Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Oceana Riesling 2007

One night I was trying to pair a wine with a Chinese meal served at home. Most Chinese restaurants serve Chardonnay, but there are better pairings. I was thinking of a Gewurztraminer because of the spicy peach and ginger flavors. However, my local wine store recommended the 2007 Oceana Riesling from the Oceana Estates Winery in Sonoma, CA. The grapes for this wine are grown in Monterey, CA which has a slightly cooler growing season due to the winds from the Bay and the grapes typically remain on the vines an extra month. As a result, the flavors are stronger and sweeter. This Riesling had some peach aroma but it was being overpowered by a fig newton cookie smell. The wine was quite dry and sweet with the citrus flavors. Interesting blue bottle with a mermaid logo but it will not entice me to buy another bottle, especially at $20. I think the Gewurztraminer would have been a better selection, or an Alsace. Don't be afraid to try wine with spicy ethnic foods.

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