Posted: Apr 27 2017
by: Stevie Stacionis

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Seasonal Pairings: April 26, 2017

It's all about getting comfortable this week, featuring a recipe from Dad and one from the one and only Yotam Ottolenghi. 

Recipe: Chicken Tinola from Pickled Plum

Pair with: Folk Machine Riesling Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 ($16)

Thanks, Dad! This recipe comes from Josiah's dad--he made it for us when we brought Foxen home from the hospital and makes excellent use of abundant bok choy. And our wine comes from Kenny Likitprakong, dad of two beautiful girls--he somehow manages to manage his own winery and raise them amazingly well. We fell hard for him when he visited our shop a few months ago because he was in Oakland to bring them to a jazz concert! Dads aside, the dish and the wine are beautiful together, both with mega aromatics and a distinct, alluring pungency. The dish soothes the body and soul, all warm and comforting, while the wine rejuvenates mind and palate, all bright and tart. 

Recipe: Za'atar-Spiced Beet Dip with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts from Food & Wine

Pair with: Vina Maitia Aupa Pipeño Maule Valley 2016 ($12)

Earthy funk and tang meet earthy funk and tang. This dish takes sweetly earthy beets and blends them with tangy yogurt and goat cheese, so we chose a wine that's full of lightly earthy red fruit flavors and a tang of acidity. We like the idea of eating this dish as an appetizer on the deck while the sun goes down and you unwind from work, maybe leading up to a full-fledged dinner... or maybe not. The same goes for this wine--it's easy and fresh (especially just slightly chilled down) and might be all you drink tonight... or might not! Pipeño is a traditional Chilean style of wine, typically made from the local, light-bodied, soft Pais grape. It's the wine that, once upon a time, pretty much everyone made themselves by picking by hand, stomping by foot, then leaving to ferment in a big bucket or tank in the backyard or garage... a house red if ever there was one! The spirit of Pipeño is relaxed, carefree, simple yet comfortable; invite some friends over to chill on the deck, or just put on your sweatpants and relish your own beautiful company!

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