Riesling is still one of those seldom drunk wines in the UK, and is only the 20th variety grown worldwide. It had a dip in popularity in the late 80’s and 90’s due to the cheap and sweeter varieties going out of fashion, nevertheless it has remained popular with some wine drinkers, and among quality wines is in the top three white varieties.
We drink it at home for one reason, it goes amazingly well with asian prawn dishes. Suddenly those lemon marmalade flavours are tempered by the spices and chilli and perform one of those symbiotic taste sensations like strawberries and cream.
Australian Rieslings are great drunk young and because of the thicker skins on the grape tend to be more pronounced in the oily citrus flavours. TingleUp is typical in this respect but it is well crafted and balanced and is good on its own, it works well as an aperitif and is great with some olives.
We often eat a malaysian style prawn and noodle soup. We make it really simple by wok-ing up prawns with ginger, garlic and fresh chilli- adding some shredded pak choi, sliced peppers and spring onion- placing them in a large bowl on some udo noodles (the large soft ones) already prepared, and pouring over some unpasteurised miso soup. For some reason it helps to have at least half a glass while you are cooking, but keep the bottle nice and chilled to wash down the chilli hit.
ingredients for 2
a thumb of ginger, a couple of cloves garlic, a medium red chilli deseeded all chopped.
1 shredded pak choi, 1 red pepper thinly sliced , 2-3 spring onions, 1 carrot thinly sliced
8 large fresh peeled prawns.
Udo japanese noodles (large rice noodles)
Unpasteurised brown miso paste (available in waitrose and tesco and other larger supermarkets)
Fresh coriander freshly chopped, a lime for squeezing
wok fry the chopped garlic, chilli and ginger in oil just until the flavours release, add the vegetables and prawns. at the same time soak the noodles and make a miso soup with hot water but not boiling. Put a bed of noodles in a large bowl, add the stir fried veg and prawns, pour over the miso soup, garnish with coriander, squeeze some lime over the top.
Tesco Tingleup Riesling £6.99
Now thats a good week day easy meal, and a reasonably priced wine to go with it.