Remembering how it all started
It is trendy among young Romanians to say they like wine: but not all wine just red. It seems the whites are not taken seriously. As a contrarian, what opened my eyes and made me love wine was actually a white wine. More precise a 2006 Chateau Puech Haut Tete de Belier Blanc. This simply blew my mind and showed me that not all wines are the same and some can leave you speechless and in a meditative state. That’s how it all started for me.
Last evening Chez Grozea’s was a real special dinner prepared together with Andreea. I decided to try to cook veal tongue as I didn’t have it in a while and to try a new sauce: Béarnaise sauce. The recipe is not difficult, you need to make a reduction from white wine, vinegar, fresh tarragon and parsley, shallots boiled until 1/3 of liquid is left. This is mixed together with lemon juice,egg yolks and melted butter. The difficult part is to mix the reduction with the egg yolks and melted butter gradually on a bain marie for 8 straight minutes until the texture thickens and is no longer liquid. That’s where the challenge lies. After following these steps my final result looked like this: a beautiful yellow and thick sauce.
The veal tongue was boiled together with celery, carrots and onion and was tender and tasty. I used some of the stock to make a sauce for the green beans from garlic, stock, olive oil and a little bit of butter. The final result was an extremely flavored dish and looked like this:
I decided to pair this dish with a white wine: 1997 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris, a wine I bought from Caves Auge from Paris for 37 EUR.
1997 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris
The wine has a deep pure gold color and an oily appearance. The nose, a little bit restraint at the beginning, started to open up as it got a little bit warmer with strong flavors of honeyed tropical fruits and discreet muscat. In the mouth this wine is an explosion for the senses. Imagine a bowl with freshly cut ripe tropical fruits mixed with Asian spices, ginger, nuts and then everything melted in honey. This is the best way to describe these extraordinary flavors. The wine starts sweet in the mouth and finishes dry with a perfect acidity, a perfect balance of the 14% alc, an exquisite silkiness and a beautiful mouth coating. If we could drink silk this would feel like. This full body wine finishes with spices and mango in an endless aftertaste. A real work of art. Exceptional+
The taste of it took me back to that first experience when I became passionate about wine and that pure flavor of honey brought back pleasant memories from my childhood. Some wines have this metaphysical power to take you far away and this makes them so unique.
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