CSA Box Pairings: June 25, 2015
Full on summer lovin' up in these boxes, and it fits the heat wave we've got today. We're celebrating with simple, clean, easily prepared and refreshing recipes.
Pair with: Domaine Dyckerhoff Reuilly Petit Gris ($21)
Christian Dyckerhoff and his wife Bénédicte grow Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in the village of Reuilly (kinda close to Sancerre, which is also home to both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir). They also raise trout in dedicated ponds! Anyway. This is a rosé from Pinot Gris (hence the name "Petit Gris"), which is actually a slightly orangey-pinky colored grape... when the juice is left to sit on the grape skins for an extended period of time, you're left with a slightly orangey-pinky colored wine! This smacks of summer refreshment, going down way too easily with lots of acidity and underripe berry fruit flavors. It's a wine designed for cooling you down after a hot walk home while you throw a batch of fajitas on the stove.
Pair with: Paul Anheuser Schlossbockelheimer Konigsfels Riesling Kabinett 2002 ($12)
The Anheusers trace their lineage in these parts of Germany back to the early 1600s. One of them eventually made his way to St. Louis, Missouri, where he opened a little brewery you may've heard of.... Meanwhile, back on the ranch, Rudolf Anheuser was the first grower in the Nahe to cultivate exclusively Riesling, so well did he think it grew and so delicious did he think the wines were. Today, this bottle offers a straight-up insane value: 13-year-old wine at just $12?! The sweetness has evolved into a funky-petrol-honey ditty that might make you moan with naughty pleasure when drunk alongside funky-salty-tangy blue cheese. It's super low in alcohol, too, which means you can slug the whole bottle down with your wee little toasts and call it a hot summer night fling.