Last night we had some magnificent Chicken Pot Pies for dinner. My lovely bride has posted the recipe in her blog DAZ in the Kitchen. Make sure you enjoy these tummy warmers before spring gets truly on top of us (here in Australia - in the US you are now moving into Chicken Pot Pie season!). These pot pies are easy to make and simply delicious! Don't just throw a Swanson frozen pie in the microwave if you are in the US either! Follow the recipe and provide yourself a real treat! (And serve Chardonnay with it!)
From my post yesterday, you understand that we choose a beautiful Chardonnay, the 2006 Penfolds Bin 144 Yatarnna to go with the Chicken Pot Pies. Tonight we are having Orange Chicken for dinner, yet having a Riesling instead of Chardonnay as it will match with the food better.
So, why not just do Chardonnay again? Yesterday, the food was tasty but mild, had a creamy sauce and a light pastry crust on top. Not wanting to have either the wine or the food outshine the other, we choose a mellow Chardonnay to go match equally with the food in terms of taste and texture. However, tonight's meal is Orange Chicken, which uses a tangy-er orange concentrate, some balsamic vinegar and a few other ingredients. Therefore, we needed an edgier, sharper wine and therefore it made sense to select a Riesling.
I have some great Rieslings we paid $15 - $18 per bottle for, including Ladbroke, Leo Buring, Annie's Lane, and Mamre Brook, but I did not have one of those chilled. After this bottle of the 2009 Hugel Alsace Riesling, I will need to be more selective as I only have four bottles left and this is a truly spectacular wine. In fact, this wine is so good, it is part of my second best wine meal ever! I may need to see if I can source some more.
The 2009 Hugel Alsace Riesling has melon flavors and a long finish. And dare I say, a slight taste of banana. (Or maybe the banana impression is coming from the baking of banana bread by my wife today that is sitting on top of the kitchen counter!)