Wine: 2006 Bergstom Dr Bergstrom Riesling
(USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Food: Duck Stuffed Georgia Quail
(with grilled endive, dried cherries, roasted peanuts)
I make no excuses. I am a pushover for good Riesling, but I find very few from the West Coast that really turn me loose. Most seem to lack the petrol, minerals, and acidity of their German counterparts. This was my first experience with the Bergstrom Riesling- I was not disappointed. It was a delightful wine.
The quail dish was stuffed with duck sausage and was a killer plate to share. The acidity of Riesling really sliced through the richness of this dish- And the peanuts, cherries, and endive really seemed to balance out the sweet and sour aspects of the wine. There is a lot going on here, but like a complex wine, this pairing had you eagerly going back to try it again and again. It worked well on a lot of levels, and helped show that great Riesling isn't just for spicy foods.
As mentioned, our trip to Canoe was a great experience. Chef Carvel and Matt are amazing people with such passion for what they do. Their enthusiasm is contagious.
(all photos courtesy of Broderick Smylie)