By LaGayle ~ May 25th, 2010.
We have had beautiful warm weather in Seattle lately, so I decided that this month’s challenging wine pairing should be something easy and light that would call for refreshing white wines.
My family and I love Asian food, so I decided to prepare a chicken stir-fry with rice and egg rolls. All items were easily prepared and quite delicious. Another thing about a stir-fry is that it’s very healthy with many choices of vegetables that can be utilized along with the meat. Our stir-fry included chicken breast, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, onion, celery, and bell peppers.
Again, I referred to my favorite book, What to Drink with What You Eat, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page and decided to try an off-dry Riesling and a Pinot Grigio. This challenge gave us the perfect opportunity to try the 2009 Kung Fu Girl Riesling by Charles Smith Wines, which is a favorite of many here in Washington State, and the 2008 Gabbiano Pinot Grigio, whose Chianti we have enjoyed in the past. Both wines were very enjoyable; however, the Kung Fu Girl Riesling was the unanimous choice with and without food.
We have a lot of fun with these challenging wine pairings so I encourage you to try your own challenging pairings at home. Also, we would love for you to suggest challenging wine pairing meals for us to try in the future.
2009 Kung Fu Girl Riesling (Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington): Produced by Charles Smith Wines. Very pale, straw yellow. Nose is a bit tight at first, then some minerality comes through. Citrus fruits, particularly lime and lemon, and tropical fruits explode on the palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied. Well-balanced and crisp with a long finish. Excellent by itself and paired perfectly with the stir-fry. Residual Sugar: 1.41%
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $12.49; Available elsewhere, $11 to $17
2008 Gabbiano Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie IGT, Italy): Pale, golden yellow. Moderate pear aromas lead to flavors of pear, apple, and melon. Dry, medium-bodied, and lively with a medium finish. A decent wine but a bit plain.
Quality: 3 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $8.99; Available elsewhere, $7.50 to $10
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