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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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Ole Mexican Grill

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

Bistro du Midi

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

The Hawthorne

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


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La Brasa

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

Forum Restaurant

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


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

Central Kitchen

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


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

T.W. Food

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


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

Il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar

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

Boston Chops

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