Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wine Wednesdays - Ruhlmann Dirringer 2015 Pinot Blanc Reserve

One of my favorite meals in Amsterdam was our last lunch before flying out.  Restaurant Breda was recommended by the bartender at the Pulitzer Hotel bar and it was a great suggestion.  It was the most beautiful day so we were able to sit outside overlooking the canal and enjoy a leisurely last meal.  Word of warning, service everywhere we went in Amsterdam was relatively slow, so plan ahead if you have somewhere to be!  Breda let's you choose between a set menu of 3, 4 or 5 courses.  We opted for the 3 course and it still took close to 2 hours!  However, for under $50 with 2 glasses of wine it was a phenomenal deal for the delicious and perfectly executed food experience.    

The wines were also a treat.  As it was lunchtime and a sunny day, I opted for the Alsatian Pinot Blanc from Ruhlmann Dirringer.  Light and refreshing, these wines tend to be lower in alcohol which makes for a nice mid-day sipper.     

 
The wine is made by a 4th generation wine-producing family in the northern part of Alsace.  Natural winemaking procedures allow for the terroir and vines to show through.  This wine in particular showed notes of stone fruit:  apricots and peaches and a freshness that made it a great food wine.
   
Amuse-bouche of starters
Crudo for the first course
The most amazing bite of beef with truffles, roasted mushrooms and onions
A cleansing bite of strawberry granita
The best dessert of the trip:  deconstructed cheesecake with white chocolate gelato

More eats coming your way with a full "where we ate" post later this week!

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