The Wine Connection: 2009 Valvin Muscat & Thai

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Depending on how old you are, you may remember classic television game shows like "The Dating Game" and "The Love Connection." These shows sought to connect compatible people and entertain those of us who watched. Here at, your host Dezel seeks to marry food and wine on the new “wine blog show” – "The Wine Connection." Generally speaking, food and wine pairing can be a match made in heaven, bringing out the best in both food and wine. It can also be a not-so-pleasant experience, producing off flavors and bringing out the worst in both food and wine. That said, let’s bring out the contestants and see how this evening’s pairing goes.

2009 Hunt Country Vineyards Valvin Muscat

The wine is a Hunt Country Vineyard estate-grown and bottled 2009 Valvin Muscat ($14.99). The wine hails from the Finger Lakes, NY region where the variety is still somewhat of a rarity. This white wine hybrid variety was developed by Cornell University, who also developed the Traminette grape variety that has found some popularity here in Virginia. For me, the Valvin Muscat is a good example of a “think outside the box wine.” The Muscat grape family is fairly large and this was my first time experiencing the Valvin variety. The dish is a chicken kapow that is sautéed with basil, garlic, and chili sauce and is bedded on string beans. The wine has intense floral aromas with bright citrus hints and a refreshing and balanced palate with a delicate sprinkling of fruity sweetness on the medium-length finish. The wine complemented the dish nicely and the dash of sweetness towards the finish tempered the dish’s spiciness and the acidity prepped the palate for the next bite of food. I’m proud to say that we made a wine connection this evening. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come!

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