CSA Box Pairings: September 24, 2015
While the weather bobs up and down, hot and cold, we're still relishing the last tastes of summer in almost-autumn recipes packed with summer-sweet produce.
Recipe: Stuffed Purple Bell Peppers from East of Eden blog
Pair with: Otella Turbana Lugana Le Creete ($26)
Trebbiano is ubiquitous in Italy, with at least five distinct varieties all sharing the same name (WTF, Italy). To be honest, wines from the grape can be pretty boring--medium- to light-weight, fresh and clean but nothing remarkable. Here, however, in the hilly northern Italian region of Lombardy, Trebbiano can pick up a sense of verve and refinement along with ripe roundness. We love the soft and juicy texture of this one layered with crisp slices of granny smith apple notes. It feels like our weather has lately: full and heady one moment, then edgy and brisk the next. This Trebbiano has the guts to ride alongside the nutty faro and threads of Parmesan along with the freshness to zip up against bell peppers and fresh herbs.
Recipe: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup from Ina Garten via Food Network
Pair with: Cameron Ramato Pinot Grigio Dundee Hills 2014 ($30)
Cameron is a fun little project started by John Paul and Teri Wadsworth. John Paul came from a hyper-nerdy biochemistry background that occasionally serves him well in winemaking, though his family operation in the Willamette Valley of Oregon today is much more about hands-on TLC than chemicals or any kind of manipulation. This wine is a rosé of Pinot Grigio--a grape with pinkish/orange/grey skins that donate their color to the white juice when the two sit in contact for an extended period of time. It's a little fall-like, slightly textural with tannin and fuller in body. We love its berry notes meet damp earthiness as a summer-meets-fall segue... just like taking summery tomatoes, then roasting them off and pureeing them into soup is a dish suited to the changing season.