Saturday, August 16, 2008

New England Traminette & Lobster

Living where we do, it’s hard to resist temptation. We can go around the corner to the lobster pound and pick up lobster with lots of fight in them. Our lobsters pretty much go from pot to pot.

Today, I went over to Captain Joe and Son’s and picked up a couple lobsters, brought them home and plopped them in the fridge. After putting a huge pot on the stove to start boiling I realized I didn't have all the niceties to make a proper lobster photo shoot. No garnishes on hand. Oh well, into the pot they go.

When pairing wine with lobster, I prefer not to go too dry. Lobster meat is sweet, and there is going to be sweet butter and fresh corn-on-the-cob.

We scored some locally grown corn at a neighborhood farm stand to go with our local lobster (the lobster boats literally go through our front yard). So to make this a completely local meal, we decided to go with Jewell Towne Vineyard’s Traminette. Traminette is a Gewürztraminer hybrid that performs well in our New England climate.

Jewell Towne Vineyards
Alcohol: 11%
Acidity: Moderate
Price: $10.00

Color: Straw
Intensity: Pale
Aromas: Banana, melon, vanilla, citrus blossom, earth, yeast
Flavors: Grapefruit, vanilla, citrus blossom, tropical fruit, guava
Body: full
Acidity: Moderate
Sweetness: Semi-sweet
Finish: moderate

Summary: This wine has just the right sweetness to compliment the lobster, bold enough to hold its own against it's saltiness, and light enough to be refreshing. The tropical flavors were just perfect and do nicely with lemon butter. There is an earthy-vanilla quality to it even though Jewell Towne does not oak treat their wines.

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Carol said...

Currently in LOVE with Traminette. Will have to see if this is available at any of the WMass packies next time I'm visiting the fam.

Taster A said...

You can check the Jewell Towne Vineyards website for a list of places that carry their wines.

john witherspoon said...

sounds like a good pairing. For some reason even when I ate meat I was never a fan of lobster. Funny because I love crab