An Idaho Food and Wine Pairing

2008 Sawtooth Riesling
2008 Sawtooth Riesling

I’ll be honest, other than at a restaurant or paired alongside the casual fruit and cheese platter, I was never a food and wine kind of guy. That’s all changed in 2010. More and more, I’m finding myself pouring through the pages of Food & Wine or Wine Spectator hoping to find the perfect pairing. As a result, I hope to share more pairing suggestions this year and have included a new “pairings” category under “wine” for quick access.

In support of my new goal, tonight’s dinner featured a 2008 Sawtooth Riesling paired alongside a Thai Curry dish. The 100% Estate Riesling is produced by Sawtooth Winery, located in the heart of the Snake River AVA in Idaho. I’ve highlighted Sawtooth in the past (read more here) and frequently recommend to friends and family looking for a wine from the other 46 states. Widely available at a number of retail outlets for $9.99, Sawtooth produced 1,960 cases of the 2008 Riesling.

Showing the typical apple, pear, and peach on the nose, the off-dry, medium-bodied Riesling proved to be a great match next to the spicy dish. A delicious wine on its own, but even better with food. Cheers!

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5 thoughts on “An Idaho Food and Wine Pairing

  1. Agreed, this is a very good QPR wine from Idaho that’s easy to find. That pairing sounds good too. “Idaho is more than just potatoes”, says the wine grapes!

  2. Yep! That’s EXACTLY what I would go with! I have a bottle of Caymus Special that cries to me every night from my wine fridge… should I crack into it, or wait longer? 🙂

  3. A classic. Plus I like the $99 price tag for the past two vintages! It’s funny, I used to hoard my higher end bottles, but that’s all changed this year. I’m all about enjoying my collection now with friends and family. I say open:-) BTW, what’s with the live video? I want to say I saw a Tweet where you mentioned you were doing a live tasting…

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