CSA Box Pairings: January 14, 2016
Get through the chilly winter with some satisfying meals and perfect pairings to keep you feeling fuzzy inside! We're keeping it simple this week for all the hardworking peeps not trying to slave away in the kitchen!
Recipe: Tangerine and Herb Branzino from Giada de Laurentiis
Pair with: Laderas de Sedella Sierras de Malaga Spain 2012 ($21)
Let’s pretend we’re in the Mediterranean! Instead of slicing lemons for your fish, try substituting them with sweet and juicy tangerines. Serve with a fresh vinaigrette of dijon, tangerine juice, and oregano to brighten up a cloudy day. Naturally, we chose Laderas de Sedella, a Mediterranean mountain wine to complement this seaside dish.
Lauren Rosillo makes his wine with a lot of love, using French oak and cement amphoras to ferment grapes harvested from vines growing on a mountainous patch of north-facing slate-soil vineyard in southern Spain. Garnacha (or Grenache) is the lovely grape behind this slightly spicy, juicy, bright acidity, and licorice-y wine. This bottle has just enough body to keep up with a flavorful fish without overwhelming it and the perfect acidity to dance around with the tangerines. Be sure to get enough for the table and second helpings!
Recipe: Udon Noodles with Bok Choy and Poached Egg from The Kitchn
Pair with: Knoll Loibner Gruner Veltliner 2014 ($30)
While many recipes suggest you sauté Bok Choy, a quick boil in a soup noodle dish will warm your soul and instantly add some vitamin C to your life. This recipe really allows you to taste the stemmy, earthy, and savory qualities that make this veggie so popular. Add some chopped red spring onions to this recipe and you’re golden. It’s quick like instant noodles but all grown-up and extremely satisfying.
When working with such a delicate and simple recipe, we suggest Knoll’s Gruner Veltliner. Gruner is an Austrian grape known for its white pepper and savory vegetal qualities. And if you must know, Knoll is the go-to producer of the Wachau region in northern Austria. The grapes grow in granite and loess through warm days and cool nights that result from the vineyard’s proximity to the Danube River. Crack this open with your healthy quick meal on any night you need some nourishment!