Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What wine goes with...No. 7.

...venison?  Despite my best efforts to pair a red wine with this brown sugar/bourbon marinated game meat - I had two different Cabernet Sauvignons, a Cabernet Franc and a Syrah at my disposal - the wine that actually worked best with the venison was, surprisingly, a relatively unassuming Riesling.  Now, I'm not saying that Riesling is a so-so wine varietal.  On the contrary, many top wine critics (think Hugh) consider Riesling to be the world's finest white grape variety.  So who am I to argue?  It's just that the Dr. H. Thanisch, 2010 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling is, at approximately $20, a reasonably priced and reasonably accessible wine.  Nothing too special.
This Riesling, grown on the steep, slatey, sun-facing slopes along the banks of the meandering Moselle River, is what I'd expect a typical Riesling to taste like.  But what does a typical Riesling taste like?  From bone dry to staggeringly sweet, I am coming to the realisation that Riesling can be a rather delicious wine at any sweetness level.  Well balanced acidity and sugar (with a citrusy, flowery, slatey-minerality thing going on) meant this medium-bodied wine paired well with the sweet, tender dead deer on my plate.  A fact that I can only attribute to the acidity of the wine pairing well with the sweetness of the meat.  So at a measly $20 it was a deer wine after all.  Sorry!

13 comments:

Thud said...


Its the way you tell em!

Vinogirl said...

I know, I know...Frank Carson is probably rolling in his grave.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, when I finally get around to organizing my Riesling wines, I've got to remember to link this (your post), concise and spot-on post to that future organized effort; I have found Riesling to be versatile and pairable to the extreme, even though I believe one should drink whatever one likes with whatever one eats; that being said, there are definitely wines that more than compliment one's cuisine!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Link away.
I'm with you in the drinking "whatever one likes" department...

Thomas said...

We've known about pairing Riesling with venison in the Finger Lakes for quite some time. They grow together here in abundance.

Gewurztraminer often harmonizes with venison.

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: Then you could have shared that little snippet of information...

Thomas said...

You never asked.

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: OK, so what is the meaning of life?

Thomas said...

Don't ask...

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

I stumbled back here this evening; I think I enjoyed the post and comments better than at first! LOL :)
I hadn't remembered this quote though: "tender dead deer on my plate." Starkly stated!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Dead deer infinitely better than live deer on one's plate!

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Every time I come back to this post, I find something else that makes me laugh; so, what is the meaning of life!
Happy New Year!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Ask Tomasso!