Monday, September 6, 2010

Riesling and Salmon

No surprise, Napa Valley is not really a great area for Riesling, but there are exceptions.  Trefethen is one of them, and I've been drinking their Riesling for a long, long time.  It's been awhile since I last saw this wine in the local market place.  The market had one bottle that someone had ordered a month ago and failed to pick up.  I offered to adopt it and it was like bringing home an old friend. 

Pale color in the glass the wine had a nose of white peach, nectarine and lychee.   One had to reach to get citrus out of this wine.  Medium body, good weight in the mouth and a bit of honeysuckle on the finish.  The acid was correct and everything together made for a nice bottle of wine.

There was a salmon fillet that was marinated in an Asian inspired sauce that included soy sauce, mirin, ginger and garlic.  The fillet went on the grill while some green beans were stir fried with a Thai chili sauce and some rice noodles were stir fried with ginger and garlic.  The results are below.

The wine was a perfect foil for the strong flavorings on the food.  The honeysuckle finish helped dispel the heat and the acid made one want another drink and another bite. 

For the record, there are three other Napa Rieslings that I have found to be pretty good; Stony Hill, Smith Madrone and Stags' Leap Wine Cellars.

No comments: