It has been ages since I cooked a real meal at home. The last few weeks included some terrific meals dining out, but a busy schedule has turned eating at home to a series of quick, simple and perfunctory meals. I’ve relied on a limited cooking repertoire of sandwiches, salads and digging into the freezer’s reserves of soups and stews.
Then finally, there was a Sunday night where I had the time and energy to really cook. I kept it simple—it wasn’t one of the epic dirty-every-dish-in-the-kitchen masterpieces I’m known for doing on occasion. But it was still delicious: salmon roasted in butter, roasted asparagus and Rancho Gordo wild rice.
I like salmon because it is easy to cook, and just as easy to pair with wines; I think it goes well with everything from Riesling to Chardonnay on the white wine side, and Pinot Noir to Syrah on the reds. We’ve been talking about Riesling at home lately, so I decided to crack open a bottle of Leeuwin Riesling Margaret River Art Series 2008 ($22 a bottle), from Australia, that I found in my cellar.
The crisp, juicy acidity went great with the buttery, rich salmon. And the flavorful, nutty-tasting wild rice was really enhanced by the fresh fruit flavors and floral aromatics. The Riesling was also terrific on its own, perfectly refreshing and charming. I rated the wine 88 points, non-blind.
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