Sushi Wines Girlan Winery Alto Adige
Wines That Pair with Sushi !
One of the most frequently asked questions we/I get is what wines to pair with Sushi ?
In general we recommend “off dry” versions of Rieslings, Gewurztraminer’s and Chenin Blanc’s where that little bit of residual sugar actually takes the edge off the soy sauce and wasabi. For the Red’s nothing full bodied like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel but something lighter bodied like a Cotes du Rhone, Beaujolais or Pinot Noir from the Alto Adige region of Italy.
Recently I had a bunch of samples to go through, yeah, yeah a tough job but someone has to taste all these wines and see what foods they really pair with.
Two of the these wines were from Girlan winery in Alto Adige (rumor has it that Girlan supplies Pinot Grigio to Santa Margherita)
Cantina Girlan founded as a Wine Growers Cooperative in 1923 and today it has expanded to over two hundred growers with 500 acres of Vineyards. Vineyards in this area date back over One Thousand Years to 1085 A.D..
The vineyards are located at altitudes from 700 to 1500 feet above sea level, in different soil types that form an ideal environment for growing numerous native and international varieties.
Gewurztraminer actually is from the Village of Tramin, given the Germanic Language of the region Gewurz was added which means “Spice Aroma”
Grapes are harvested by hand at peak of ripeness and placed in small containers to prevent excess pressure on the grapes. Gentle whole cluster pressing and clarification of the must by natural sedimentation. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature.
Aging on the lees for 6 months in stainless steel tanks without malolatic fermentation.
Gewurztraminer Aime’ is golden yellow in color. It has an intense, aromatic bouquet and a full-bodied palate that demand flavorful dishes. It is recommended with full flavored cheeses and desserts, such as apple strudel or pie. It is also a good match to spicy dishes and sweet and sour creations typical of Asian cuisine.
2009 Girlan Winery Alto Adige Pinot Noir Riserva Trattmann
Trattman is the winery’s flagship, award-winning wine: a selection of 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the slopes of the ‘Trattmann’ farm in Mazon, by many regarded as one of the best sites for Pinot Noir in all of Italy.
After destemming and gentle pressing, the grapes are taken to steel fermenting vats. Maceration on the skins lasts 20 to 25 days. After fermentation (100% malolactic) the wine is aged for 15 months in French barriques and large oak casks. It then rests for another 7 months before being release.
Ruby red in color with slight tones of grenadine. An intense and complex nose with hints of ripe fruit, cherry and maraschino. A soft and delicate palate with a good fruity tannic structure and elegant finish. Pairs well with roasted meats, game, and spicy cheeses.