Continuing from yesterday’s blog, matching foods from South East Asia with suitable wines.
Firstly the Torrontes was a hit with everyone as an aperitif and 1st wine, tangy and fruity and easy to drink. Got everyone’s vote pre-food.
However, once the food was served, everyone moved on to the Riesling as a better match – however the overall stand out winner was the Gewurztraminer, which had been bottom of the list pre-food. Just goes to show, you can’t judge wine without food!
A small minority preferred the merlot with the chicken dish. Everyone loved the Nivole Moscato d’Asti with the Tropical Sundae – this really is a lovely dessert wine produced by Michele Chiarlo.
As usual, several questions about wines in general, and the subject of Rosé came up. More people are getting to know Rosé wines, especially as suppliers like Majestic have 30-odd varieties in stock to choose from. In my day everyone was drinking Mateus Rosé from Portugal, but nowadays there are so many available, different grapes, different countries, dry, sweet, that there’s something for everyone. Think we’ll have to do an event based purely around Rosé wines and what dishes would match best.
Incidentally, we were told that this group wouldn’t be drinking much and to bring along lots of soft drinks and juices as an alternative. Of course, not one wine bottle was left standing……gallons of juice left and only one can of Coke used, and that was for one of our chefs!
Happy & Healthy Drinking!