CSA Box Pairings: April 14, 2016
Lemons and snaps peas are nothing new, so this week, we're keeping it fresh with grapes you don't encounter everyday - Malvasia, an Italian Springtime favorite, and Blaufrankisch, the red papa grape of Austria's Zweigelt. Also included is a recipe that gives you an excuse to bust out that fiery grill you've been eyeing since last summer!
Recipe: Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon and Mint from The Ktchn
Pair with: Caravaglio Infatata Malvasia secca di Tricoli Salina Italy 2014 ($24)
As their name suggests, sugar snap peas are crunchy, fresh, and pretty darn cute as far as vegetables go. With the addition of mint and happy meyer lemons, your Spring giddiness is unstoppable. You might be tempted to jump straight to your Sauvignon Blancs because it's what you know. It's not a bad instinct, but where's the fun in that? We thought we'd introduce some Malvasia to your life because it's a grape (or a family of similar grapes, depending on how you define it) that you ought to have on your list of Spring wines. This particular wine comes from the tiny volcanic island of Salina, just north of Sicily. On the volcanic soils, nurtured by sunny and breezy Mediterranean weather, the grapes end up floral and pretty, acidic and clean. Its citrusy qualities will compliment all that acid of the lemon juice and minty freshness of the snap pea recipe.
Recipe: Lamb Chops with Lemon from Epicurious
Pair with: Claus Preisinger Blaufrankisch Burgenland 2013 ($23)
You probably didn't use up all your lemons in one go. So if you have some leftover, try this fresh lamb chop recipe with a bottle of Claus Preisinger Blaufrankisch from Austria. We figured you've been itching to go outside and fire up the grill for some time now, so get some lamb chops give it some good grill marks. To go with your lemony and herby marinade, try the tart red grapes Blaufrankisch from Austria. Claus Preisinger's Blaufrankisch comes from the town of Gol where Claus uses some old school natural and "low-tech" practices. He keeps his grapes happy through biodynamics, which is a farming method and philosophy taken from Rudolph Steiner's observations on the lunar cycle's influence on agriculture. Blaufrankisch goes really well with lamb because it has just the right amount of tannins and tart red fruit qualities to balance out the fattiness of the meat without overwhelming it as a bigger red wine might. So throw on some sunglasses, some sunscreen if you're pale, and get going!