CSA Box Pairings: March 12, 2015
We're easing our way into spring (it's so difficult, this California winter, you know?), and our boxes are filled with lovely asparagus and--wait for it...more spring onions! But we have no fear. Our friends at Saveur and Bon Appétit have tasty lil' recipes to add more spring to our step...
Pair with: Müller-Grossman Grüner Veltliner Grosser Satz Kremstal 2013 ($19)
Light, zesty and versatile, the Grüner Veltliner grape is very important to Austria: 75% of the world's Grüner is produced in its home country. The lovely ladies (mother and daughter Helma and Marlies) at Weingut Müller-Grossman hand-pick their grapes and transform them into a goes-down-all-too-easy wine with high acidity, a streak of minerality and Grüner's classic white pepper and spring-greens spice. This wine has the herbal core to stand up for itself alongside what we'll call "distinctly" flavored veggies, like artichokes and asparagus.
Pair with: Zeitgeist Cellars Trousseau Gris Russian River Valley 2013 ($21)
If this wine had a theme song it would be singing, "Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm just so fresh, so clean." Unlike Outkast, though, Zeitgeist's Trousseau Gris reps west coast pride--this comes to us straight from the Russian River Valley. Trousseau Gris is a rare grape native to the Jura region in France; here in sun country, it produces wines that are round and juicy yet balanced and energetic. We like its notes of lemon and ginger and good, full body alongside the spoonfuls of butter in this spring onion recipe. We also like going full-throttle here and pairing the spring onions and wine with a butter-poached piece of white fish. Because, what the hell?