Grilled shrimp skewers and a great Douro white!

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Grilled shrimp skewers and a great Douro white!

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:51 pm

I marinaded some shrimp in dry herb mix, garlic, ginger and olive oil. Served with mushroom risotto and mixed green salad with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. On discussing a possible wine/food match, Anastasia suggested the Douro Castello d`Alba white we enjoyed about a year ago. As you will see, a pretty good match!

WTN: `06 Castello d`Alba Douro Reserva Branco.

This is my 3rd bottle, $18 Cdn, very under-rated in my opinion. The non-oaked red is a terrific wine too.

Color. Medium straw, no green.

Nose. More floral than 9 months ago, still has that grassy Sauv Blanc edge but with tropical fruit in spades. "More apple this time around".

Palate. I knew the oak barrel treatment but this was fine. Good acidity, off-dry, lengthy finish. Like the citrus element here which blends well with the restrained passion fruit and melon. Certainly not a tropical fruit bomb, went well with the shrimp but not so great with the rice.

*** Have started drawing up food ideas for my `96 white Musar. Possibly grilled eggplant and artichokes if I can find them?
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Re: Grilled shrimp skewers and a great Douro white!

Postby Sue Courtney » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:21 am

so that's an Albertan verison of prawns on the Barbie!
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Re: Grilled shrimp skewers and a great Douro white!

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:06 pm

Not really, smaller shrimp was all I could find in my freezer!
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Re: Grilled shrimp skewers and a great Douro white!

Postby Jenise » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:09 pm

Is the grape Sauvignon Blanc? You make that reference but you don't quite say it.
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Re: Grilled shrimp skewers and a great Douro white!

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:27 pm

Jenise wrote:Is the grape Sauvignon Blanc? You make that reference but you don't quite say it.


Nope Jenise! Blend of Codega do Larinho, Robigato and Viosinho...pretty obscure eh.
I should have mentioned this in my original post.
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