Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.
In the immortal words of the Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard. "Roll up with the strong Five Deadly Venoms, Told him! Enter the Wu Tang! Witness the Shaolin slang that'll crush any sh!t you bring." Besides being perhaps the truest statement made in the 1990s, the aforementioned lyrics also pay homage to the greatest kung fu film that was ever made, the 1978 classic The Five Deadly Venoms. If by some miracle you've not seen the film, flip over to your Netflix account really quick and order it. I'll wait. (Actually the above link is the whole damn movie.)
The film tells the tale of the Poison Clan, whose dying master is concerned that their deadly fighting styles are being used for evil. He sends his last pupil to go and attempt to stop any evil doing. However the mysterious identities of the the 5 deadly venoms makes his job a tough one. The various styles of kung-fu modeled after different venomous reptiles, amphibians and bugs. Five different deadly kung-fu styles, Centipede, Lizard, Scorpion, Toad, yes, Toad, and the Snake. I don't want to spoil it for you, but rest assured, lots of kung fu action, poorly timed dubbing and brilliant choreography, particularly from something 35 years old.
The 2011 Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith Wines is a superb example of what Washington can do with Riesling, and the key is acidity, probably to tie it in, I will say, acidity with kick. See. The wine is sourced from the more northerly Ancient Lakes area. The wine is all sorts of fruit forward with peaches, apricots and grapefruit aromas. It's crisp, refreshing and well priced. Those bright fruits continue in the wine's palate. As someone who was tasting this wine with me said. "Every restaurant in the tri-state area should have this on their glass pour list." This wine's zing and zest will make it a superb food pairing. $12.
Full disclosure I'm not sure we have a tri-state area in Washington.