CSA Box Pairings: February 18, 2016
Celebrate the sunshine with these fresh recipes and easy-going wines! This week’s recipes and pairings are for those who love their oranges, carrots, and good wine to go with them.
Recipe: Orange and Soy Glazed Baby-Back-Ribs from Epicurious
Pair with: Stirm Eolian Kick-On Vineyard Riesling CA 2014 ($26)
Many of you know a few good Rieslings from Germany, Austria, Alsace, and maybe even Australia or Lake County. But what about sunny ol’ California? It’s a little unusual, but Ryan Stirm figured it out. He's got a degree from CalPoly SLO and these he's got these grapes from Kick-On Vineyard in Los Alamos. His daring skills and these awesome grapes make a wine that’s got that signature Riesling citrusy acid and refreshing fruitiness to quench your thirst on a hot day…especially if you’re eating ribs covered in orange soy-sauce glaze and spicy red-pepper flakes. This dynamic duo of a round and fruity Riesling with sticky sweet-and-salty ribs will satisfy your summer cravings without letting you forget just how in California it’s shorts-wearing weather in February. And if it’s not obvious enough, let us suggest bringing these goodies to a picnic.
Recipe: Moroccan-Style Spicy Carrot Dip from Serious Eats
Pair with: Michel Gahier Le Clousot Trousseau 2014 ($35)
As it’s getting hotter, a lot of you have begun craving a lighter red wine with lighter tannins (that thing that sucks the moisture out of your mouth). Yes, Pinot is awesome yada yada yada… But be a little adventurous! You’ll find that Trousseau makes a good friend, too. This is a light skinned red grape from Jura, the spunkiest wine region named after the Jurassic era limestone marl that covers these parts. This grape take a little more sunshine to ripen than the other grapes. For that reason, Michel Gahier dedicates a sunny slope in his vineyard in Montigny Les Arsure to Trousseau. His wine from 60-70 year old vines gives off a fresh, mossy, and leafy earthiness that you’d wanna have with those gingery, spicy, and earthy carrots.
Again, bring it to a picnic with your dog, a blanket, and a good read.