Seasonal Pairings: October 12, 2016
It’s gettin’ cold out there, so put on all your clothes! This is a way less sexy line than Nelly can come up with, but it’s true ain’t it? Dad jokes aside, we’re here to give you some ideas on how to use your delicious Fall CSA ingredients from Full Belly (or the store) to stay cozy and drink like an Autumn pro! Try our two Seasonal Pairing features for just $10!
Recipe: Caramelized Butternut Squash from Food Network
Pair with: Paonnerie Voila Du Gros Lot Grolleau Ancenis 2015 ($21)
Few fruits or vegetables are more aptly named than the butternut squash. Your Fall palate will thank you for this extra sweet way of roasting your squash, especially if you have this dish with this biodynamic rosé.
Jacques and Agnes of Domaine La Paonnerie are situated in the Loire Valley, along the gorgeous wild river that runs from Central France into the Atlantic. Their Grolleau Gris vines were planting in 1905 on granitic soil. Along the vines grow grasses and plants that promote soil health and attract birds that eat the pests. No need for pesticides here! In the winter, sheep graze in the vineyard and non-invasively tidy up the grass. The grapes are fermented with native yeast before getting bottle with no filtering or added sulfites. Biodynamics are not easy because everything is done by hand with a lot of attention. Like the process, this wine emerges balanced and in tune with the seasons. It’s a perfect rosé for a cozy night in with the smells of caramelized butternut squash filling the kitchen.
Recipe: Beef Stew with Red Peppers and Mushroom from Epicurious
Pair with: Justice Grace Solidarity Grenache El Dorado 2014 ($25)
Whoa Nelly! This is one helluva Grenache! But before you freak out, know we’ve got the perfect recipe to keep you wanting glass after glass even if this is a BIG wine. In the case of beef stew with red peppers and mushrooms, Solidarity’s Grenache emerges the unlikely hero like Neville Longbottom. Sweet peppery flavors from your CSA peppers, umami from the mushrooms, and tender pieces of beef need a wine that gives a lot too! Luckily, Solidarity is juicy and bright, fruity and surprisingly tannic for a Grenache. Together, the stew and the wine are a powerhouse of flavor.
Now a bit about the producer Eric Cohen! He’s pretty much the opposite of wine snobbery. In fact, all his wines are made and named in tribute of those who are politically and socially oppressed. Part of the proceeds of all his wines goes to different social organizations that fight for wage equality and social justice. You’ll see that his labels reflect the mission for a better society!