Seasonal Pairings: July 12, 2017
Carrots and Squashes and Corn! Oh my! Whether you get these veggies from the Full Belly CSA or from your summer farmer's market adventures, here are two recipes that'll fill your taste buds with joy. The two wines that pair with these recipes will poured at our drop-in tasting all day Wednesday! Come by and try them both for just $10!
Recipe: Braised Carrots with Lamb from Dan Barber
Pair with: Preston Barbera Dry Creek Valley 2014 ($25)
For lovers of California Pinot Noir and California Zinfandels, make room on your dinner table for a bottle of Preston Barbera! Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Barbera can be found at. Many winemakers in Piedmont sip on Barbera while they wait for their more famous wine from the Nebbiolo grape to mature in the cellars.
But out here in California, we don’t see quite as many bottles of this versatile grape. We were lucky to come across Preston Farm and Winery’s take on this Italian classic. Lou Preston studied oenology at UC Davis in the 70s and his wife, Sarah Preston can trace her family roots back to foraging Italian miners of a ghost town. Together, they run a small family farm equipped with olives for oil, happy chickens, and a salmon spawning creek at the edge of their property. Jammy, plummy, with lip smacking hints of black cherry, this wine will be perfect with this recipe for braised carrots with lamb.
Recipe: Zucchini Fritters with Herb and Mozzarella Salad from Southern Living
Pair with: Yunquera Blanco de Albillo 2015 ($17)
Amongst the many delicious takes on summer squashes, cheesy fritters are up there on the list! These crunchy fritters are made from a crumbled cornbread base and shredded zucchini. If you're feeling daring, slice off some fresh corn from the cob for added sweetness and crunch.
Yunquera’s Blanco de Albillo is an easy choice for this dish. The wine is floral, gingery, and peachy like a trip to the farmer’s market. Albillo is not widely grown, even in Ribero del Duero in Spain where it originates. But it’s quite perfect for sunny weather and an impromptu lunch of fritters with your dear neighbors.