Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Regional Wine Week: Days 3 and 4

As promised, day 3 (Tues) of Regional Wine Week I chose a dry Riesling from Billsboro Winery.
I just recently reviewed a Billsboro Sauvignon Blanc and remembered from a recent visit to the winery that the dry Riesling was one of the best I tasted that day.
Lots of tropical aromas with some tangerine on the nose. Very velvety with a hint of lime in the mouth. The finish is very smooth, but also very short.
Enjoyed with a baked chicken breast stuffed with baby artichoke hearts then covered with bruschetta and mozzarella.

Wednesday, got home from work to a just finished baked trout. Nothing fancy, just a whole trout baked with a little butter. Served with roasted potatoes and string beans. This meal calls for a nicely chilled Riesling, but I had a Riesling last night and figured I'd experiment tonight with a bottle of Tocai Friulano 2008 from the Ventosa Vineyards. Sounds like a nice Italian wine from my wife's birthplace of Trieste in NE Italy, but this Italian grape is estate grown at the Ventosa Vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake in Geneva NY.
Lots of floral aromas of honeysuckle and apple blossom in the glass. In the mouth, a thick and velvety feel and a flavor of a sweet grapefruit. The finish was smooth and dry with a touch of sweetness. Definitely a very nice wine, but a bit overpowering for trout. Would love to try this with Salmon or a pork roast.
Three more days and three more Finger Lakes wines. Next post will cover days 5, 6 and 7.

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