Seuss-isms, I present, "Big Reds and Ham"

I do not like it with a red
I do not like it lying in bed

I do not like it with burly tannins
I do not like it with fruity grapeskins

I do not like it with an Aussie or Cali
I do not like it in Poughkeepsie

I do not like big reds and ham
I do not like it, C-man-I-am

He actually recommends a tasty Spätlese German Riesling (Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2001 from S.A. Prüm). 

I'm not sure I'll be able to build a string of rhymes based on "Spätlese Riesling and ham."

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