Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser isn’t one to turn down a glass of wine when her host kindly offers it during dinner at a castle in 18th century Scotland. You probably wouldn’t either if you had recently taken a tumble 200 hundred years into the past.
It’s Scotland and whisky is everywhere, but it’s wine Claire is drinking at Castle Leoch. There’s Colum MacKenzie’s Rhenish and later a little port to get her through a spur-of-the-moment wedding in hopes of saving her skin from our villain, Jack Randall.
Marrying. Oh, God. Buoyed temporarily by port wine and cream lace, I had momentarily managed to ignore the significance of the occasion.
Last fall, when the Outlander TV series first premiered here in the US, I wandered through my local wine shop looking for something to drink during one of the episodes. I considered Colum’s Rhenish and what that might look like today. Knowing anything of the sort was unavailable in my area, I decided to stick with something German and dry and my search produced this:
Blue Fish Riesling ($12-17) is crisp and aromatic and goes with almost anything. I think it would be particularly nice with Claire’s Tortellini Portofino from Outlander Kitchen (Warning! There are excerpts from Dragonfly in Amber in that post.). When I first saw it in the shop the colors caught my eye and reminded me of the cover of Outlander and that was all she wrote. Into my basket it went and a few hours later I was enjoying it during the wedding episode, where Claire is dragged, kicking and screaming, into a wedding she does want, but…oh, hi Jamie.
…whether it was the result of the late hour, the wine, his own attractiveness, or simple deprivation, I wanted him quite badly.
Book: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Pairing: Blue Fish Riesling