Alsace Gewurztraminer with Spicy Beef Short Ribs in a Quinoa Bowl #Winophiles #AlsaceRocks

The French Winophiles Dig Into Alsace with #AlsaceRocks

This month the French Winophiles are collaborating with the kind folks at Alsace Wines in their summer promotion, Alsace Rocks! This post is one in a series of four wine pairing challenges for Alsace wines with American dishes.

Pairing #4 Alsace Gewurztraminer with Savory, Smoky, and Hot Spicy
This was our favorite challenge of our assigned four bottles of wine. Gewurztraminer (no ümlauts in the Alsace spelling) is little known in the US. Super aromatic with spicy fruit aromas, the wine is often a bit sweet and not overly acidic. If you have a dish with some spice, however, Gewurztraminer can be a stellar pairing.  Give it a try!

Our dinner included smoky, savory, spicy (NOT sweet) short ribs, with a variety of textures and fresh flavors in the quinoa grain bowl. The final touch was some spicy-hot kimchi to wake up the palate. The Gewurztraminer was definitely up to the task!

Domaine Pfister Gewurztraminer AOC “Tradition” 2013 (sample, $30 SRP)
From the winery: “Mélanie Pfister, the eighth generation of her family, is a young and dynamic winemaker who took over from her father with the 2006 vintage, but dad is far from retiring. He very proudly works the 25 acres of vineyards as hard as he ever did; he just no longer sweats the cellar work.” Mélanie did her homework prior to taking the reins, doing internships in multiple wineries in France and New Zealand.

Eye: Clear, pale lemon color. Wine sheets immediately in the glass with no legs.
Nose: Clean, high intensity, rich fruit with clear, clean, fresh lychee fruit jumping out of the glass. Also backed up by ripe cantaloupe, honeydew, a bit of pineapple.
Mouth: Off-dry, high flavor intensity. Luscious texture hides medium acidity. Wine tastes sweet but is nicely offset by good acidity, lively flavors in the glass. Fruit flavors of ripe melon, lychee, carry into a medium+ length finish that ends with just a touch of bitterness, very nice.

Kimchi Quinoa Bowl with Smoked Beef Ribs

We have been enjoying ancient grains in lots of our meals this summer.  Grain salads are great for “cook once, eat two-three times” which definitely speed up homemade weeknight meals. Our quinoa salad is a heavy modification of this base recipe. This weekend I slow-smoked some beef short-ribs with a savory rub as our meat addition. The whole thing came together with some local kimchi, which was a perfect spicy-hot pairing for our aromatic off-dry Gewurztraminer from Alsace. Refreshing and a delicious combination!

Our recipe:

  • 1 cup uncooked tri-color quinoa cooked to instructions (leave a bit firm) and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in 1/2
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup chopped arugula
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 oz. feta cheese, diced or crumbled
  • Mix the ingredients in a large bowl
Depending on how much dressing you like on your salad, you might have quite a bit left over.  Or not.
Lime Cilantro Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove crushed and finely minced
  • 10-15 sprigs cilantro finely chopped
  • Add the ingredients into a sealed container and shake.
  • Apply as much as you like to the salad

Add to the quinoa salad (per person) any or all of the following for a complete meal:

  • 3 oz. beef short rib, pulled pork, or chicken (any protein would work here)
  • 1 poached egg
  • 1/4 sliced avocado
  • refrigerator pickles made from cucumbers and other vegetables of your preference
  • kimchi

Alsace Gewurztraminer paired with a spicy short rib - quinoa bowl at www.foodwineclick.com

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5 Responses to “Alsace Gewurztraminer with Spicy Beef Short Ribs in a Quinoa Bowl #Winophiles #AlsaceRocks”
  1. So many flavors in one pairing! I like Gewurztraminer with spicier foods, too. Somehow all the spice and fruit in the wine mingle well with similar elements in a dish – even though it seems like maybe too much!

  2. The quinoa recipe looks amazing! I’m definitely going to try it. 🙂

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  1. […] This was our favorite challenge of our assigned four bottles of wine. Gewurztraminer (no ümlauts in the Alsace spelling) is little known in the US. Super aromatic with spicy fruit aromas, the wine is often a bit sweet and not overly acidic. If you have a dish with some spice, however, Gewurztraminer can be a stellar pairing.  Give it a try, the recipe is here. […]



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