A great wine, with an interesting label

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Brand NameNow & Zen
Other Wines Reviewed
Wine NameWasabi White
Vintage (Year)2006
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeGewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Silvaner Blend
Wine GroupsLow cost party staples
Heaven in a Bottle
Gorgeous Blancs
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

Coming into Canal's in Pennsauken, the first wine aisle is composed on French wines, and over time, I have found some good ones over there, Old Fart's Wife is a prime example. This time around, I saw an interesting label called Now and Zen, which I just had to pick up. Yes, I admit it, the cute label is what got me, but it was also less than $10, so it was worth a try.

On the back of the label, they say that this wine is perfect with spicy Asian cuisine, and I tried it on a night in which I went for my favorite takeout from one of my favorite Chinese takeout spots; the meal was a large order of pork fried rice, spicy, with a dollar's worth of shrimp (onion's included).

The wine itself has a pleasant aroma, but the taste is what grabs you. It's subtle and slightly sweet, with a nice flavoring a pineapple with a little bit of lemon in it. It does go great with spicy food, but could also be great for any type of seafood dish, especially a good paella.

For those of you close to Cherry Hill, NJ, I would recommend picking up a bottle of two, and heading over to Sira's on route 70. This would make the perfect match.


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