Seasonal Pairings: January 18, 2017
Your CSA boxes this week comes equipped with some bomb-diggity veggies and we’ve gathered some lipsmacking recipes and delicious wines! Everyone should eat well and drink well! Come by for a taste of two wines for $10!
Recipe: Verjus-Brined Grilled Pork Chops with Leeks from Saveur
Pair with: Texier Brezeme 2014 ($25)
So you're craving a Rhone Syrah but not trying to bust your wallet... Luckily, there’s Brezeme, a sleepier little appellation located right in between Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone. The steep and terraced slopes of clay and limestone soils in Brezeme look a lot like Hermitage to the north, but with just a little less prestige, the wines are much more affordable. Syrah is still king in Brezeme and its peppery, herbaceous and floral soul shines through. The luscious plumminess of the wine compliments the sweet and sour juniper berry, verjus marinade for the pork chop and adds a smidgen of smokiness to warm your soul.
Winemaker Eric Texier does not come from a winemaking family but he grew up in Bordeaux surrounded by vineyards. He initially wanted to purchase some vines of his own but found that it was too expensive to do so. Instead, he became a negociant who works with different growers from ten different locations to source the best grapes. After careful sorting, he intervenes as little as possible, leaving the grapes free to express themselves.
Recipe: Celery Root Hash from Bon Appetit
Pair with: Forlorn Hope Kirschenmann Pinot Gris Lodi 2015 ($30)
When it is still cold out, a light white wine just doesn’t cut it. At the moment, we’re infatuated with Forlorn Hope’s orange wine made from Pinot Gris. If you’ve never had an orange wine before, you’re in for a treat! Orange wines are simply wines made from white grapes with their skins still on. This gives the wine tannins and a coppery orange glow. A well-made orange wine gives you more oomph and robust flavors to work with. This is a flavorful dish that warrants more power than a refreshing and light white wine while not demanding a red wine that drowns out all the subtler flavors. And so we summon this lovely orange wine in all its earthy and gorgeous glory!
Matthew Rorick never ceases to impress us with his ambitious focus on uncommon and lesser known styles and varieties. He named the winery Forlorn Hope after a band of Dutch troops that were outnumbered by their enemy. Despite having the odds against them, they still volunteered to rush forward and a lead the battle. This is the type of audacity that drives Forlorn Hope’s wines and enables us to try new things. We can't ask for a better way to continue moving forward through the New Year.