I started on a health kick when I returned from my last trip. While I was away I ate however I wanted; chips, ham, beef, bread from Ireland, fried cheese, kabobs and pastries from Turkey and giant pretzels from Germany. Sure, it was delicious, but I really needed to back off, especially because we have all of those things in America and worse – they aren’t as good so you feel like you need twice as much!
Well here I am off white breads and fries and I’m really feeling the pain. On Thursday I had made some homemade applesauce. There is hardly any added sugar in it, but it just smells and tastes sweet. I took a bunch of sliced apples, skin on and boiled them down with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. This got me thinking of pork chops. I just love the flavours of apple and pork together. Pork chops and apple is such a fall meal too; it’s warm and hearty and decadent. My idea for the potatoes spawned from my NEED for fries, but I couldn’t have them! So I chopped an onion and potatoes and threw them in a casserole dish and baked the crap out of them. I added some cheesy pull apart bread for those that could have it because I thought cheddar and apples – who can go wrong with that.
I chose a dry Alsacian … Alsation – well it was from Alsace – Riesling, from Raleigh Wine Shop. I thought a Riesling from this area would work the best because I didn’t want sweet, but I love the taste of Riesling with white meats and light tasting foods (potatoes, apples). There was barely any smell to it, but the taste was excellent. Medium-bodied for a Riesling, enough weight in the mouth and the citrus worked nicely with the meal. As my family tasted it, we agreed that the meal was making the wine taste better. The flavour of the pork and spiced apples help create the roundness of the wine – to complete it.
For those who think all whites are bad and also that they should be left to summer, I must implore you to change your mind. German whites aren’t harvested in the summer, they are barely grown in any heat at all – it’s cold up North. Although this is a French wine, it takes on the nature of it’s German neighbor – it is great with fall foods, it’s dry and light. It doesn’t even need to be chilled all that much, in fact ours was probably around 40° F. I fear any colder and we might have lost valuable taste. Anyways, that’s just my spiel, wines should get equal tasting!
On the back of the wine, there is a nice little anecdote. It only makes me want to visit the lands between France and Germany more where Alsace resides. It’s an area that has been fought over many times and has resulted in becoming a wonderful mix of cultures. I hope to one day visit and walk from one country to the other, I hear it’s beautiful.
Salut my friends.