Friday, June 24, 2011

Shrimp and Riesling

Good sale on shrimp yesterday so we opted for a sweet and sour sauce and a bottle of Riesling.  The Riesling of the day was the recently released 2010 Kinkead Ridge Ohio River Valley.  I was originally not overwhelmed with this wine when tasting it at the winery, but I still liked it.  You can read that review here. It was time to try the wine with food after it had rested quietly in the bottle for an extra month.

The shrimp dish consisted of shrimp, snow peas, onions, garlic, red bell peppers all stir fried in a sweet and sour sauce.  Lots of stuff in the sauce but the primary ingredients were vinegar, sugar, ketchup, Shaoxing rice wine, corn starch, sesame oil and hot garlic/chili paste.  The peas and peppers were stir fried and removed from the wok.  The garlic and onions were next and once they were fragrant we added the shrimp.  When the shrimp were almost cooked we added the peas and peppers back in and dumped in the sauce until it thickened. Delicious dish, though  I wish I had cut back a little on the toasted sesame oil. 

The wine was much improved from my first taste of it last month and it was near perfect with this dish.  There was just enough heat in the shrimp to match nicely with the 1.2% residual sugar in the wine.  The apple flavors were there but they were now joined by a little pineapple and perhaps some lychee.  The acidity was great with the richness of the shrimp.  Great combination and by the end of the evening there was no shrimp and no wine left. 

11.8% alcohol and $11.95

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