Seasonal Pairings: August 24, 2016
Full Belly CSA is looking pretty sexy right now! We had to step it up and find you two wines that are a little off the beaten path. One is ripe and ready from a short drive outside of Lisbon. This wine goes with grilled peaches and grilled steak. The other is a rosé with a bite from Northern France, perfect for Panzanella fans (that’s bread salad!). Come on down for a tasting of both wines for just $10.
Recipe: Grilled Panzanella Salad from Serious Eats
Pair with: Migot Vin Gris Cotes de Toul 2014 ($19)
Zingy, snappy, mouthwatering acidity, Domaine Migot’s Vin Gris is the perfect complement to summer tomatoes and grilled Panzanella. For those unfamiliar, this is a salad made from bread that soaks up the delicious juices of super ripe tomatoes. Naturally, we are obsessed.
In looking for that perfect pairing, we knew some good acidity would do the trick. We did some digging around and found a rosé that’s worth venturing out of the ordinary to try. Migot is small organic production run by Camille Migot far north in France near the Moselle River (which becomes the Mosel in Germany). Although his first vintage is 2013, Migot’s family has tended these lands for 13 generations. They have struggled through the drop in demand for their wines with the construction of railroads introducing cheap wine from Languedoc-Rousillon. They have survived the front-lines of two World Wars. Despite all this, Cotes de Toul remains shrouded in obscurity. We feel so lucky to have come across it and wish that word got out about this extraordinary wine made from certified organic Auxerrois and Gamay.
Recipe: Grilled Skirt Steak and Peaches from Food and Wine
Pair with: Chao Rijo Lisboa Portugal 2012 ($18)
If you’re not trying to bust your wallet but still craving a really sophisticated and nuanced wine, Portugal is your answer! Chao Rijo is in a little place called Colares just north and east of Lisbon. Scraggily hills characterize the land and old ungrafted vines that often exceed 100 years of age grow on sandy soils. When phylloxera, that stinky root loust, devastated most of Europe’s prominent vineyards in the 19th Century, Colares was doing just fine. Sandy soil meant that phylloxera had a harder time surviving. This earned Colares the reputation as the “Bordeaux of Portugal”. Chao Rijo’s tinto is earthy, rich, a tad floral, and a steak’s best friend! To dress up this steak recipe in summer flare, we’re thinking grilled peaches on the side and glasses of this fabulous wine made from Castelao and Tinta Roriz!