CSA Box Pairings: December 17, 2015
Gather your warm scarves, mittens, wool socks, and fuzzy sweaters! We've got some cozy and cuddle-by-the-fireplace recipes and pairings for you. Due to the crazy holiday festivities, this will be the last CSA pickup for 2015. But be sure to look out for another pickup three weeks from now.
Recipe: Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice from Food and Wine
Pair with: Tercic Ribolla Gialla Collio Italy 2012 ($30)
This is not your basic chicken soup, so naturally, this is not your basic white wine. This chicken soup features blended rice and a good bit of lemon juice. It’s simple but textured and acidic. To match its unique take on a classic, we turn to Tercic’s Ribolla Gialla from northeast Italy, just on the border of Slovenia. The growing area Collio is know for this super tart, yellow-skinned grape called Ribolla Gialla and their delicious orange wines. If you’ve been to Bay Grape’s orange wine tastings, you’ll know that these wines are unlike any ol’ white wine. Skin contact (or maceration) gives the wine a fuller texture and a flavor similar to rosés. Coupled with the creaminess of the chicken rice soup, the wine will send you to comfort food heaven.
Recipe: Gemelli with Sausage Swiss Chard and Pine Nuts from Martha Stewart
Pair with: Cataldo Calabretta Ciro 2013 ($23)
Conquer the winter blues with a hearty sausage pasta and bottle of Italian red. This easy pairing is a no-brainer for a simple soul-warming weeknight meal. It’s no coincidence that this wine comes from Calabria in southern Italy. There, the sun shines hot all summer so the happy Gaglioppo grapes ripen and end up producing a bright and slightly spicy wine. The Cataldo family makes their wine as proud traditionalists would. They hand harvest, farm organically, ferment with native yeast and keep away from crazy oak barrels so that you can really taste the grapes. The wine is perfectly fruity and ripe for the cold Californian who craves a bite of sausage with a bite of chard in their toasted pine nut pasta. A simple foolproof recipe and a classic Italian wine...you’re in for a cozy night in.