Kung Fu Girl & Me at the Old World, New World Showdown

After the Old World, New World Showdown, we were treated to a brilliant live performance by this great quartet.

Cathy Huyghe content producer for WGBH’s Food & Drinks community invited me to this fun event on Friday night (see When a Plan Comes Together). It was a really fun and interesting way to taste wines. Four pairs were presented, one at a time allowing you to taste the nuances of grape as expressed in an Old World wine versus New World wine. We had Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Syrah. After each pair of wines, a pair of tasters from the audience were invited to the podium to share their impressions.

Yours truly was asked to comment on the New World Riesling: 2009 Charles Smith Wines "Kung Fu Girl" Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington) Donated by Bottles the new wine shop in the North End, this was my first experience with this fresh, fun wine. Charles Smith's current bottlings are meant to be drunk immediately. That lively urgency was obvious here. The nose of the riesling was intensely floral and sweet almost candy-like. But there was very little residual sugar on the palate, a slight "frizzante" quality and a pretty crisp finish. Perfect for the coming months.

One of the highlights of the evening for me was the live performance we were treated to after the tasting. Steve Schwartz of "Jazz on WGBH" was taping his show and we wine-tasters got to sit amongst the big donors and enjoy this wonderful performance. Couldn't have imagined a night that started with my bus being towed would end on such a high note!