Posted: Jul 16 2015
by: Stevie Stacionis

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CSA Box Pairings: July 16, 2015

We started these pairings around one year ago. It's BEYOND nuts to think that we've been at this for a year! Oh, and we're sure glad we get to actually sell the wine we select for the pairings now (unlike at the beginning, when we didn't even have a liquor license yet!). 

Anyway, nostalgia aside, we reveling in the summer bounty right now and these recipes that take advantage of it...

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad from Food & Wine

Pair with: Le Sot d'Ange La Boutanche Rosé Loire 2014 ($18)

Quentin Bourse is a hipster winemaker in the best possible way. He farms entirely biodynamically and with as little sulfur as possible in an off-the-beaten-path area (Touraine Azay le Rideau) of the Loire Valley. He makes this liter-size rosé (with a funny, hipster drawing of a jacket-and-tank-top-wearing French bulldog on the label) from the local Grolleau grape. Grolleau is said to be named for its dark black color, referring to a "black crow" in old French. The wines are bright, supple, fruity and frequently rosé, like this one. They're often made slightly sweet in the Anjou area, though this one is entirely dry and ROCKING with acidity--just right to play alongside warm-from-the-garden tomatoes without messing around. 

Recipe: Summer Salmon with Blackberry-Wine Sauce from Saveur

Pair with: Señorio de P. Peciña Rioja Tinto 2011 ($17)

Straight up: This recipe rocks, and the wine is a seriously legit match. Rioja is known for stewy, almost sweet-and-sour red, blue and black fruit flavors. "Crianza" and "Reserva" types are often doused with a little smidgen of new, spicy oak from time aging in barrel, but this one hasn't spent any time in barrel, so it's just fresh, forward and pure. Its fruitiness hangs right in line with the blackberry sauce of this recipe, while the medium body and medium tannins are an exact match for the meatiness and little bit of fat of the salmon. 



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