Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kung Fu Fighting

Good meal last week end.  The market had some wonderful looking yellowfin tuna. I coated it lightly in crushed black, white, green and pink peppercorns and seared it on both sides until just crusty, but kept it dark pink in the center.  The sauce was a reduction of two parts soy sauce and one part orange juice.  The topping was a small amount of heavy cream that was whipped until stiff.  At that point I put in a healthy dose of wasabi powder.  Brown rice and sugar snap peas that were poached to crisp tender status completed the plate.

The wine was a 2010 Kung Fu Girl Riesling by Charles Smith wines out of Washington's Columbia Valley.   The wine was closed up before some serious swirling in the glass.  Finally some lime zest and white peach aromas started coming out of the glass.

The wine was tart with good white peach flavors, a little apricot and some citrus.  Good mouth feel to the wine and it finished just off dry and with a good mineral quality to it. Very good with the tuna as the small amount of sweetness paired well with both the peppercorns and the wasabi.

One mark of a good wine is that it is gone before one's thirst is quenched and before everyone has had enough.   That happened with this wine.  Toward the end of the meal I reached for the bottle for one last glass, and the wine had disappeared. 

Very good bargain and a totally drinkable wine.

12.5% alcohol and $12.

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