It’s not quite grilling weather up here in the Pacific Northwest. There have been moments here and there when the rain has abated. No stretch long enough to to dine on the patio without fleeces and the heater running. Hey, you do what you can.
Instead, boudin sizzle enticingly on the stovetop. The pop and hiss emanating from the cast iron skillet making diners impatient. Polenta and cauliflower are cooking away in the oven. One will emerge creamy and smooth, the other caramelized and crispy.
Such a meal would pair well with a robust Grenache or meaty Malbec. Instead, it’s riesling again. This time Washington State represents with the 2013 Efeste Evergreen Riesling from the Ancient Lakes sub appellation from the Columbia Valley.
It is a fuller bodied white wine with rich flavors of honied apricot, apple, pear, and white flowers. The wine finishes with strong citrus notes of tangerine, orange blossom, and lemon curd. It’s naturally high acidity will make this a superb pairing with dinner.