Dinner last night was excellent. Mike and I had dinner on the Moshulu, a four masts ship anchored on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. There is no doubt in my mind that this could be a temple for Riesling. I’ve enjoyed greatly the story of the boat; a freight vessel was originally German then captured by the US during WWI, then captured back by the German during WWII to be finally purchased by the US in 1970. How can a French guy not love that story?
The food is perfect for Riesling: modern, lots of seafood and accent of asian influences throughout the food. Mike and I tried the duck spring rolls, the spicy tuna tacos and the surf and turf (braised short ribs with seared scallops). We had three wines to enjoy with the food, a French sparkling, our dry Riesling, and a Mosel kabinett. Seriously, our Riesling was the best. The Kabinett was a tid bit too sweet for the food and had a strong banana aroma (not usual in my experience) and the sparkling was a bit simple. I was please to see the dry Riesling pairing well with everything from the wasabi sauce of the tacos to the rich umami taste of the short rib – scallop combo. If you stop by Philadelphia, I recommend the Moshulu for the evening. Thank you Bill Bergan for running a great establishment like the Moshulu.