Last Night’s Dinner – Oh, and Advent Day 15

(Last Night)
Wine: 2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany)
Winery: Studert-Pruem Maximinhof (I don’t know why I can’t type umlauts on this thing, such a pain)

Ain’t this a beauty? The missus was in the mood for jambalaya yesterday, it’s one of our favorite dishes even though Carleen hates shrimp. If you’re wondering, I cook the shrimp separately and add it to my bowl so she doesn’t have to worry about any “surprises”. At any rate I was looking for a good wine to pair with this dish when I saw an internet article recommending a Riesling Kabinett from the Mosel region. “Aha!” I thought to myself. Just so happened Carleen bought me a Riesling Kabinett from that exact region a few weeks ago, and had been anxious to try it, especially after trying the “Sweet Riesling” from American Vintners yesterday. Could she had planned this all along? Hmmm…

Anyway, onto the wine. It has a bright lemon color, with honeysuckle, lemon and other citrus fruits on the nose. The flavor is full and rich, but by no means luscious, with tropical notes of pineapple, lemon as well stone fruit and melons. The wine also fairly acidic, which nicely balances out the intense fruit flavors. There is also some minerality here, as well as a bit of spritz. The finish is long with the fruit lasting in the palate for some time after the sip. Carleen said “Now THIS is the Riesling I was hoping for at lunch earlier!” I had to agree. No disrespect to American Vintners as they are a fine winery with some excellent wines, but this is how you make a Riesling. I gave this a 4.0 (A+) score.

Day 15 Wine: Rose’
Winery: American Vintners
Cheese: Red Leicester

I featured the Rose’ on Day 12. But I was curious as to how it would pair with leftover jambalaya from last night (When we cook jambalaya, it lasts for a while). The jambalaya brought out a bit more of the fruit, particularly the strawberry. It wasn’t quite as good a pairing as the Riesling, but it was alright. I talk about the Red Leicester on Day 3. It’s a nice sharp cheese that tasted pretty good with the fruity Rose’.

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