Kungfu Girl Riesling is Ready For Football

After writing for weeks about sweating bodies and wine bottles, Mother Nature realized its football season for heaven’s sake!

On cue, the temperature dropped and the sun lost its weighty intensity.

Whether tailgating outside, or gathering on the couch in front of the TV, there are always lots of food choices.  In my kitchen we had salsas, hummus, chips, veggies–all the necessary munchies to accompany the big game.

I also made black bean tacos, full of cumin and garlic, as well as cilantro and drizzles of lime juice.

I served the Kungfu Girl Riesling 2012 from Washington State alongside.  Bad-boy winemaker Charles Smith says of his Riesling, named from a scene in Kill Bill: Volume 2, “This wine kicks a** with tons of complexity.”  Wine Advocate says it “has to be one of the best values in white wine… (and) should be purchased by the case.”  It has been a Wine Spectator Best Value three years in a row.  I featured it in the Hy-Vee Seasons magazine as a great choice for summer wine sipping.

So many accolades!  And it is so versatile that here I am recommending it for football tailgating!

Kungfu Girl is 100% Riesling from the Evergreen Vineyard in Columbia Valley.  The wines from this northern, rocky vineyard show strong acidity and vibrant varietal fruits.

Kungfu Girl does exactly that with highly aromatic peach, melon, and floral notes.  The fruits sing on the palate with peach, pear and apricot.  Lots of zesty lime balances the sweeter fruits and the acidity is mouthwatering.  The bit of sweetness in this wine paired well with the heat from the hot peppers on the tacos and the zesty acidity was a great match with all the salsas and the lime juice drizzles.

A delicious lemon tart from Tami’s Tarts was the comforting consolation for my team’s loss and, oh yeah, Kungfu Girl kicked it with this as well.  The sweet fruits and the sweet-tart lemon custard matched the wine’s flavors, making a perfect game-end at my house.

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  1. artworkworld - Jan 04, 2014 Reply

    I saw your post when looking up something on another one. I had posted about Kung Fu Girl Riesling on my site about football & wine http://realmendrinkrose.wordpress.com/ so clearly there is a groundswell for Riesling & football! The black bean tacos look great too. Best!

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