8 Buyers, 1 Store, 8000 Wines

Sunday, March 30, 2008

On 1:18 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
The plan last night was to go to a neighborhood place for fondue. We had gone to Artisinal a few weeks ago. It was great, but not as great as we had remembered. It was also very expensive.

Kashkaval was opened a number of years ago as an interesting outpost of 9th Avenue Cheese. They sold cheese, whole bean coffees out of barrels, and other gourmet items. They have transitioned themselves into a wine bar/cheese shop with the coffee down to about five barrels and the cheese relegated to a very small counter in the front. In the back is the wine bar, and in keeping with their roots, have fondue on the menu.

I don't know what their corkage policy is, but in anticipation of going there for dinner, I bought a bottle of Paul Blanck Reisling Grand Cru Schlossberg 2004. When my wife and I decided we were too tired to go out, we ordered in from Westside Chef, our neighborhood Chinese delivery place. Riesling is the wine we often recommend for Chinese food, so we decided to open it up with dinner anyway.

The food was decent; we just got a bunch of appetizers and an order of Lo Mein. The wine was delicious. Soft and round up front, with warm apple and honey notes, it finished up with a crisp and welcome acidity. It tasted fresh and pure. It had enough bite to clear the slightly greasy taste from the fried food. In general, it was easy and inviting, but I really think that, as it ages, as the fruitiness declines, the wine will become more complex and even brighter. I think I'd like to get a bottle to put away, just to see what happens.


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