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Monday, June 30, 2008

Riesling: To the Rescue

Like many of my readers I’ve come to the intersection of being bored with Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc won’t cut it either! You are craving something spicy and you come across this great recipe. Like the one below, from one of my friends. Uh, huh that’s right! But I digress, back to the challenge.

Like many of you who’ve may be trying to pair wine or work wine into just about every meal, this one will pose a challenge. Typically, if you’re like me you’d want to pair Chicken with a Chardonnay. Normally a fantastic choice, but this time you’re up against the spicy monster.

Luckily, here comes Riesling to the rescue. Maybe your wondering why Riesling? Well because of it properties. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity; as such it is often found to be dry semi-sweet or a sweet wine. This is where Riesling will come to your rescue with spicy foods like the recipe above; it puts the fire out after each bite.
The other benefit of drinking Rieslings is they don’t have to break the bank either. So below I posted a couple which is found just about anywhere and for a good price…

1. HOGUE White Riesling Columbia Valley Late Harvest 2007 (WS 87 points) $9.00 bucks. Can be found on sale for less.

Soft and frankly sweet, emphasizing apricot and baked apple flavors, finishing with hints of spice. 81,000 cases made. --Harvey Steiman

Don’t be fooled by this Late Harvest tag, it’s not really a desert wine like most late harvest wines, it does have a nice acidity which keeps it in perfect balance.

Much like a German halbtrocken (half-dry), it has aromas of peaches and tangerines that fill the nose with a delicate fruitiness. V. Sattui. It can be ordered directly from the winery!

I know there are many different Rieslings out there, and you probably have a favorite already, but these two deliver consistent quality. There are also some other white wines out there, which will also do the trick, like Gewurztraminer and Chenin Blanc. So enjoy!

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