Alright, here's my dilemma or at least one of them. Tonight Shirley and daughter Pam are making 'halupkies' for dinner. Halupkies are also known as stuffed cabbage or as we called them in our house as kids growing up in the Pennsylvania coal region, 'blind pigeons.' Typically made with ground beef or pork or both, rice and a bunch of herbs and spices or whatever (I'm not much in the kitchen), rolled in boiled cabbage leaves and baked with a tomato sauce on top (usually tomato soup). The dilemma, I have no clue as to what wine to open. I checked with Nat Decants and a few other pairing sites and found nothing until I came across allrecipes.com. That only added to the dilemma. You see, all the stuffed cabbage recipes call for beef or pork and Shirley only uses ground turkey. From All Recipes; Syrah, Zin or Riesling were suggested with the different submitted recipes.
I decided on a white wine and whatever I pulled out of the wine fridge, without looking, would be opened for dinner. The winner was; Row House Cellars White Table Wine NV, brought home from a recent visit to the White Springs Winery in Geneva NY.
Specially selected lots of four white varieties are chosen to produce a wine with fruity aromas of stone fruits and citrus. The grapes used in the blend are Riesling, Cayuga White, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Grigio. Color was a nice light greenish gold. Aromas of green apple, peach and grapefruit and a mouthful of peach and citrus with a nice smooth dry finish made this an excellent choice for the "turkey" halupkies. The wine is about as sweet as I would want in any wine (1.5% RS), but still finished dry and long.
Dessert was a different story. Black Cherry Swirl ice cream does not do well with any wine, including late harvest dessert wines. A nice brandy snifter of Gran Marnier would have done much better or a dark chocolate lava cake with the wine.
A good friend of mine is very much in love with White Springs white wines and with good reason. They are among the best in the Finger Lakes. I picked some up at the July Wine Fest and more on the recent visit. My first taste of Gewurztraminer was from White Springs and I'm sure of picking up more whites at the December "Deck the Halls" weekend.
I believe this is the first year of Row House Cellars. They are a tribute to the distinctive architectural styles of the Row Houses of Geneva, NY. They are also very inexpensive...at only $12
Take it from an amateur wine lover.....Great Buy!