Thursday, August 29, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Labor Day Pairing

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Labor Day has become synonymous with the end of summer -- a last hurrah of the season sipping cold drinks and grilling with friends and family. It’s also the peak season for tomatoes and a wonderful opportunity to make use of the vine-ripened fruits adorning farmers market stands. We love Ina Garten’s recipe for Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts, which can be served as a side dish alongside anything grilled, or cut into bite size pieces for appetizers.

In the spirit of celebrating the best summer has to offer, we can’t forget about rosé. These tomato and goat cheese tarts are heavenly with a bottle of Médeville Bordeaux Rosé. The sweetness of the tomatoes complement the rich fruit flavors in the wine, while the creamy goat cheese offsets the wine’s acidity in the glass.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wine of the Week - Medeville Bordeaux Rosé

Today's featured wine is the Médeville Bordeaux Rosé, a Cabernet-based blend from the southern part of the region. This is a refreshing rosé that also features a little more fruit and body. Médeville has recently reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability by producing in High Environmental Value (HEV) Level 3. This is a new step for them to protect the environment by identifying and promoting particularly environmentally friendly practices that cover four key areas: biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategy, managed fertiliser use, and water resource management.

Founded in 1826 by Jérôme Médeville, a barrel cooper from the Cadillac region of Acquitaine, Château Medéville has been crafting fine Bordeaux for seven generations. Currently run by Jean, Jacques, and Marc Medéville, it is located south of the city of Bordeaux and encompasses terroirs on both sides of the Garonne River. Jean Médeville et Fils has always taken a modern approach to the production of high quality value-driven Bordeaux with up-to date facilities and equipment. That said, they maintain elements of tradition during the winemaking process; the wines follow rigorous guidelines at every stage during viticulture and vinification.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Recipe Thursday: National Burger Day

It’s National Burger Day, so we’d be remiss not to share the ultimate burger pairing for this week’s Recipe Thursday. Right on cue, the grill is fired up and ready to go in anticipation of sinking our teeth into a delicious Classic Burger, recipe courtesy of Sunset Magazine. 

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We’re changing things up from the typical beer and burger pairing though, and instead reaching for a brilliant bottle of Martin Clerc's Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah. The hints of black pepper and sweet violets in the wine bring out the best in the beef, and the smokiness of the burgers matches the subtle smoky notes in the wine. For even extra flair, throw some sautéed mushrooms on the burger -- it’s a perfect match with the earthy flavors in the Syrah.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wine of the Week - Domaine Martin Clerc Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah

Our featured wine this week comes from the Collines Rhodaniennes, an area that sits at a slightly higher altitude than the neighboring vines of Côte-Rôtie. Since they're not part of the AOP, they provide excellent quality at an unbeatable value. Martin Clerc's Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah is like a mini Côte-Rôtie at a fraction of the price. So when you're craving Northern Rhône wine, this is an excellent bottle to pick up.

The estate was created in 1991 by Louis Clerc, Martin Clerc’s father. The first bottles are produced in the early 2000s. Born in Tupin-et-Semons, a small village just north of Condrieu, Louis Clerc always knew he wanted to work in wine. Finally in 1991, after much research and deliberation, he decided it was time, and he purchased hectarage in both the Condrieu and Côte Rôtie appellations. In 2000 Clerc entirely overhauled his facility, which sits right on the Rhône River in Chonas l’Amballan. He invested in totally modern equipment including inox cuves with temperature control. It was shortly thereafter that his wife Monique and son Martin began working with him and learning the trade with their own burgeoning passion. Unfortunately, Louis Clerc lost his life in 2007. However, Martin is 100% prepared to keep his father’s dream alive. After studying in Burgundy and several winemaking experiments in France and in the southern hemisphere, Martin Clerc has entirely taken over the family domain, and since 2013 has been responsible for winemaking.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Savoring Summer

Is anyone else having a hard time believing we’re already halfway through August? Pretty soon, we’ll be busting out the pumpkins, fall recipes and heartier reds. In the meantime, we’re savoring the warm days of summer by filling up our glasses with rosé and spending quality-time by the grill. For those busy weeks when time is flying by, but you still want a home-cooked meal, a Grilled Pork Chop with Roasted Rhubarb (Williams Sonoma) is the way to go. The sauce can be made in advance, so all that’s left is throwing the pork chops on the grill.

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And, of course, don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of rosé, such as Diwald’s Zweigelt Rosé, a dry pink wine with bright strawberry and raspberry notes to perfectly match the similar notes on the rhubarb. This rosé cuts right through the fattiness of the pork, as well.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Wine of the Week - Diwald Zweigelt Rosé

Our featured wine this week is the Diwald Zweigelt Rosé, an organic Austrian bottling that’s very dry, with bright strawberry and raspberry notes, and a savory herbal core. #roseallday #diwald #austrianwine #zweigelt #indigenousgrapes #certifiedorganic #drinkpink #blog

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Paula and Hans Diwald pioneered their winery’s conversion to completely organic viticulture during a time when chemicals and additives were prominent in winemaking. In 1980, the Diwalds converted their 4 hectare farm into a vineyard. After some trial and error with chemical fertilizers, the two made the decision to farm organically in order to improve the quality of their fruit. Today Martin Diwald leads the second generation of the family’s commitment to producing wine that reflects Wagram’s environment, resources, and land. Being an organic winery is central to their vision, believing that wine made this way will show authenticity and honesty. They take their status as pioneers of Austrian organic wine production seriously, believing that being pioneers also means never resting in their quest for oneness with nature.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Summer Clambake

Few dishes signify summer quite like a clambake. However, the clambake is more than just a dish, it’s an experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring friends and family together for a no-frills feast that celebrates the height of summer. Clambakes can feature a variety of seafood, including clams, lobster and shrimp (see Ina Garten’s recipe).

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Keep guests’ glasses full with a low-alcohol, quintessential summer white, such as the Herdade do Rocim Vinho Verde 'Goivo'. With razor sharp acidity and a hint of ocean freshness, it’s an ideal pairing for a steaming plate of seafood. Serve with some crusty bread and extra butter on the side.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Wine of the Week - Herdade do Rocim Vinho Verde 'Goivo'

Vinho Verde is a quintessential summer wine for good reason. Light bright, slightly spritzy, and low in alcohol, it's the perfect fit for hot weather. The Herdade do Rocim Vinho Verde 'Goivo' is made from the indigenous grapes Lourejo, Trajadura, and Arinto. Bright lime along with some slightly rounder notes of peach as well as a light minerality. Drink when you need pure refreshment.

Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira has been in charge of the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina and Pedro have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. They believe that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition and have created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Recipe Thursday: A Pairing for Wedding Season

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Wedding season is upon us, and that means wine will surely be flowing amongst heart-felt celebratory toasts. Of course, a glass of Champagne is a great way to kick off any joyful event, but when it’s time to share a meal, and guests are teetering between sticking with white or switching to red, a refreshing glass of rosé will fit the bill perfectly.

The Paul Thomas Chavignol Rosé is a versatile, food-friendly option that will pair wonderfully with elegantly passed Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Crostini appetizers. This rosé combines bright acidity with a hint of richness, mirroring the tart creaminess of the goat cheese. Cheers!