Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Eve Indulgence

In Germany it's Christmas Eve when we have our celebratery meal.
The children!!( all in their 40's)
come over and we laugh and guzzle

This year we had platters of Smoked Salmon,
Shrimps, Bean Sa
lad, Tello Tonnato,
Marinated Prawns and a Paprika Terrine.
Enough to feed a regiment..
think my wife worked in an elite canteen
in an earlier life..maybe around the time of
Oliver Twist..he was
always asking for more)
To ensure a smoothness from starter to main
course (Veal Steaks and Pasta) with the wines..
I chose the Islander White..followed by
Wassmer's Spätburgunder
Rotwein 'R' 2004
and finished with the
Bodegas Castano 2004.
The reds I have tried before so I'll just note the white...

The Islander Estate
Wally White Semillon/Viognier 2005
Kangaroo Island, South
With the diverse food..I always like to have a slightly exotic wine and the Viognier on the label decided me. Then I checked..only 5%...the rest being Semillon..Screwcap off..first smell..really delicious..smokey, new oak.
This is a cool climate wine..so no Aussie Headbasher here..some elegance and the acidity keeps it lively and crsip..and the Viognier kept it a perfect match for the food.
James Halliday..well-known wine critic...gave this 94/100...
I wouldn't go as far as that but
Points 17

PS..the Wassmer went perfectly with the smoked salmon....

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