Rendezvous with Riesling at the New York Wine and Culinary Center
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Article by Deb Dutta, Executive Editor and CEO, HerbNZest and HerbN Community
On August 10, 2012, we drove up to the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, New York to be a part of the Rendezvous with Riesling event. New York Finger Lakes region has produced Rieslings that have received acclaim from international critics and wine magazines such as Food and Wine Magazine and The Wine Spectator. With most of the cultivation dedicated to concord grapes, this region has been popular for its desert wines. However, with Riesling gaining popularityin the U.S.A. in the last 10 years as the wines suitable for food pairings, this region has been gaining popularity for its Rieslings.
We drive up to Ithaca every summer for my husband's reunion with his Cornell friends and Canandaigua is about 1.5 hours north of Ithaca.On our way to the place, we saw some beautiful rain clouds.
The evening featured tastings of New York's wine varietal from 20 wineries and food by local food vendors and Executive Chef Mike Sokolski. They roasted and carved up a whole pig for the event.[caption id="attachment_1061" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Whole Pig Roast"][/caption]
HerbNZest was excited to team up with Chef Jeff Christiano who was creating his signature Risotto which we paired with HerbNZest Fennel Saffron Pumpkin Butter. In addition to tasting HerbNZest chutneys over French baguette, the crowd also tasted HerbNZest Fennel Saffron Pumpkin Butter over Chef Jeff's Risotto paired with dry Rieslings from local wineries.This Risotto with Pumpkin Butter recipe was so popular that I decided to recreate it when I got home. Here’s my version of the Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto.