A Dry Riesling You Say?

Earlier this week I came across a recipe for Asian Shrimp Noodles by my friend, Kim of Day With KT.

I love pasta and make it pretty often but I usually go in the Italian direction. This recipe looked and sounded very interesting and very delicious.

Asian Shrimp Noodles from Day With KT

Delicious recipe from Day With KT

Spoiler alert: It was amazing! Super yummy! We licked our plates clean.  As a bonus, this dish can be served hot or cold so we enjoyed the leftovers as a cold pasta salad the next day!

While I was at the grocery store picking up some of the ingredients, I stopped in the wine section to choose something perfect to go with the dish. (Sadly our wine collection lives a couple thousand miles away so we need to do this sort of triage wine shopping. Boo hoo!)

After snooping through the selection and texting my wine consultant/husband, I settled on the 2012 Trefethen Dry Riesling.

In wine-speak, a wine is described as falling somewhere on the spectrum from sweet to dry. I’m not sure why “dry” was chosen to characterize the opposite of sweet but it probably has something to do with the fact that no one would want their wine to be described as “sour”. Can’t blame them.

Actually, “dry” is a technical term in the wine biz meaning that essentially all of the grape sugar was converted to alcohol during fermentation. Because taste is a subjective thing, you can have a “dry” wine that tastes a little sweet to some people. Confusing, eh?

When we think of a traditional German Riesling, we tend to think of a sweeter wine, too sweet for some palates. This selection from Trefethen is on the other end of the spectrum – a Dry Riesling.  And it is from the Napa Valley.

Dry Riesling has been around for a very long time but is still thought to be a bit misunderstood and overlooked by consumers.

Enter The International Riesling Foundation whose goal it is to spread the good word about “the world’s most noble white wine”. They have developed a Riesling Taste Profile graphic which now appears on over 26 million bottles to help consumers understand where that particular wine falls between sweet and dry. Brilliant!

Riesling Taste Profile from the IRF

From The International Riesling Foundation

Anyway, back to the scrumptious 2012 Trefethen Dry Riesling. At about $20 – $25 per bottle, this award winning wine was the perfect pairing to go with our Asian Shrimp Noodles.

Here is how the wine is described on the Trefethen website:

Aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and lime lead to light tropical and floral notes on the palate. The wine has delightful acidity and minerality and ends with flavors of ruby red grapefruit and peaches.

This wine is delightfully smooth with great body. It would pair very well with a variety of dishes including other shellfish and any Asian dish that wasn’t too, too sweet. The Trefethen website suggests pairing the Dry Riesling with Southwestern dishes. I’m going to have to try that!

The 2012 Trefethen Dry Riesling is also a wine that can be enjoyed on its own, say while sitting on your porch with friends or gathered around the kitchen counter as you watch someone else prepare dinner.

2012 Trefethen Dry Riesling

Have you tried Dry Riesling? Do you have a favorite?

Before I go, two very important things.

  • The opinions stated here are all mine and I have received no compensation from the (sure to be) fine folks at Trefethen.
  • Always, always remember to drink responsibly.

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  1. Mo- that dish looks delish! The wine sounds delightful as well. Love your informative post, too. I love wine but don’t know much about it. The Mister knows a little bit more than I do, but he would never take the time to tell me about it. So I love all your posts – especially when I learn something about one of my favorite things. Can’t wait to meet you in person!

  2. First – thanks for linking to me!!!
    And, I love the explanation about “dry” as it refers to wine – truthfully I had no idea!! I do tend to prefer the sweet wines – sweeter the better for me (dessert wine is my favorite!!). I’m trying to branch out though:)

    • Thanks for the great recipe! It actually gave me an idea for a possible new series…something like Pairing With My Pals. I find a great recipe on a blog and write about the wine pairing! Win – win!

  3. Firing your link off to my pal in New Zealand. He’s a huge Riesling fan and will appreciate your thoughts Mo. Kim’s recipe looks amazing – thanks for sharing!

    • You bet! I will be on the look out for Dry Riesling from now on. Although I certainly don’t shy away from the sweeter wines, too. Thanks for passing along the post!

  4. Mo,
    Looks scrumptious and EASY (my favorite). Love the idea of your “Pairing”.

  5. The whole meal sounds utterly delicious! Cannot wait to go check out that recipe on Kim’s site! YUM!-Ashley

  6. If I must drink wine, I think this is what I would want to drink. White, not red. Not too sweet. As always, a wine-ucation, Mo! (That was supposed to be a play on education, but it didn’t quite work…)

  7. Hi! I love Reisling and I must try this one, sounds perfect for summertime. I can picture drinking this on my balcony right now!

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