CSA Box Pairings: May 19, 2016
Summer is coming and we've got a light dish for a hot day plus a bright citrusy wine to go with it! Oh and of course there's a nice cozy dinner for getting together with your family one of these weekends!
Recipe: Broccoli Pesto Pasta
Pair with: Ryme Hers Vermentino Las Brisas Vineyard Carneros 2015 ($24)
It's not easy being green unless you're an awesome Broccoli Pesto Pasta dish served with a refreshing glass of Vermentino! We especially love Ryme Cellars because they've got an Old World soul in a New World body. This husband and wife duo take Vermentino from the cool and foggy Las Brisas Vineyard and pay homage to Italian Vermentino. "Hers" Vermentino looks to the Ligurian coast for freshness, gorgeous aromatics, and citrusy acidity. For you, this means the perfect outdoor dinner on a warm night or an easy light lunch.
Pair with: Espino Carmenére Maipo Andes Chile 2013 ($19)
Nothing is a homier meal than a big pot of slow-cooked oxtail and extremely soft carrots that have absorbed the flavor of fatty falls-off-the-bone meat. This recipe suggests cooking with a red Burgundy but we thought that the richness of this part of the animal would go well with more tannins and a bigger wine that doesn't just disappear or become an afterthought.
Carmenére does just the trick. Before it made a name for itself in Chile, the grape was growing very nicely in Medoc. Then phylloxera hit and wiped out almost all the vines in France. Luckily, the devastation in France was minimized by the fact that Chile's Carmenere plantings remained phylloxera free. The Pacific Ocean offered a clean wind and the volcanic soil was so high drainage that the pest could not survive. This wine is dark and dense, full of ripe and bold fruit flavors, but also very woodsy from 12 months spent in French Oak. It'll go perfectly with your oxtail and a side of wild rice or couscous.