Seasonal Pairings: October 19, 2016
Pork chops and lasagna is welcome at every dinner table. So naturally, we’re hooking you up with two wines that match these two dishes in versatility and popularity in case you have an impromptu dinner party. Moreau Naudet’s Chablis is chardonnay made sexy and austere at the same time. The Small Hours Pinot Noir is juicy like California but with bright acidity like a precious wild strawberry. Taste both for $10!
Recipe: Panfried Pork Chops with Pomegranate and Fennel Salad from Epicurious
Pair with: Folk Machine The Small Hours Pinot Noir Potter Valley 2015 ($28)
Folk Machine is one of Kenny Likitprakong’s labels under Hobo Wines, a household name around Bay Grape for complex bottles minus the exorbitant price tag. Before winemaking, Kenny was quite the vagabond hopping from place to place. These days, he still applies these liberating ways of life to his winemaking. Hobo Wines sources grapes from different vineyards and rents winemaking equipment and facilities to maximize their versatility. Like the wine, this recipe takes tart pomegranate seeds and dresses up a pork chop like Thanksgiving came early! Check this pairing out!
Recipe: Creamy Cheesy Ultimate Spinach Lasagna from Serious Eats
Pair with: Moreau Naudet Chablis 2014 ($35)
They say that Moreau-Naudet’s wines taste the way Chablis tasted before World War II when everything was made in small batches. Despite his young age, Stéphane Moreau wowed critics and other producers in Chablis. It is unfortunate that he died earlier this year, but his talent and vision live on in his unique wines. The grapes sourced from 50+ year-old vines are handpicked and come in small quantities. A long and slow elevage in large oak keeps the wine subtly oaky. For at least 18 months, the wine sits on its own lees (yeast) well after fermentation ends.
While it’s quite intuitive to just grab a good ol’ red wine to go with your lasagna, we’re thinking this flavorful bottle will complement the creaminess of the ricotta and the green of the spinach.