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Boston Bartenders Recommend Charcuterie Pairings

In honor of The Five Days of Meat, we've asked Boston food and drink personnel about their recommended pairings for a few specific meaty dishes, and we'll share their responses throughout the week. Up first, pairings for a platter of the fanciest charcuterie, from sherry to Seelbach.

Katie Emmerson - Provided.jpg"For a platter of fancy charcuterie, I would suggest anything with sherry! Either a glass of sherry on its own (there are so many different styles — experiment with what you like best!) or a cocktail with sherry in it. My personal favorite would be our Under the Volcano: Del Maguey's Chichicapa Mezcal, Lustau East India Solera Sherry, Amaro Nonino, and mole bitters. This gets stirred to dilution, strained into a rocks glass without ice (we refer to this as "down"), and garnished with flamed orange oil. I find that the smokiness of the mezcal pairs really beautifully with some of the spicy and smoky notes found in a lot of charcuteries." — Katie Emmerson, bar manager of The Hawthorne
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Todd Lipman - Official Site.jpg"Hubert Lignier, Bourgogne Passetoutgrains (easygoing and fruity with hints of dried mushrooms. A perfect foil for charcuterie.)" — Todd Lipman, C.S., sommelier of Bistro du Midi
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Tom Tellier - Provided.jpg"I love wine with meat and cheeses. Could be anything from a big chardonnay to a chilled glass of lambrusco or barbaresco!" — Tom Tellier, beverage manager of Restaurant dante and il Casale
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Ian Strickland - Provided.jpg"A classic Seelbach cocktail. It is a sparkling cocktail with bourbon, Combier, Peychaud and Angostura bitters, and sparkling wine. Works really well with a first course as an aperitif and will go with a number of different charcuterie offerings." — Ian Strickland, a Boston bartender
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Sam Treadway - Rachel Leah Blumenthal.jpg"Zwiegelt red wine." — Sam Treadway, bar manager of backbar

Matthew Schrage - Provided.jpg"Thierry Germain's 2012 Saumur Champigny 100% Cabernet Franc from France's Loire Valley. Thierry is a practitioner of the "natural" and "biodynamic" philosophy; this keeps us idealistic kids happy, and it doesn't hurt that he never fails to make phenomenal juice. The beautiful berry and pepper aromas and a dark minerality of the Saumur is the perfect foil to gamey bird terrines and dark oxidized flavors of a rich blood sausage." — Matthew Schrage, bar manager at Brick & Mortar and Central Kitchen and beverage consultant at La Brasa
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Mike Thomas - Provided.jpg"Red wine — syrah." — Mike Thomas, bar manager at Gather
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Paria - Provided.jpg"I go a little crazy over rosé in the summertime, so a nice crisp glass of rosé with lots of acidity." — Paria Abazari, bartender at Boston Chops
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Robert Haberek - Provided.jpg"Miraval Rose. Red berries, herbs, and a light minerality that plays so well with cured, fatty meats." — Robert Haberek, bartender at Forum
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Tim Wiechmann - Official Site.jpg"A great Nebbiolo from Italy." — Tim Wiechmann, chef/owner of Bronwyn and T.W. Food
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Michael Florence - Provided.jpg"For a strong contrast to salt-cured or smoky meats and rich, unctuous cheese, I love Château Doisy Daëne Barsac or Sauternes or the softer, nuttier, aromatized wines from Château de Beaulon 5 year Pineau des Charentes. Also can't go wrong with Isole E Olena Vin Santo!" — Michael Florence, beverage director of Ole
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Bistro du Midi

272 Boylston Street, , MA 02116 (617) 426-7878 Visit Website

Forum Restaurant

755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 857 991 1831 Visit Website

Il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar

1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 (781) 538-5846 Visit Website


16901 Wright Plaza, , NE 68130 (402) 932-3078 Visit Website

La Brasa

124 Broadway, , MA 02145 (617) 764-1412 Visit Website


7 Sanborn Court, , MA 02143 (617) 249-3522 Visit Website


75 Northern Avenue, , MA 02210 (617) 982-7220 Visit Website

Ole Mexican Grill

11 Springfield Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 877 816 9996 Visit Website

T.W. Food

377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 617 864 4745 Visit Website

Boston Chops

1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 617 227 5011 Visit Website

Central Kitchen

567 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 491-5599 Visit Website

The Hawthorne

500A Commonwealth Avenue, , MA 02215 (617) 532-9150 Visit Website


255 Washington Street, , MA 02143 (617) 776-9900 Visit Website