We recently participated in a Wines of Chile sauv blanc/chard tasting. We’d fully intended to make some of the recipes they sent for dinner on the night of the tasting – work got in the way. We then figured that we’d cook the food the night after the tasting when we revisited the wines – yup fail #2. Fast forward, and we finally found time to cook. We opted to make their shrimp ceviche and coconut rice and pair them with a bottle of ’09 Glen Manor Vineyards sauv blanc we had on hand.
I wasn’t sure how well an ’09 sauv blanc would have held up, but it was still drinking well. I noted a very green, grassy nose with a hint of boxwood and a touch of citrus. The green notes were dominant on the palate, but I also noted some lime and tropical fruit flavors. Given my notes from when we bought this wine, it seems like it’s now a bit less fruity than it used to be, but that doesn’t bother me at all. It was still crisp and refreshing – exactly what I was looking for with this meal.
As far as the food, the Wines of Chile recipes were, once again, a hit. I have no idea why it never occurred to me to replace half the water used to cook rice with coconut milk, but I really liked the results. As for the ceviche, it wasn’t really ceviche, but it made a nice shrimp and avocado salad, and it played really well with the sauv blanc. Both of these recipes are getting added to the rotation at Chez Snark.
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