Odd Pair: Jewish Food and Spanish Godello

Categories: Wine Time

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White fish salad? It's not just for breakfast anymore.

One of my happiest discoveries since moving to Texas nearly three years ago has been Kenny and Ziggy's Delicatessen on Post Oak, where you'll often find me noshing on all the classics of the Jew food canon -- white fish, lox, sable, gefilte and pickled herring (ooooh, the pickled herring...).

Most folks think of these foods only for breakfast. But at our house, a mid-week dinner might consist of smoked fish takeout from Ziggy's and one of the many bottles of wine that clutter our home.

My first thought would be to pair Riesling with a dish like white fish salad on a toasted bagel. After all, low-alcohol, sweet wines from the Mosel are a traditional and historical accompaniment for the smoked fish of Eastern and Central Europe. But on this occasion, I popped open a bottle of 2008 Godello (goh-DEH-yoh) by Benaza from Galicia, Spain.

Benaza's 2008 Godello is made in a fresh, bright style, with popping, colorful tropical fruit (think kiwi and guava) that worked sensationally well with the intense saltiness of the smoked fish. But it was the low alcohol and tongue-splitting acidity that made this pairing sing (in Yiddish or Ladino?). Look for the 2008 at the Houston Wine Merchant for under $20.

White fish salad and Spanish wine? I hear a Mel Brooks routine coming on...



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Scott
Scott

A Jewish woman's favorite thing to make for dinner? Reservations! <rimshot> Thank you, I'll be here all week. Two shows a night, three on Saturday. Don't forget to tip your waitresses. </rimshot>

FishbeinA
FishbeinA

If you like Jewish delis and breakfast food like the items you mention, check out the Daily Deal for Katz's Deli.You save half and can eat around the clock.

y knot
y knot

There is no way that Katz's is Jewish Deli. It is a goyish version of deli. Corn Beef on White with Mayo anyone?

AuntiMatter
AuntiMatter

Katz's? In Houston? It's not real deli. It's someplace that's open at 2 a.m. when you need food. Sorry, but this Yid doesn't think frozen hash brown patties and latkes are the same thing. Kenny and Ziggy's beats out Katz's in most every way.

Evan
Evan

Please, we Jews whine way better than the Spanish.

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