Seasonal Pairings: May 10, 2017
It’s easy to always pick up a Pinot, Cab, or Chardonnay. But every now and then, there’s Gros Manseng and Hondarribi Beltza! Despite their obscurity in these parts, you should not shy away from them. In the hottest of days, these grapes make wines that will add refreshment to all your Spring festivities and that new artichoke recipe you’ve been meaning to try. Taste them both for $10!
Recipe: Garlic, Fennel, and Orange Grilled Chicken Thighs from Food Wishes
Pair with: Bru-Bache Jurancon Sec 2015 ($17)
Domaine Bru-Bache is the home of Gros Manseng vines, grazing sheep, and some spectacular views of the Basque region just south of the French and Spanish border. Here, winemaker Claude Loustalot is often found brewing tisane teas to keep his vines healthy. He farms biodynamically to keep the ecosystem of his entire vineyard in balance as naturally as possible. To make this Jurancon Sec, Claude allows the wine to spend six months aging with the yeast before bottling. From this process, a unique nuttiness emerges.
This wine is fantastic complement to this dish – offering floral and refreshing acidity to the dish’s pungent garlic and spicy fennel flavors. If Gros Manseng isn’t on your radar yet, today’s the day!
Recipe: Braised Artichokes with Tomatoes and Mint from Bon Appetit
Pair with: Txispaz Igo Getariako Txakolina 2016 ($17)
The T is silent, but you can bet we are not keeping quiet about Txakolina. While everyone else is on this Forty Ounce Rosé Instagram kick, you should show ‘em up by pouring these slightly spritzy Basque rosés out of porróns (thin-spouted glass vessels that look like they belong to an eccentric lab-scientist). Hondarribi Beltza is an indigenous variety of the Basque region, where it is made into ultra refreshing and effervescent wines that hint at an ocean origin. This recipe for stemmy-fresh artichokes cooked with crushed tomatoes and salty anchovies is perfect for a warm afternoon meal in a garden, where you can drink glass after glass of Txakolina!