Seasonal Pairings: March 1, 2017
We're doing it! We're busting out the rosé and sunglasses! For today's tasting, you will learn who Lulu is and why this wine is dedicated to her. You will also taste a rustic light-bodied red from Loire Valley. Come try these two wines for just $10!
Recipe: Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup from Martha Stewart
Pair with: Pithon Paille Grololo Vin de Pays ($24)
Soup in the morning, soup for lunch, dinner and a midnight snack! You will almost always thank yourself for making a soup to have throughout the week. But please, please, please don’t forget the wine! To go with this warming, cumin and coriander spiced meal, we’re looking at a rustic number from the Loire Valley in France. This wine region is most famous for Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and their numerous castles lining the Loire River that runs through half of France and into the Atlantic. This wine is made from a lesser-known grape called Grolleau (and sometimes Groslot). We love that this grape yields a light-bodied, floral and slightly spicy wine that straddles the fine line between casual and sophisticated, perfect for a cozy kitchen. For lovers of Gamay, give this one a big sip!
Recipe: Kohlrabi Risotto from New York Times
Pair with: Bedrock Ode to Lulu 2016 ($21)
Bet you’ve been eyeing those rosés lately. We surely have. As the days get longer and warmer, rosé reenters our lives like an old lover who had left town for an epic journey many moons ago. But alas, you can bust into this Bedrock rosé! It’s perfect for sneaky sips between stirs of the risotto.
Morgon Twain-Peterson is the winemaker at Bedrock. Morgon works almost exclusively with old vines in favor of quality grapes over quantity. In this case, he gathers Mourvedre and Carignan. Unlike many California winemakers who make rosés as a by-product of trying to create a more concentrated red wine, Morgon intentionally picks his grapes for the sole purpose of creating a great rosé that isn’t overripe in flavor. He looks to Bandol in France for some inspiration. This is an ode to Lulu Peyraud who makes the legendary Tempier Bandol Rosés. This is a bottle that showcases the happy brightness that California while still offering those zippy tart raspberry acidity notes.