Seasonal Pairings: November 30, 2016
Survive the cold with some cozy recipes that will make your belly rumble with anticipation. For the wine pairings, we are featuring a fuller body white wine from Croatia, and an Oregonian red that’s got some Old World feels. Try both for $10!
Recipe: Shortcut Choucroute from New York Times
Pair with: Adzic Grasevina Kutjevo Slavonia 2015 ($23)
When it’s sweater weather, make sure you’ve got this recipe up your sleeve! Oven roast cabbage and spicy sausages together until your whole kitchen is filled with the warm inviting smell of fork tender pork. Don't be afraid to throw in a few carrots to sweeten things up, too! We’d pair this hearty dish with a wine called Grasevina, a popular type of fuller-bodied white wine from central Croatia. Grasevina’s other name is Welchriesling, but it has no relation to Riesling. The grape has a remarkable tartness like sour apples and yellow pluots. It’s as if Chenin and Riesling had a beautiful lovechild who likes to play in piles of dried leaves. Have a bite of the sauce-drenched cabbage and a healthy sip of this wine and you’ll know why it’s often wise follow the wisdom of “what grows together goes together”.
Recipe: Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas from Epicurious
Pair with: Bow and Arrow Rhinestones Willamette Valley 2014 ($24)
When you find yourself feeling especially frosty in the toes, consider making a meal that will warm you up from inside out. Red Thai curry is a simple go-to in such times and the subtle sweetness of butternut squash takes on coconut milk like old pals. It's a dish jam packed with flavor a little spice. Bow and Arrow’s Rhinestones is made from Gamay and Pinot Noir in a style that Burgundians would call Passetougrain. This Oregonian wine embraces earthiness without forgoing its New World identity with juicy red fruit notes like pomegranate and cherry. It deserves a good half hour of decanting and even a slight chill just before the meal. Enjoy with a good friend and a lengthy Bollywood so you don’t have to leave the house into the cold, cold world.