It’s hard to keep up with all the new wineries in Washington State these days. That’s why we like events like Debuts and Discoveries. An event dedicated to tasting wines from new players in the Washington wine scene helps us to taste a number of wines in one night. I was lucky enough to be a judge at the event, so tasting as many wines as possible was honestly my duty!
Posts Tagged ‘Gewurztraminer’
If you follow me on Twitter or are a fan on Facebook, you’ve been hearing me go on about my disbelief over how only 5% of consumers purchase whole chickens. During this tough economic time, even though we hear complaints and concerns about the rising cost of food, the consumer is not making economical food choices. The consumer is choosing to pay more for parts.
This is one of the interesting and surprising facts that I learned from Jamie Peha during a Seattle Food Community Dinner hosted at the home of the charming Anne Nesbit. Anne, a true example of the gracious hostess, had spent the last day preparing a fantastic multi-course dinner for us featuring chicken. Why? I have to admit that when I first received the invitation I said to the hubby, “I wonder if the company that uses chicken puppets in its commercials is finding that consumers don’t take them seriously?” (more…)
We recently did a great food and wine pairing experiment with Thai food. While I had the best intentions of preparing some homemade dishes with recipes from our friend Naomi of NuCulinary, my plan derailed. Not to worry, my local Thai carryout restaurant saved the day.
On the Menu
- Phad Thai
- Swimming Rama Chicken
- Cashew Chicken
- Red Curry Shrimp
- Green Curry Eggplant and Green Curry Mussels (these were homemade by Bean)
All of these dishes were prepared with medium spiciness.
The Wine List
The varieties of wine we tasted with the food included Chenin Blanc (one from France and another from Washington state), Gewürztraminer, Viognier, and Torrontes. There were also a couple of white blends and a rosé. Here are the wines that our group of 5 tasters felt paired best with the food.
- Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Gewürztraminer
- Coyote Canyon 2008 Viognier
- Domaine Pichot 2007 Vouvray
- Northwest Totem Cellars 2008 Salish (a Riesling/Viognier blend)
- Del Rio Vineyards 2008 Rose Jolee (produced with 80% Early Muscat, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec)
This salad is terrific for summer meals on the patio with a refreshing wine such as Gewürztraminer. I’ve adapted the recipe from the Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook to incorporate more ingredients from my farmer’s market and local producers. Serves 4
For the quinoa:
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa rinsed (you must rinse the quinoa otherwise it tastes bitter)
For the dressing:
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chutney
- 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
For the salad:
- 2 ripe peaches, chopped
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 salad onion, chopped
My participation in Lorna Yee’s Meatless Week challenge continues. As I read Lorna’s posts, I am alternately amused and moved by her love for meat and her desperate longing for it. As someone who prefers chicken and fish, I find a sense of relief that I don’t have these pork cravings she documents.
Then, while driving by the fish market the sign reading: “Fresh Copper River Salmon” taunts me. Although this particular salmon seems to be over-marketed and over-priced, I can’t get it out of my head now.