Thursday, December 8, 2011

10 Ways You Can't Go Wrong with an Oregon Riesling

Thinking about dinner already? Want something special to make it memorable? An Oregon Riesling is one Washington wine that's sure to please. Lightly sweet, with a clean, tangy finish, this wine gives fragrant aromas of peach, apricot, lemon-lime, melon, and a sprinkle of honey. The "late harvest" variety of this fruity wine brings flavors and aromas of orange peel, dried apricot, vanilla, tangerine and raisin.

Whatever the experience you have in mind, no one part of that event should overpower the others. When in balance, each flavor complements the others—that's synergy! Let each part add its proper share of depth and olfactory color to your work of art.

What better way to prepare the palate for a sumptuous feast than with a well-chilled, light white Riesling? Your taste buds will thank you for this opening "event."

Asian Vegetarian Delights
Many Asian dishes for vegetarians are perfect with Riesling. For instance, Japanese, with vinegar and bitter ingredients found in many dishes find Riesling a perfect complement. (For heavier vegetable cuisine, like tempura, go for the more fruity varieties like Pinot noir or Rosé.) Garlic, ginger and soy sauce found in Chinese food work well with Riesling. Indian curry, cumin and coconut with milk or creamy based sauces have only one recommendation—Riesling. The high spice factor of Thai food makes Riesling an obvious choice.

Fried Spanish Mackerel with Cilantro Sauce
The crisp cleanness of cilantro combined with the savory goodness of fresh fish make a fine meal paired with Oregon Riesling.

Cream of Potato Soup
Lightly sweet, creamy potato with a tang of bacon and earthy goodness of onions and chicken broth make this simple meal seem a luxurious feast when combined with the crisp, fruity flavor of Riesling.

Fish Tacos with Crispy Pickled Jalapeños
If you've never had fish tacos, you will be pleasantly surprised at how satisfying they can be. Spiced up with jalapeño peppers you find this meal far from simple. A sip of Riesling with each bite—heavenly!

Fish & Chips
This may seem the epitome of plain, but take the satisfying simplicity and spice it up with the olfactory sparkle of Riesling and you have yourself a feast.

Shrimp Salad with Sweet Chile Dressing
Super crisp veggies laden with sweet-and-sour shrimp demand the clean, "off-dry" taste of a Riesling. Hungry yet?

Cashew Chicken Dijon
Peppers, Dijon mustard, rice and the chunky goodness of cashews create an ideal blend of spice and substance to go with your chicken, perfectly paired with Riesling.,1942,143162-230201,00.html

Stuffed Pork Tenderloins with Bacon and Apple-Riesling Sauce
Pork tenderloins with the savor of bacon and sweetness of apples already married with Riesling. What else is there but Riesling?

Gingerbread Cookies
The holidays are upon us, but gingerbread isn't just an end-of-year treat. The spicy flavor of ginger with a lightly sweet, fruity Riesling make a perfect way to round out any feast.

Wendy Jones is a freelance writer who writes about a variety of subjects, including Oregon Wines.