For the second time I find myself compelled to randomly write about a particularly delicious wine that Drew and I drank last night. Like Zinfandel Deliciousness, this bottle is under $20 and easily acquired at the LCBO. Unlike that wine, this one is white, zippy, and perfect for hot summer nights, rooftop patios, and grilled fish!
Thirty Bench Riesling 2011, from Beamsville, Ontario. Shock and awe! I love finding a tasty Ontario wine because they're the easiest for us to get here, so it just makes it that much more pleasant to see the plethora of VQA wines on the store shelf. This is a dry Riesling that can really keep up with food, so don't shy away. We drank it a degree or two on the warm side, but it was still lovely. There was a hint of vasoline on the nose, with peaches and apricots, as well as pink grapefruit and honeysuckle. The palate was packed with sweet citrus and apples which gave the immediate impression that this could be off-dry, but the wine had a wonderfully bright acidity that cut through the sweet sensations and gave a lip-smacking juicy finish. Yum!
This Riesling paired wonderfully with the leek, mushroom, and chicken alfredo we had for dinner. The wine's acidity cut through the creaminess of the pasta with ease, making for a refreshing summer meal. Lobster with butter sauce or something spicy like blackened catfish would be a great match as well.