Saturday, January 5, 2008

Food Friendly Wine

Now that the rush of the holiday season is over, I found myself lingering in the wine aisle a bit more this past week. Spending more time looking at labels and getting acquainted with a few bottles that I have been “eyeing” but not paying much attention, I pulled off the shelf a Pinot Gris that has been wanting to come home with me. Pinot Gris is a white wine that has the same grapes as found in Pinot Grigio, which by the way is the number 1 imported white wine here in the U.S.

I highly recommend, if you can find it, a 2006 Erath Pinot Gris from Dundee, Oregon. Dundee is located in the famous Willamette Valley of Oregon, which is a wonderful wine growing region of that state. On the back of their bottle is a statement from their winery that says it all.
"Grapes from the EARTH, wines from the HEART...ERATH"

On unscrewing this gem, the aromas were a mix of melon, apple and citrus. My first sip brought my mouth a wonderful surprise of a lively, bright, clean, lip-smacking mouthful of citrus flavors with a hint of crisp green apple on the finish.

Erath Pinot Gris is one of those food-friendly wines that you could pair with many dishes. I think it would go well with all kinds of sea food, fish, turkey, pork and chicken. It has such a nicely balanced acidity that I would even serve it with Asian dishes, or even those dishes that are a bit spicy. Nora from Life’s Smorgasbord is visiting her family in Singapore, and if she could find this wine there, it would pair well with those yummy dishes Nora and her mom are preparing!

Hope you all are enjoying your new year and stop back and see me next week as I am working on my next cookbook review! Perfect food for these cool winter evenings.



Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Nora would love this wine Deb!!!! Thanks for all your wonderful tips as usual!!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Sounds like a lovely wine, I could do with a glass of it just now!

Nice photos, Deb!

Shayne said...

I think I am starting to understand wine a little now that I read your blog. Before it was always hit or miss with more miss with food pairing.

Thank you for all the information and the recipe you emailed me.

Anonymous said...

Hi winedeb!
I have a lot to learn about wine and I'm glad for your blog because I believe it to be a great resource for me.Keep writing (and drinking!) :)

Gloria Baker said...

Debs when I see your wine's comments I'm thirsty, I would like to try every wine that you show dear, I love your comments!!! Gloria

winedeb said...

Hi Valli, I thought so too and you are welcome!

Hey Holler, wish I was close enough to you to share a glass!

Hi Shayne, any questions, just let me know!

Thanks Maryann, always glad to help in that department:)

Hi Gloria, glad you are enjoying and hopefully you might be able to find one of these wines, or one similar where you are located!

The Passionate Palate said...

Yes, Yes, Yes, to food friendly wines!!! That is a very good Pinot Gris, indeed.

Betty Carlson said...

I enjoy your wine tips, even though most of them are not available here in France -- we have plenty that are, though!

Another resolution is to taste more new wines! So easy to do here, yet we get in our little ruts...

winedeb said...

Hey Passionate Palate! Glad you agree, it is a nice one!

Hi Betty, you all have wonderful wines and I am jealous that I cannot be close to them like you! I look forward to your reviews of wines close to you!