Friday, June 15, 2012

Gruner Veltliner

The last of the 2012 Copper River Alaskan salmon was at the market the other day, in this case a piece of Coho.  I went back to a favorite recipe - spicy salmon cakes.  The fish was skinned and chopped roughly and mixed with red onion, soy sauce, brown sugar, red chilli paste, cilantro, lemon juice, fish sauce, and bread crumbs.  It eventually found its way into four salmon cakes that were rolled in panko crumbs and pan seared until crisp on the outside.

The wine was a 2008 Weingut Brundlmayer, Kamptaler Terrassen, Gruner Veltliner from Austria.  I drank a a bottle of the 2006 about a month ago and loved it and thought it time to try the 2008.  Sharp and focused nose with mineral edges all around, but there was some citrusy fruit hanging around for fun.  Light, young, fresh and just about a perfect match for the heat in the salmon cakes.  Ideal summer wine.  Very easy wine to like and very easy on the pocket book. 

$12 and 12% alcohol.

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