Odd Pair: Wasabi Peas and Riesling

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Though I am a fan of all types of good wine, I tend to shy away from some of the sweeter forms of vino. So while I can appreciate the fine craftsmanship of the 2009 St. Urbans-hof Urban Riesling, I knew I needed to find something savory to offset the sweetness that is common with this varietal.

As I was perusing my shelves, I came across a bag of wasabi peas that I had been using in my salads. Excited by the prospect of turning my dining room into a wine bar complete with proper bar snacks, I put some mellow music on the stereo, emptied the peas into a glass bowl, and poured myself a perfectly chilled glass of white.

The combination was exquisite. The salty, spicy peas were a perfect counter match to the soft, subtly fruit wine. The flavors of the Riesling intensified as I sipped it while crunching away at the piquant green balls of fire. The prominent fuzzy peach and velvety honey flavors blended perfectly with the zesty flavors of the emerald snacks. It was perfect way to pass a spring evening.

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