The other day I opened a bottle of Pinot Noir that didn’t quite suit my fancy and here I had a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings (well, most of them) so I had a dilemma on my hands.
Now that the first wine I opened didn’t do the trick for a wine paired with some food, so I had to venture into the catacombs of my basement to retrieve a bottle of wine to save the day.
As some of you know me will also know that I can spend hours in the basement on my wine database searching for the “right” wine. Seeing as I had struck out with the red wine I first chose I decided to go with another strategy and seek out a wine other than a Pinot Noir. I decided on Taylor Brooke’s Winter Pomegranate.
This seasonal fruit-infused Riesling is usually only available in the October-November-ish months when this is plentiful. The aromas and flavors are of fresh pomegranate when they are in season. I am quite fond of Rieslings and Taylor Brooke’s spin on a fruit-infused Riesling gave the turkey dinner a great wine-food pairing. So, this saved the day as it went perfectly well with the meal.
I have in the past also paired this with an appetizer my grandmother used to make consisting of sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil; sprinkled with fresh chopped basil (whole leaves are good too); sliced or chopped garlic; and either Asiago, Parmesan, or Romano grated cheese on top. You can also place sliced fresh Mozzarella instead of the grated cheese, which I prefer especially if all the ingredients are fresh.
So, if you’re looking for a great wine to serve with a meal, pick up the Winter Pomegranate. It sells for around $12 and is well worth the cost of admission.