With pork and shrimp dumplings finished with chinese black vinegar and serrano chiles, 2005 Chateau de Segries Tavel. Much as I enjoy rose, Tavels often have a volatile nose and a slightly sherried taste to me, and this was another along that line. Better with the food than alone. (14% alcohol).
With Malaysian Glazed Chicken Wings and a salad of enoki, shitake and celtuce in a white tamari dressing (recipe just posted in The Kitchen), 2005 Negroamaro Salento Rosato. We loved this wine last year but the 05's a disappointment. Underripe fruit struggles to make an impression then fades quickly into a cardboard-flavored finish. Halfway through the glass, I called off the hunt and dumped everyone's glasses, and filled them with this replacement:
2005 Colline Novaresi "Il Mimo" Dry Rose of Nebbiolo. Ah, finally a wine I like. Superbly balanced tangy pomegranite fruit and spicy sandalwood. A joy.
Witha spicy beef penang and a pineapple padh thai with pea leaves, 2003 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Spatlese. Young but good--exceptionally complex flavors of lime leaf, pineapple, loquats, candied orange and grapefruit peel, lychee nuts and spice. I know I'm going to get reBueked for having killed an infant, but really David, it was SO good with the food.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov