Dear, dear Feastlings,
When I’m tooling around the dining room and people are asking me what they should be drinking with, say, crawfish etouffee or the like, I’m often disappointed to discover how many people dismiss the idea of a Riesling or a Gewürztraminer without even a taste. Most haven’t tasted these varietals in years, and they regard only the sweetness of the wines without regard to how balanced they are by acidity or minerality, and they just plain don’t know what they’re missing. You’d be hard pressed to find a better wine to drink with food, be it cheese, be it salty or be it spicy.
This week’s tasting offers up two wines from Alsace and two from right across the river in Germany. It’s a great opportunity to dismiss what preconceived notions you may have about the wines, and to discover how delicious and food-friendly they are. And just to be safe, there’s a Pinot Blanc and a Pinot Gris as well, so you don’t have to just taste Riesling and Gewürztraminer. As usual, you can expect to pay a mere $12.50 plus tax and tip. As usual, you’ll need to make a reservation. And as usual, that reservation can’t be made by web or email, so we suggest calling us at 326-9363 so we can save you a seat.
Alsace and Also…
2018 Braunewell Riesling Kabinett, Rheinhessen
2017 Pierre Sparr “Grande Reserve” Pinot Gris, Alsace
2017 Koehler Ruprecht “Trocken” Pinot Blanc, Pfalz
2014 Famille Hugel “Classic” Gewürztraminer