We're having a dinner party (6 people, but only 4 will have wine) on Saturday, and neither of us are all that great at wine pairing. I would appreciate knowing what types of wine to serve. Here's our menu, with comments just below it:
-- Parmesan-rosemary toasted almonds
-- "Nyons Olive Cake" (a small, savory quickbread loaf) served w/Herbes de Provence Chevre
-- Whole roasted chicken w/shallot & white wine pan sauce
-- A savory bread pudding (made w/ Parmigiano, Emmenthaler and Mascarpone, wild mushrooms, and black truffles) baked and served in a whole pumpkin
-- Grilled leeks brushed w/a light, simple Dijon vinaigrette
Tarte Tatin with whipped creme fraiche
My husband and I are not fans of Chardonnay: we tend to like white wines that are on the sweeter side (especially me), such as Reisling. However, the author of the bread pudding recipe recommends "a cool, flinty dry white wine." Problem is, I don't necessarily know what wine would fit that description! (But I know it's not usually Reisling. Should we serve Sauvignon Blanc? Pinot Gris? ...?) Also, we do want to have a red (and maybe even a blush) available, too. What red goes with chicken? BTW, the truffle flavor in the bread pudding is fairly subtle, in case that makes a difference.
We usually select wines that are approximately under $25 or so.
We're not asking because we're concerned about propriety ("white w/chicken, red w/ beef" etc); we just want to enhance the food with the best wine choice that we can manage.
Thanks very much.