Posted: Apr 09 2015
by: Kamaria Ousley

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CSA Box Pairings: April 9, 2015

Our boxes have blessed us with will all sorts of fresh goodies this week, from raisins to strawberries to spinach and, yes--more asparagus. We picked out some mmm mmm good recipes from our friends at Food & Wine and Epicurious, as well as some totally springy wine pairings.

Recipe: Saffron Rice with Cashews and Raisins from Food & Wine

Pair with: Domaine de la Pinte "Pinte Bien" Arbois Poulsard 2011 ($24)

Floral, bright and spicy, this lovely red comes from the rather obscure and very pale in color Poulsard grape in France's Jura region. Poulsard is really a savory wine--more about turning leaves and forest mushrooms rather than fruit. We love the way this earthy character contrasts against the fruitiness of the rice dish without ever overwhelming the delicate saffron notes. For extra bang for your perfect-pairing buck, throw a duck breast in your skillet and serve that baby alongside the rice and this wine. The vineyards at Domaine de la Pinte were originally planted in the 19th century but were ravaged by phylloxera and didn't get replanted until the 1950s. This vineyard has been farmed organically since 1999 and was certified biodynamic in 2009. 


Recipe: Salmon Burgers with Spinach and Ginger from a back-vintage issue of Gourmet (RIP)

Gunther Steinmetz Riesling Mosel 2013 ($17)

Steinmetz means "stone mason" is German, which perfectly describes this stony-as-all-get-out Riesling from steep, slate-soiled vineyards in the Mosel region in Germany. Aromatically, this Riesling is a wild child, soaring with floral, citrus, stone fruit and even tropical aromas (they coast alongside the ginger in these burgers beautifully). Then you drink the wine, and it finishes dead dry, all that acid slicing through the salmon's luscious fattiness, and the fierce minerality reminding you of the stream your salmon once swam in. We call it our fresh catch of the day. Bonus points: The bottle is in liter-format (bigger is better!), so you can bring it to your backyard BBQ and satiate the neighbors as well as yourself.


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