That was the case tonight when we knew what wine was being opened before knew what we were drinking with it.
In this case it was a 2007 Leitz Einz Zwei Dry, a Riesling Trocken wine from the Rheingau that we've commented on previously.
I took an Italian recipe and transplanted it to southeast Asia and it worked out to be a nice dish. Dinner was fillets of Sablefish (Black Cod). The Italian version called for slicing Yukon Gold potatoes on a mandoline and layering them on a piece of parchment paper, sitting the fish on top and seasoning with oregano, garlic, and lemon. We skipped the garlic and oregano and instead topped the fish with a teaspoon of Sambal Oelek, a very spicy, Thai style, ground fresh chili paste and a lemon slice. I enclosed the fish in the parchment and baked it in a hot oven for 20 minutes.
The fish was spicy and good but the potatoes were outstanding, creamy but crisp on the bottom with just a touch of the heat. The entire thing went together quite well. The wine was cool, crisp and dry, but with the heat of the Sambal Oelek a slightly sweeter wine might have been a better choice. Perhaps a Kabinett or a Spatlese? Regardless, it was a nice improvisation.
The weather started at zero this morning but has worked its way up to 33 degrees. Snow is beginning so tomorrow promises to be a fun day.