Perfect Pairing: Gewurztraminer with Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Gewurztraminer Grape Cluster

The 2012 Red Newt Gewurztraminer – Sawmill Creek Vineyards offers flavors of caramelized pineapple, mango, and apple pie.  The finish is rich and persistent. This Thai inspired peanut dressing is rich, tart and poignant… a perfect match to this wine!

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Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Ingredients for Dressing:
1/2 cup sesame oil
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs ground ginger
1 Tbs garlic, minced
1/4 cup honey
2 oz chipotles in adobo, finely chopped, with seeds and sauce
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup peanut butter, creamy
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Salad:
Udon noodles (or your favorite pasta or rice noodle)
Finely sliced and/or chopped red bell pepper, snap peas, carrots… whatever is delicious and in the garden
Chopped green onion for garnish

Whisk all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Taste and adjust.
Allow dressing to set overnight before using. Flavors will intensify. Store in the refrigerator.

Assemble the Noodle Salad:
Choose your favorite noodle (udon, fettucini, rice noodles) and cook al dente according to instructions.
Drain, rinse with cold water and toss with a drizzle of olive oil (to prevent sticking together)
Chop up bell peppers and green onions.
Coat with spicy peanut dressing, add vegetables and garnish with chopped green onions.