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WIne Pairing with challenging dinner Menu- Please help

mpcarney | Mar 11, 201408:31 AM

HI All, Would appreciate some help with wine pairing for a small dinner party this Sunday. There will be 5 or 6 people total however 2 of them are not drinkers generally and may only "taste" a wine- literally no more than sips. The hostess does enjoy wine pairing with food as do I. The third wine drinker enjoys mostly red, and the 5th person enjoys mostly white- pinot grigio or pnot gris though she does enjoy a good red from time to time. The 6th person (if there) is a mostly malbec drinker. Fun huh?

The menu planned is this: Starters will be ricotta with carrot jam and roasted grapes, as well as prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

Pasta with homemade pork sausage -- no fennel and not ultra spicy -- with cream and crimini mushrooms over orecchiete.

Followed by roasted beets, pears & blue cheese with arugula for a combo salad/cheese plate.

Dessert will be something chocolate. Like a flourless cake with raspberries and whipped cream.

As all of us are working folk it's unlikely that lots of wine will be gone through, so I'm looking for a few suggestions that might carry through.

I was thinking some kind of white for the starters, then moving to a light red for the pasta course and perhaps a Carmeniere for the dessert.

Price range would be perhaps under $75 for the whole dinner? Any and all suggestions welcome and greatly appreciated.

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