Seasonal Pairings: March 15, 2017
Flowers are a-bloomin! For the unfortunate folks with allergies, here are two bottles of wine that will satisfy your sense of smell without throwing you into a bout of sneezes! We also have two fresh recipes to go with a white and a rosé that you’ll want to keep around as long as the sun is shining! Try these wines for $10!
Recipe: Carrot, Avocado, and Orange Salad from Epicurious
Pair with: Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé 2015 ($35)
It’s hard to know what part of this salad is the best part: the warm roasted carrots, the creamy avocados or the juicy sweet oranges. The contrast between warm and cool ingredients also makes for a satisfying mouthful. To pair, we’re looking at Chateau Pradeaux’s Bandol Rosé. This producer is a benchmark for the Bandol region, making seriously juicy and age-worthy reds and gorgeous rosés. The Portalis family has run this estate since the French Revolution. Today Cyrille Portalis, his wife Migali, and their sons, Etienne and Eduoard, run the winery. In their effort to be organic and sustainable, they make sure to employ lots of hungry, grazing sheep on the vineyard so that herbicides and pesticides are not needed. Mourvedre and Cinsault make for one plush and generous rosé that’ll have you hooked for all your sunny days to come. Be sure to have extra bottles around for impromptu brunches and thirsty moments.
Recipe: Cabbage Subzi from Spice Up the Curry
Pair with: Steinmetz Riesling Mosel 2014 ($19)
When there’s some spice in your cabbage, make sure there’s some fruitiness to tame it! Steinmetz Riesling comes from Mosel, that steep and cold growing region of Germany that’s responsible for putting out some of the leanest and cleanest wines around. Stefan Steinmetz is a producer that has a keen eye for spotting out and acquiring overlooked or forgotten vineyards. Despite his doubtful onlookers, Steinmetz makes delicious wines from these sites and surprises everyone, including the haters. This Riesling is dry but full of fresh orange, citrus flowers, and white peach notes that insinuate the sweetness of these fruits without actually being sugary. These floral and fresh flavors will really complement the spice and sweetness of this cabbage subzi dish, whether you have it with a hot and fresh bowl of rice or nosh on it the day after. Oh and did we mention? This Steinmetz Riesling is a whole liter! It’s perfect for sharing or having at a picnic.