Posted: Jan 24 2017
by: Delia Sie

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Seasonal Pairings: January 25, 2017

When it's cold out, get cooking to stay warm! The first recipe's got a little spice to warm you up and the perfect homely wine to pair. The second recipe's gonna get you cooking like grandma so you better be equipped with lots of good wine for the process and the meal! We've got you covered for both, so come on by to try two wines for $10!

Recipe: Spicy Beef with Shrimp Bok Choy from Eating Well

Pair with: Thee and Thou Syrah Cinsault 2014 ($23)
There are only 70 cases of this delicious wine, and we're making sure that you get a chance to try it! John Donaghue makes his small production of organically farmed wines out of Treasure Island and sources his fruit from Lodi. His wines are ultra rustic and reminiscent of what you'd imagine having at the table with family and your closest friends. Since this dish is warm and homely, we couldn't not pair them together! The scrumptious umami of the beef and soy sauce goes magically with the peppery spice of Syrah. Cinsault adds a floral, savory quality to the wine that brings out the fresh crunch of bok choy. We're so happy to have our hands on these precious bottles and can't wait to share them with you! Fun fact: Aside from being a winemaker, John is also a Bay Grape regular...so who knows? You might run into him some time! 
Recipe: Kabocha Ravioli with a Toasted Hazeulnut Cream Sauce from Spoon Fork Bacon
Pair with: Perticaia Spoleto Trebbiano Spoletino 2014 ($21)
There is never a bad day to eat kabocha ravioli with a toasted hazelnut cream sauce. That said, ravioli can really get you breaking a sweat in the kitchen. To get you through the hard part, a good bit of wine is highly recommended. May we suggest Perticaia's Trebbiano? This is a full-bodied yet lipsmackingly refreshing wine. Guido Guadigli makes his wines in Umbria, Italy where castles and medieval towers are a dime a dozen. His passion for local varieties and their ability to shine inspired him to plant them alongside olive trees on a south facing hill side. His Trebbiano's got delicious minerality yet a good balance of tart orchard fruit flavors. This wine is perfect for the creaminess and nuttiness of the dish. Make sure you pick up a bottle before embarking on your ravioli making adventure! 

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