Sunday, April 05, 2009

WOW as the weather warms pinot grigio chills

It was a mostly warm weekend in Texas and promises to get warmer, so meals are likely to lighten up and wines cool down. Perfect conditions for pinot grigio with a nice caesar salad. Jamaican jerk chicken was the next course and it worked even better as the cool well-rounded fruit of the pinot grigio chilled the burn of the peppers and ginger in the jerk seasoning. Awesome! Experiment with a variety of pinot grigios: Italian for sure, maybe some California or Oregon and for sure try some pinot gris from Alsace - crisp and bone dry. And yes, those silver slivers are anchovies on the salad, and not the oversalted brown thingies from a can. Mandola's grocery on Lamar sells the real deal: anchovies in vinegar that are perfect on a good caesar. They come from the deli case so you can get exactly enough to put in your salad without a bunch left over to scent the fridgie. Of course all by themselves they make a nice little tapas plate...

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