Monday, October 12, 2015

Thai Food and Riesling

Thai Curry with Shrimp

Another beautiful evening last night and dinner was the highlight. It was visually appealing as well as layered with flavor. It was time consuming in that all the spices were toasted and ground and the myriad ingredients were hand chopped. The broth is full of coriander, allspice, fennel, turmeric, bay leaves, cayenne, onions, garlic, lemongrass, fish sauce, coconut milk and a few other things. It was finished with prawns and halved cherry tomatoes cooked in the completed broth.  It was ladled over rice noodles and topped with scallions and basil.

The wine was a 2010 Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese.  The wine smelled like a perfect mix of spring flowers and fall tree fruit.  The acid was tremendous in this wine but balanced by the natural, residual sweetness.  It was tart enough to cut through the richness of the coconut milk and fruity enough to never be austere in any way.   Delicious combination.

2010 Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese.  8% alcohol and $21.

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