So the search is on for recipes to accompany decent Alsatian Gewürz.
I discovered a rather complicated French recipe involving far too many ingredients, reductions and faffing about for my liking but, if simplified, looked promising for a first attempt. The combination of spices plus grapefruit and pineapple juices not only mirrors the flavours in the wine but implies an Oriental influence.
Spiced Duck Breasts with Pineapple and Grapefruit Juice.
Ingredients to serve 2
Combine the two juices, stock and spices and boil until reduced to a thick sauce. A little sugar may be added to adjust the sweetness to the level of the wine perhaps. A knob of butter should give a shine to the sauce too. Pan fry the duck breasts and serve with the strained sauce. Accompany with new potatoes and watercress.
Another recipe that you might like to try with Gewürztraminer has just been posted over on Thorngrove Table. This dish, Stir-fried Chicken with Chinese Chives, involves ginger and sesame oil, a combination that should bring out different flavours in a wine than the sweeter sauce detailed above. The Thorngrove recipe would need a drier version of Gewürztraminer.
Wine Tasting Note: Hugel Gewürztraminer, 2002, Alsace, France.
Listed by Oddbins at £10.79.
The nose didn’t really excite. Pleasantly limey with some nutty ginger spice, but little in the way of roses, lychees or exotic fruits. Soft palate initially then a dry sharpness, ginger again, on the mid-palate which I didn’t care much for. The finish is gentle and verging on rose flavours coupled with an orange twist, long and full of ginger and cinnamon. With food, however, it was greatly improved. That middle ‘hole’ proving to have an affinity with food.
Scribblings Rating – 84/100
I was expecting this wine to be too dry to accompany the richness of the sauce. Tasted by itself it gave the impression of being too light and insubstantial. But the wines softness and full-bodied nature worked well with the heavily reduced sauce. I was surprised.
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