Easter delicacies - mastered by Hilly Billy Boys and Wineman

Easter time, after good Friday and Holy Saturday, allows to enjoy about different dishes with taste and aromas. Smoke is common for subsequent dishes. There is a remote place in Central of Finland near Kuopio area where dedicated, middle-aged men are carried out with smoked meat. They have special smoke sauna for that intention. It will take about 24 hours to bake the meat properly when the results are unmatched. On the other hand in Västinniemi there is a country house where Viinimies is smoking traditionally whitefish.
Salted meat parts are covered wit net to to stick together and then left to smoke sauna to become smoked.
Strong and smoky meat needs proper wine like Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. Wines get extra aromas when finished in aged whiskey barrels.

Glass of wine:
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz. Australia. 2018. Alko 911257. Price 18,69.
Crimson, spicy on the nose, full-bodied, tannic, cherry and fig notes, blackberry notes, hint of clove, oak notes.

Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 4th vintage. Australia. Alko 911257. Price 18,90. Dark red, blackcurrant on the nose, full-bodied, medium tannic, paprika and plum notes, chocolaty, toasted, hint of herb.

Whitefish will get its smoky cover and aromas when it is smoked in smoke oven over open fire.
Smoky whitefish and wines with oaky aromas have balanced pairing. On the other hand vegan, fruity, acidic wines match also nicely with elegant whitefish. Grand Gru Riesling is a premium choice with aromatic fish.

Glass of wine:
Clearly Organic. Spain, La Mancha, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2019. Airén (drought-resistant grape). Vegan.
Yellow green, fruity on the nose, dry (3 g/l), acidic, tropical fruits, balanced, creamy and soft.

Castillo de Molina Reserva Chardonnay. Chile, Casablanca Valley 2020. Alko 958027. Price 11,99. Vegan.
Yellow green, currant on the nose, dry, acidic, green apple notes, apricot notes, hint of passion fruit, herbal notes.

Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Chardonnay. Australia 2019. Alko 919653. Price 17,20.
Golgen, citric on the nose, dry, acidic, yellow plum notes, apple notes, spicy, slightly roasted, generous, oaky.

Gisselbrecht Riesling Grand Cru Muenchberg. France, Alsace 2018. Alko 591987. Price 19,99.
Light yellow, citrus aromas, dry, acidic, grapefruity, yellow plum notes, green apple notes, light petrol notes, mineral.

Text and photos: Heikki Remes

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