air date: 11/18/10 |  run time: 3:07
Perfect Pairings,  episode 11
Asparagus is a special vegetable that has a very distinct taste. The flavor is complex and while it has a very green, fresh taste, it also has a certain bitterness and high mineral profile. The flavor can also change after cooking and become a deeper kind of green taste. Asparagus is one of the most difficult vegetables to pair with wine because of its complexity. In this segment, Aldo Sohm and I take on asparagus and the additional challenge of dressing the asparagus with vinaigrette. Aldo walks us through some of his thoughts behind trying the dish first with a Pinot Bianco from Italy and then with a Grüner Veltliner from Austria.

Wine in this episode: Pinot Bianco Tiefenbrunner ’08Gruner Veltliner