Thursday, October 5, 2017

Recipe Thursdays: Santa Barbara-Style Barbecue with Potek "Demetria" Grenache

Beaches, sunshine, avocados and wine. California is known for many things, including excellent cuisine, but did you know the state has a strong barbecue tradition? Barbecue in California can be traced back to its Spanish cowboy past, when beef was smoked in pit barbecues on ranches in the 1840s. In particular, the area around Santa Barbara is famous for its barbecued tri-tip, such as Edible Santa Barbara’s version, with fresh tomato salsa and slow-cooked pinquito beans.


Photo by Steven Brown c/o Edible Santa Barbara

Of course, another well-known staple of Santa Barbara is the wine. As an homage to the “American Riviera,” as Santa Barbara is often called, this week we’re pairing grilled, smoky tri-tip with the luscious Potek "Demetria" Grenache. This exquisite expression of Grenache has a touch of earthiness and black pepper, a perfect match for the spiced meat. Try finding local, grass-fed beef, and kick back as you enjoy an elegant wine made with hand-harvested and biodynamically-farmed grapes.

Let us know what you think! For more food and wine pairings, visit our blog at http://shiverickwine.blogspot.com/. 

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