Saturday, September 22, 2012

Viognier via "Blue Fin"

This months cover, original photo by Matej Bogdanovski,
digital augmentation & layout by K.K.W
From Dalmatia (Croatia) with love. By K.K.W

Viognier is one of the tastiest white wines on the market with an interesting history to match its amazing taste. Its the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu, in the Rhone valley. 

The origin of the grape is presumed to be ancient, possibly originating in Dalmatia (present day Croatia)and then brought to Rhone by the Romans. The "Blue Fin" label sold @ Trader Joes is a great catch with a smooth, almost lush taste. Its aromatic fruit-forward elements always leaving its gentle, subtle flavor etched on your tongue, and swimming through your senses.   

It goes great with spicy foods:Thai, Indian, Caribbean (Jerk Chicken, spicy curry).
Savory food brings out its flavors in a slightly different way; fresh ginger-soy sauce with diced rosemary and onions with Broiled tofu & brown rice.

Cheese: Gorgonzola, Brie, & pecorino
Quike-bite pairing - Start with olive oil in a sauce pan (2-3 tablespoons), diced tomatoes, fresh basil, onions, small amount of garlic, 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Let simmer for 15-20 mins.
Slice one eggplant (leave the skin on) into thin (not to thin)circular slices, grill or fry until cooked. Place a small amount of sauce on plate, then 1 slice of eggplant, top with gorgonzola cheese, add another slice of eggplant, top with cheese (3-4 layers like this), then top with sauce. 

Consume slowly, and always have seconds.

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