Seasonal Pairings: February 22, 2017
The sun is out (for now), so frolic over to Bay Grape for a delicious tasting of two wines perfect for springtime. Whether you’re picking up a Farm Belly CSA box or just thirsty for good wine, we’re here for you. Have a taste of these lovely bottles for just $10!
Recipe: Forbidden Rice with Beet and Kale Salad from The Garden of Eating
Pair with: Rocfontaine Saumur-Champigny 2015 ($24)
Out in the Loire Valley, castles are dime a dozen and wine cellars are carved right into the soft tuffeau limestones. While Spring’s blooming flowers and the hum of busy bees often suggests you pick up some aromatic white wines, there’s one red grape that couldn’t be better suited for drinking now. Cabernet Franc is a very old variety that’s a parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon. However, it produces more delicate and floral wines that go well with lighter dishes like this beet and kale salad. This wine drinks like a gust of spring air and stemmy freshness. Hints of green pepper complement that dark leafy greens in this salad. The wine’s notes of fresh violet petals go nicely with beets. Domaine de Rocfontaine is a family operation founded in 1987. These grapes are hand-harvested before undergoing a short fermentation so that the wines are lower in tannins. It’s easy sipping and as true to Spring as a wine gets.
Recipe: Salmon with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce and Carrot Salad from Bon Appetit
Pair with: Matthiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay Napa 2015 ($29)
We know there’s a gazillion Chardonnay wines from Napa. But we really can’t stop swooning over Matthiasson’s Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay. It’s exceptionally balanced, crisp, and yet richly complex and flavorful. To make this wine, Steve and Jill Matthiasson harvested the vineyard in five different sessions. This way, some grapes retain bright and poppy acidity and minerality while later batches contribute to honeyed and nutty flavors. Aging occurs only in neutral oak barrels and only two-fifths of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation. Sweet carrots and a fatty seared salmon beg for a wine like this. Bust out this bottle for this meal and feel spoiled on any ol’ weekday!