Seasonal Pairings: May 24, 2017
Do you have a boat or a friend with a boat? This week’s CSA recipes and pairings gets you ready for hitting the water on a hot day. The first recipe teaches you how to whip up a quick mignonette for fresh oysters and what the classic oyster pairing is. The second recipe is an effortless couscous with fresh veggies, and we’re pairing it with a little-known grape grown on 50 year-old vines. Come by to try these two sunshine-ready wines for just $10!
Recipe: Spicy Fennel-Meyer Lemon Mignonette from Bon Appetit
Pair with: Braud Forty Ounce Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2016 ($18)
Fresh oysters by the half shell don’t need a whole lot to be amazing. This mignonette is simply meyer lemon, shallots, fennel, and jalapeno for a touch of spice to cut through fishiness.
Muscadet is one of the most classic pairings for oysters and for good reason. Not to be confused with the occasionally sweet and aromatic Muscat, Muscadet refers to the dry and yeasty wines of the French Atlantic coast. There, the wild Loire River greets the ocean after stretching across 600 plus miles of French castles, vineyards, and patches of flinty limestone soils. This wine is not only fun in its “forty ounce” bottling that has taken over social media; it’s also quenching, delicious, and fit for sharing with good company.
Recipe: Moroccan Chickpea and Couscous Salad from Mediterrasian
Pair with: Domaine de Montcy Cour-Cheverny Blanc 2015 ($24)
For your next weekend outing: a boat, a lake, some fishing poles, and a picnic basket of veggie couscous and a bottle of Domaine de Montcy Cour-Cheverny. Your handy CSA carrots will add a bit of sweetness to this lemony and spiced couscous. This is a great dish to make in advance because it tends to taste better the day after. You need only to crack open a bottle of this wine made from a grape called Romorantin.
Winemaker Laura Semeria is originally from Milan, Italy. But after a becoming a sommelier and traveling to Loire Valley with her Swiss husband, Dominique, she was hooked on this grape. Her three acres of Romorantin are over fifty years old, creating complex and delicious grapes. If you’ve never had it, Romorantin is a refreshingly bone-dry, slightly fuller bodied white wine that’s just a hint oxidative. We love this bottle for its distinctively sourdough-y qualities that’s reminiscent of bakeries in the AM hours. Just grab your sunhats, fishing poles, and the picnic basket!