Seasonal Pairings: March 22, 2017
As you traverse through all the greenery of Spring, serve up this nutty and vegetable-filled minestrone with a wine that’s as pretty as blooming white flowers and fresh as aloe vera. For a heartier fix, roast pork loin and serve with a sauce made from the last winter oranges. Pair with a wine that’s happy like California sunshine, but earthy like the best Beaujolais. Try both Spring-ready wines for just $10!
Recipe: Spring Minestrone Soup with Pistachio Pesto from Epicurious
Pair with: Markus Joey Insieme 2015 ($21)
Despite all the space that separates Joey in North Carolina from Markus in California, this wine brings the two friends together. Markus gets his Torrontes grapes from Silvaspoons Vineyards in California and Joey gets his Traminette from Cain Vineyards in North Carolina. Blended together, the grapes create a floral and quenching wine that feels as springy as this green minestrone. You can make this soup with your fresh CSA leeks and take liberty with any green veggies your heart desires.
Recipe: Roasted Pork Loin with Orange Herb Sauce from Food and Wine
Pair with: RPM Gamay Noir El Dorado 2015 ($31)
Gamay is traditionally found in Beaujolais, but thanks to Roberts, Parr, and Meyer of RPM, this grape is making a name for itself out of the Sierra Foothills. Here, the decomposing granitic and volcanic clay-loam soils look a whole lot like the soils of the great sites in Beaujolais. The grapes are stomped by foot and fermented whole cluster with stems and all. The final product is cloudy from being unfiltered and unfined. It drinks fresh and tart like pomegranate seeds and green pepper. Serve with tender slices of pork loin and a zingy orange sauce to sweeten things up.