Posted on 23.08.19 Wine of the Week

#WOTW: a zippy Riesling that’s the perfect Asian pairing

For the second week, we’re in wonderful Washington State for our ‘wine of the week’, but this one couldn’t be more different.

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling (price varies, but it’s widely available from independent wine shops like Hay Wines at £15.99, Highbury Vintners at £18, or, if you’re prepared to buy six, £11.99 from Simply Wines Direct, or even Costco, at £11.67, if you’re a member) is a cracking wine that’s born to pair with Asian cuisine.

Zippy lime sherbet, tangerine and a whiff of lychee and lemongrass lead the charge, with wet pebbles, a lovely juicy plump texture and a long finish.  This is definitely off dry, but don’t even think about that, because the searing acidity balances the juicy fruit, resulting in real refreshment.

Incredibly, Washington produces more Riesling than anywhere else.  On my recent trip (read about it here), my travelling buddy, Kate Hawkings, introduced me to this wine, which she has added to many restaurant wine lists here in the UK.  So look out for it and enjoy it with something spicy.  I paired it with Keralan spice-roasted cauliflower and it worked a treat!


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