Posted: May 28 2015
by: Stevie Stacionis

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CSA Box Pairings: May 28, 2015

We think the carrots will never end. Ever. And so we push onward with more carrot recipes! Life could be worse ;)

Recipe: Mixed Baby Beet Salad with Blood Oranges and Shaved Fennel

Pair with: Adèle Rouzé Quincy 2013 ($17)

Say "Can-SEE!" (Not "KWIN-see.") Thirty-something-year-old Adèle inherited a couple tiny parcels of land in this sorta-close-to-Sancerre appellation of France's Loire Valley. She does all of her work by herself, by hand, and makes just enough wine each year to fit in a single tank. Quincy--like its much more famous older sibling, Sancerre--is known for a single white variety: Sauvignon Blanc. This drinks pretty dang similar in style, with great acidity and that lovely grapefruit and herbal streak yet a little less shrieking minerality than Sancerre (oh, and it's about half the price of an equal-caliber Sancerre). Alongside the featured salad, the citrus notes compliment the blood oranges while the tangy grassiness is pitch-perfect against the goat cheese. Gimme. 

Recipe: Seared Halibut with Coriander and Carrots

Pair with: Dashe Dry Rosé of Zinfandel 2014 ($21)

Notice how blatantly Mike and Anne Dashe point out that this is a DRY rosé of Zinfandel. Poor Zinfandel rosé--it got such a bad wrap after the confected 1990s infamy of White Zinfandel. But dammit all if this isn't ridiculously delicious (and, yes, dry) all hyped up with the rich, super ripe, spicy fruit of great red Zinfandels, then rendered in a lighter, brighter, more gulpable pink palette. We positively love the way the bold fruit here walks haughtily arm-in-arm with the ginger and coriander of the featured recipe and has plenty of weight to hold its own next to the salmon. Plus, all the vibrant colors of the wine, the fish and the carrots make for a spread well worthy of a little late spring al fresco dining. 

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