I found out this past month that the worst part of having the flu is the loss of the sense of smell and taste. The first night that I felt like the flu had passed I opened what I thought was a very aromatic wine only to find that it had no aromas at all and that, of course, affected the taste. A few days later, though, everything was back to normal. That evening for dinner we had a light meal of chicken salad, (i.e. a salad with diced chicken added, not the sandwich spread). Most of the time, I'll have a creamy dressing with this, but on this night I used oil and vinegar. For a wine, I chose a Long Point Winery dry Riesling 2011($11). I think I would have picked a white wine no matter what the meal. I don't think I was ready for something red, yet.
Now, I don't think it was my 10 day abstinence from wine, but this was one of the best 2011 dry Rieslings I've tasted to date. Lots of peach and nectarine aromas with some melon and pineapple and a hint of lemon zest were just what I needed. Fantastic mouthfeel with taste of apricots, green apple and citrus completed my healing process. Nice dry finish that, as expected, paired very well with the salad. I believe that no matter how you like your white wines, dry or sweet, that Rieslings are the most versatile of them all and the Long Point Winery dry Riesling is one of the best. Very Highly Recommended.