Thursday, January 31, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Wine for Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday is a time to come together with friends, family and food – lots and lots of food! The beer will certainly be flowing, but if you’re more inclined to drink wine during the Super Bowl, you’ll want to pick a bottle that pairs well with the seemingly endless options of snacks and appetizers.

Photo: What's Gaby Cooking

One such wine that fits the bill is the Laurent Martray Brouiily "Combiaty" Vieilles Vignes, an approachable Cru Beaujolais with just the right amount of fruit, acidity and tannins to pair with almost anything. We love this versatile red with Nachos Supreme, such as the Fully Loaded Black Bean Nachos from What’s Gaby Cooking. The Gamay wine will mingle well with whatever toppings you choose.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wine of the Week - Laurent Martray Brouiily "Combiaty" Vieilles Vignes

This week's featured wine comes from the Brouilly Cru Beaujolais on the Combiaty hillside. Planted to 99 hectares of granitic soil, this vineyard features several parcels of old vines. Laurent Martray uses 50 year old vines to make this wine, which is meant to be a bit more serious than you might think. John Gilman says of the 2016 vintage: "I am accustomed to most examples of Brouilly being made for early quaffing, but this wine is a proper Cru Beaujolais that is built for the cellar and should age long and very gracefully. Fine, fine juice that is approachable today, but really deserves at least a couple of years in the cellar to really blossom."

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Indulgent Trio

Italy as a whole is the undisputed Land of Pasta, but when we zoom in to the northwestern corner of the country – Piedmont – we find a magical land that is also famous for its wine and white truffles. From a culinary standpoint, could there be anything better than a feast of pasta, truffles and wine? This week we’re offering an indigenous pairing of this delightful trio – Tajarin al Tartufo served with Montaribaldi’s Barbera d'Alba "Dü Gir.

Photo: Eataly

Tajarin is a richly decadent pasta made up of an extremely high ratio of eggs. In Eataly’s version of the recipe, the homemade pasta is tossed in a luxurious butter sauce and then topped with thinly shaved white truffles of Alba. What makes this a brilliant pairing with Montaribaldi’s relatively light and tart Barbera is that the bright acidity in the wine cuts right through the richness of the pasta.

2017 Burgundy

After several troubled vintages in a row, Burgundy winemakers were seeking a stress-free year, and 2017 delivered. Despite a smattering of late frost (mostly in the north), the vintage was mainly smooth sailing, providing even quality and good quantity. Neal Martin, writing for Vinous, has published his impressions of the vintage, among which are Domaine de la Pousse d'Or and Domaine Jean Fournier. Both properties received a string of outstanding reviews and 2017 looks to be a vintage to watch for.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wine of the Week - Montaribaldi Barbera d'Alba "Dü Gir"

Our featured Wine of the Week is a Barbera with character. This grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy shows beautifully in Montaribaldi's 2015 Barbera d'Alba "Dü Gir." Harvested from a single vineyard and aged in oak barrels for 20 months, this is a red that shows black fruit and spice along with firm structure and full body from the oak aging. The vintage received accolades from the Wine Enthusuast, with reviewer Kerin O'Keefe noting: "Aromas of dark berry, cooking spice and cedar emerge from the glass. The dense palate offers blackberry jam, mocha and licorice alongside round tannins.”

In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe. He acquired vineyards throughout the Piedmont and his desire was to create a diverse array of holdings that could highlight the different soils, climatic conditions and traditional varietals of the Piedmont. In 1994, Pino’s son Luciano took over the reins and changed the name of the family business to Azienda Agricola Montaribaldi. The name Montaribaldi refers to the ancient Roman road that linked the winery to the different vineyards throughout the Piedmont, thus creating a philosophical and geographical umbrella that tie Luciano’s forward looking Domaine to the rich viticultural history of the region. The vision of the Montaribaldi reflects the mantra of “place over process” and the winemaking is done in such a way as to bring this to fruition.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

J.L. Chave in Decanter Magazine

Writing for Decanter Magazine, Matt Walls has published reviews of the 2017 vintage Rhône wines, including a selection from Jean-Jouis Chave. The Hermitage Rouge, Blanc and Saint-Joseph Rouge all received very impressive scores, topping out at 98 points.

The Chave family is based in a small village on the northern right bank of the Rhone. There have been Chaves growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill since 1481. Gerard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines and has since passed on the winemaking responsibilities to his son Jean-Louis. The Chave’s methods for all their winemaking are traditional farming, super low yields, full ripeness, and minimal manipulation. Their unmatched meticulousness continues through five centuries to render venerable expressions of the purest of Rhône terroir.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Recipe Thursday: True Comfort Food

You know that old friend you can always count on? Or, the song you can listen to over and over, and you never get tired of it? Food and wine can also be that way. A hearty meal and a glass of a delicious, easy-drinking red wine will always bring comfort, time and time again.

Photo: Ina Garten / Food Network

As we get into the middle of winter, nothing sounds better than a warming, slow-cooked Coq a Vin with a glass of generous Font du Vent Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge. Ina Garten’s version of Coq a Vin features chicken, pancetta and umami-rich vegetables in a simmering red wine sauce. Perfectly complementing the cherry and pepper flavors in the wine, it will warm your heart and feed your soul.