Sunday, May 4, 2008

Artichokes, Shrimp Cocktail & Chenin Blanc

Covey Run Chenin Blanc 2005 – Washington
This is one of those wines that are two-wines-in-one. The first is when the wine is cold from the refrigerator – the nose is mild, just a hint of apple. The tastes are a little too much like many inexpensive, ethereal (typically California) Chenins. Yet once this wine warms and opens in the glass, it becomes almost like a Vouvray – tastes of honey and melon. And the tangy zingy-ness it has when cold disappears and becomes a mild natural sweetness with a nice, mild acid balance. It definitely smoothes out as it warms. Yes (bordering on House). $8

Steamed Artichokes & Southwest Shrimp Cocktail

  • Pan braise fresh peeled and deveined shrimp in tequila, chili oil, rosemary, and garlic. Chill.
  • Mix ketchup, mayonnaise, crushed garlic, finely chopped onion, finely chopped chipotle chili. Chill.
  • Serve warm artichokes and cold shrimp. Dip artichokes in either melted butter or cocktail sauce.