The apples in Ohio have been delicious this year. Last weekend there was fresh fennel in the market so we made some apple and fennel salad. The fennel was cleaned, cored and sliced into paper thin slices on a mandoline. The apples, Melrose apples in this case, were peeled, cored and sliced the same way as the fennel. They were tossed together with lemon juice, a bit of sugar, a touch of olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper and a teaspoon of crushed juniper berries.
Hard to match a wine to this but we succeeded with a 2005 Grosset Clare Valley Riesling from Australia. Bone dry, fragrant with kerosene and earth and lime, it was also very good with the Cornish game hen that followed the salad. 12% alcohol and a reduced price of $16.