CSA Box Pairings: May 5, 2016
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Wine isn't so big in Mexico, and Mexico doesn't make a ton of wine... so being a wine shop and all, we're (wah wah) not doing much for the holiday. But if you're feeling like some great wine tonight and some fresh seasonal recipes to pair, well then we've got you covered! Let's do this...
Recipe: Roasted Potatoes with Garlic, Lemon and Oregano from Epicurious
Pair with: Zafeirakis Chardonnay Tyrnavos 2015 ($20)
Man do we love Domaine Zafeirakis. These guys make incredible quality wine for such an insane value (it doesn't feel right to "thank" the Greek economy, but...). Christos Zafeirakis is the current winemaker (fourth in his family, though first at the newly established winery in Tyrnavos, in Thessalonia) and was also responsible for resurrecting one of the area's ancient varietals, Limniona, that was as good as extinct. Chardonnay might not be the first grape you think of when you think of Greek wine--it wasn't for us--but this version is so classy and, again, so affordable, we couldn't help but swoop on it. Think Burgundy (crisp, citrusy, stony) meets a bit of the density of texture of California with an altogether Greek suggestion of saltiness. As for the recipe pairing, well, anytime we've got garlic, lemon and oregano going on, we can't help but start dreaming Greek.
Recipe: Sugar Snap Peas with Mint and Orange from Bon Appétit
Pair with: Hild Elbling Sekt Mosel ($18)
Snap, crackle, pop! Sugar snap peas are a natural fit for the snappy Elbling grape, grown in the northernmost section of the Mosel River region in the cold climate of Germany. Elbling was historically prized because it ripened earlier than Riesling, which you definitely want when cold fall frosts threaten to nip at your grapes. Today, it offers a sense of pure refreshment, zip and zest, especially in bubbly form. There's nothing super serious about this wine, and we like it that way. It's as citrusy and snacky--and playful--as a plate of snap peas oranges and mint but no fork. Not necessary!