No-Guilt Wednesday Wine: Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010   Leave a comment

This little guy doesn’t have a guilty bone in his body.  Neither should you.  Here is this week’s $15 or less offering. 

No-Guilt Wednesday is not about compromising on quality.  It’s all about drinking good wine that does not break the bank, eating good food and of course, it’s about sharing with the ones you love.  



Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010 ($10).  I’m not a gimmicky wine-label kind of guy.  But after this wine, I may have to reconsider.  The faint aroma of lychee filled my glass.  Or is that the label speaking to me?  Perhaps.  But with a little bit of ripe apple-like roundness on the mid-palate balanced by soft star-fruit like acidity and a minerally edge on the finish, this is an easy wine to like.  A great party wine that folks will remember for the label and for what’s behind the label.  Yeah, it kicked my glass!  Rated **1/2
A while back I found myself at the local farmer’s market and saw this cool looking veg.  I thought it might be some kind of radish.  So I purchased some untasted to try out at home.  So they are yellow beets.  What do I do with a yellow beet?  In truth, I have not yet tried this salad with the Kung Fu Girl– but I think they will be very happy with each other once they meet.  

Yellow Beet and Green Apple Salad


  • 3 Yellow Beets (peeled and cut into thin sticks– think potato sticks)
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple (cored, peeled and cut into thin sticks)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. of Pomegranate seeds
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps. Honey
  • 2 Tbsps of White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 Tbsps. EVOO
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of chopped parsley


  1. Toss the Apple and Beets with the lime juice to prevent discoloration
  2. In a bowl whisk together the honey and Balsamic vinegar.  Add a pinch of salt and a few grindings of black pepper.
  3. Slowly whisk in the EVOO, until an emulsion forms. 
  4. Toss the dressing with the beet/apple sticks pomegranate seeds and parsley
  5. Serve immediately

© Sybarite Sauvage

Posted January 11, 2012 by Sybarite Sauvage in No-Guilt Wednesday

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