Saturday, June 26, 2010

White Wine and Grilled Artichokes

I'm always up for a grilling challenge. Today, it was whole artichokes. I boiled them and then prep'd them for the grille. Additionally, I made a spicy aioli for dipping. And, I decided to compare two white wines and taste them with the artichokes. I had a Gruner Veltliner (white grape from Austria) and a white blend from Venge Vineyards. The Gruner Veltliner was a '07 "Singing Gruner Veltliner" and at a great price, $13. The Venge Vineyards was the '09 Champ des Fleurs (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Viognier) about $24. The Gruner Veltliner was the color of greenish yellow, citrus and lemon on the nose and somewhat acidic with a slight white pepper finish. The Gruner would go well with Sushi. As for the Venge Vineyards white blend, the color was like wheat straw and it was much less acidic, peach and apple on the nose, nicely balanced, medium bodied in the mouth and a nice finish. Both wines paired well with the grilled artichoke & spicy aioli sauce and they were both refreshing on a hot Tennessee summer afternoon. Give'm both a try. Cheers to all...

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