Sunday, 12 January 2014

Pinot Gris Pairing

Pinot Gris is one of those varieties of wine that doesn't really receive much attention, definitely not in Australia at least.  I really think this is a shame, as both Pinot Gris (the French style) and Pinot Grigio (the Italian Style) are zesty and refreshing - perfect for a hot summer evening.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to receive half a case of Gibson Bridge 2009 Reserve Pinot Gris from our good friends who were emptying their (rather large) wine stash in preparation for an around-the-world holiday.  Gibson Bridge is a boutique family-owned, single-vineyard winery located in Marlborough, NZ (yes, the area does more than just Sauvignon Blanc!).  

To be honest, I actually chose this wine to drink and then constructed a meal around it, rather than finding a wine to go with the meal.  And this is what I came up with:

Meaty Snapper Wings + Homemade Potato Chips + Red Cabbage and Coriander Coleslaw

The verdict?  Yum.  
I had actually never tried Snapper Wings before, but they were on special at my local seafood shop.  Cooking is simple:  BBQ the wings for 5-10min once they have been seasoned and wrapped in alfoil with some lemon wedges and a knob of butter each.

And why does pinot gris match?  
When you have a zingy, citrusy pinot gris to drink, it works well with a seafood dish, linked with some lemon/lime flavours.  This particular wine also worked well as it had quite a 'full' mouth feel and lots of flowery flavours, which added to the simple flavours in the meal.