Seasonal Pairings: July 27, 2016
In Austria, Weingut Knoll is wine royalty, and their Gruner Veltliner is how the grape should taste when it realizes its full potential. We’re featuring a poké recipe to go with this clean wine that hints at daikon radishes and white pepper on the finish. For a richer dish, we’ve got pork tenderloins cooked with sweet peppers. We’re drinking Refosco from the Italian-Slovenia border with it. Come check out these two wines for just $10 to taste!
Recipe: Tuna Poke from Bon Apetit
Pair with: Knoll Loibner Gruner Veltliner Wachau 2014 ($30)
When life gives you fresh summer cucumbers slice 'em real thin and toss in your poké bowl! This dish doesn’t carry the formalities of sushi nor the hedonism of stuff-your-face hamburgers. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those, but sometimes it’s nice to get the perfect in-between that’s satisfying without being overindulgent. For a refreshing pairing, we’re looking at Knoll’s Gruner Veltliner. If you’re not familiar, this is the go-to producer in all of Austria. Emmerich Knoll III’s family has been making elegant and complex wines from Riesling and Gruner Veltliner for the last three generations. Not surprisingly, they are also the owners of a renowned restaurant not far from the vineyards. So be prepared to have your taste buds charmed! They say that Gruner Veltliner has a daikon radish quality and a bit of white pepper sass that really tames any sense of fishiness that might emerge from the tuna. With the additional crunch of cucumbers from Full Belly, this is one dish you'll make over and over again.
Recipe: Skillet Pork and Peppers from Food Network
Pair with: Ronchi di Cialla Refosco Friuli Colli Orientalli 2012 ($20)
Peppers give these pork tenderloins a jazzy sweetness. It’s one of those meals that scars you for life if you have just the wine to go with it. We immediately thought of Refosco from the Italian-Slovenian border made by by Ronchi di Cialla. Here, Paolo and Dino Rapuzzi started their sustainable winery amidst chestnut, oak, and cherry trees, high on terraced slopes that Turkish prisoners built in the 1400s. Their wines age in a bit of French oak to develop lovely spiced notes and some thought provoking complexity. We're particularly drawn to this wine because the producers have been so attentive as to handpick their grapes and shoo away pests through non-pesticide solutions. This region is also deserving of much more attention than it gets in this day and age. Both Italian and Slovenia winemaking culture has a great influence in the production of this classy wine. We're digging the wine's expression of juicy red fruits and pretty floral notes. Just take a bite of sweet peppers and a slice of juicy pork tenderloin and you’ll be ruined.