Earlier this week, I wrote up a quick review on pairing Mahi-Mahi with an Alsatian Riesling sample. Towards the end of that blog post, the Meyer-Fonné Riesling that I was waxing about got me thinking about how I’ve almost always enjoyed and paired such Rieslings (both from Germany and Alsace) with the conventional Thanksgiving cornucopia of flavors. There’s so much going on between the dark and white turkey meat, the sweet potato casserole, the cranberry sauce, et cetera, that you truly need a wine such as an Alsatian Riesling to meander through the totality of the meal.
The next day, one of my favorite chefs was at the house cooking up an annual soul satiating Southern style dinner. Besides getting to enjoy buttermilk battered fried chicken thighs, skillet cornbread, cheesy macaroni, sliced beefsteak tomatoes and fresh-cut fried okra, my only assignment was to pair and provide a wine to enjoy with it.
If you’ve ever read Dr. Vino’s wine blog by Tyler Coleman, then you probably came across one of his “impossible food-wine pairings.” His latest had to do with what pairs with anchovies. Good luck with that! And after first thinking that a fried plate of Southern love might be impossible to match a wine with, I soon remembered the Meyer-Fonné, the Thanksgiving foreshadowing and the way a great Riesling magnificently traverses over varying flavors. Likewise I was now speculating that when it came to this quintessential Southern stable, a solid Riesling from Alsace would be the ticket to ride. My premise became palate positive.
So let me introduce you to one of Domaine Weinbach’s Riesling, the amicably dubbed Cuvée Théo. Another great representation of what the wines of Alsace have to offer, the 2011 Weinbach Riesling Cuvée Théo exhibits an apple joy aroma with a silky rendition of cider that is both delicate and indulging. A picnic basket of Southern fare with some fresh fruits has no greater friend.