Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Recipe Thursday: Barolo and Truffles

As the old saying goes, “What grows together, goes together,” and this couldn’t be more true for Barolo and Piedmont truffles. Autumn is the perfect time to pair these two as our taste buds are drawn to heartier dishes. What could be more divine than Carne Cruda All'albese (Italian-Style Steak Tartare) topped with shaved white truffles, and a glass of Virna Barolo Cannubi Boschis?

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What makes this pairing so fantastic is the truffles and Barolo mirror and draw out each other’s earthy and gamey qualities. There’s also a counterbalance at work as the wine’s acidity cuts through the richness of the beef. Since we’re dealing with highly prized truffles here, be sure to use the highest-quality, grass-fed beef you can find.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wine of the Week - Virna Barolo Cannubi Boschis

This week's featured wine represents the pinnacle of Piedmont. The Virna Barolo Cannubi Boschis comes from one of the best vineyards in one of the most prestigious DOCGs in all of Italy. This combination, paired with producer Virna Borgogno's 3+ decades of winemaking knowhow, results in one of the jewels in the Shiverick Imports crown. Monica Larner, writing for the Wine Advocate, awards the 2014 vintage 93 points, saying:
"The 2014 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is a wine of depth and substance. This Barolo achieves a very pretty level of density and power for what is a cooler vintage. Red rose aromas rise to the top but are quickly followed by more substantial tones of blackberry and ripe cherry. This is a mid-weight effort that is enhanced by finely tuned layers of spice and crushed stone. The wine needs a bit of time to open and put on volume, but once it does it sails forth with pride and purpose." (06/2018)

The Borgogno family has owned vineyards in Barolo since 1720, and have always attached particular importance to the work carried out in the vineyards and the selection of only the best grapes. The Virna label was created in 2001, when Virna Borgogno became proprietor of her family’s estate. Today the estate stretches out over an area of around 12 hectares, producing wines from grapes grown on its own vineyards located in historic crus in the Barolo wine-making area. Though the wines are from different crus, each one represents the heritage and tradition of the Barolo region.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Garlic Lover

Photo Credit: Joanne Weir / Cooking Light

Vampires, watch out. Garlic is nearly impossible to resist this time of year, whether it’s slow roasted and slathered on toast, or used as a flavoring in hearty autumn recipes. As Halloween approaches, instead of wearing a garland of garlic around your neck, how about making the classic French comfort food, Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic from Cooking Light? If there ever was a dish to repel vampires, this would be it.

You might be wondering what wine goes best with that much garlic, so we have you covered. Enter the Château Lamothe Bordeaux Blanc, a bright, tangy wine that perfectly offsets the pungent garlic. This wine is dense, yet still acidic enough to make it a food-friendly pairing at any fall gathering.

Laurent Martray in Vinous

Just in time for the change of seasons, Vinous has released its most recent set of Beaujolais reviews. Brouilly-based producer Laurent Martray has received a stellar set of scores for their 2016 bottlings. Specializing in old vine production, Martray has really outdone himself with these wines. Reviewer Josh Raynolds says of the vintage:
"The more I revisit the 2016s in Beaujolais, the more impressed I am. This is a vintage that has been underrated in many quarters when compared to the densely packed, deeply flavored, darker-fruited and more structured 2015s. That vintage received almost universal acclaim but from the beginning had its doubters, who considered the wines too atypical and large-scale. I get their point but, for the long haul, I’m still a believer. At their best, the 2016s show real freshness, energy and sharp delineation, with distinct regional (as in Cru) character. And I’ll add that there are an amazing number of outstanding 2016s, up and down the classification level, at every price point."

Laurent Martray has been a winemaker based in Odenas since 1987. His vines are located on the hillside of Combiaty facing east and south-east, from which come the “Vieilles Vignes” and “Corentin” cuvĂ©es. More recently Martray has been using a plot of vines located on the famous Brouilly hill, also in Odenas, which is the “Les FeuillĂ©es” wine in the CĂ´te de Brouilly appellation.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wine of the Week - Château Lamothe de Haux Bordeaux Blanc

Recently named to Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100 Best Buys of 2019" for the second year in a row, our featured wine this week is the Château Lamothe Bordeaux Blanc. The 2018 vintage was reviewed by Roger Voss, who says: "This crisp wine is bright, tangy and full of attractive lemon flavors. A riper side suggests red apples." Sounds like a perfect fall white!

Located in the commune of Haux southwest of Bordeaux’s city center, Château Lamothe has actively produced estate-bottled wine since the 16th century. Its renovation in the 19th century yielded the distinctive façade now pictured on the label of each of the Lamothe cuvees. It is currently run by The NĂ©el-Chombart family, who have owned the property since 1956. The Château currently spans 80 hectares of clay and limestone slopes in prime Bordeaux growing conditions. Over the past fifty years the family purchased more hectarage under vine and converted what were underground galleries below the chateau into cellars ideal for aging wine. Winemaking technology was also modernized and vastly improved. Today Château Lamothe’s distinctive label is recognized world-wide, and enjoys quite a following. In an effort to increase sustainability, Château Lamothe is working toward ISO 14001 certification, which sets out the criteria and maps out a framework that a winery can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Woodsy Mushrooms and NĂ©grette

Photo Credit: Vegetarian Times / Kate Kosaya

Mushrooms are starting to pop up at local Farmers Markets and tables as the season kicks off for harvesting wild mushrooms. These woodsy funghi are the ultimate autumn ingredient for everything from soups and stews to pizza and pasta. This week we’re highlighting a special pairing of Wild Mushroom Ravioli in Sage and Brown Butter Sauce from Vegetarian Times with Domaine Le Roc’s 'CuvĂ©e Classique,’ a rustic red made of NĂ©grette with dark fruit and herb notes.

The texture and character of the NĂ©grette echo the texture of the wild mushroom ravioli. The woodsy, earthy mushrooms laced with sage perfectly complement the herb notes on the wine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wine of the Week - Domaine Le Roc Fronton ‘Le Classique’

This week's featured wine is a unique bottling from the little-known French appellation of Fronton. Natural winemaker Domine Le Roc brings the Southwest of France to the U.S with their 'Cuvée
Classique.' A Negrette-based blend, this rustic wine is fresh and spicy with dark fruit and herb notes.
A touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah provide structure and length.

Since the Middle Ages, Fronton, just north of Toulouse, has been the home of the Negrette grape variety, which is nearly exclusive to the area. The region encompasses 2,300 hectares of vines dominated by dry heat and rocky soils and the landscape is marked by hills and valleys, ranging from 300 to 600 ft above sea level. It is here that, since 1974, the Ribes family has been dedicated to producing wines with personality and character at Domaine Le Roc. Their insistence on strictly controlled yields, while being careful not to over-extract the fruit, and high vine density planting produces wines that release a wonderful perfume. They produce wine in a traditional, almost old-fashioned way that raises the bar for Fronton wines and deserves recognition.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Rich and Luscious Autumn Recipes

Photo Credit: Alexandra Rowley / Food & Wine
Autumn brings all things rich and luscious -- jewel-toned leaves falling from the trees, ripe fruits, sumptuous knits and slow-cooked suppers. If you’re in need of the perfect fall dinner for a cozy evening at home, look no further than Food & Wine’s line up of 24 Fall Favorites to Put in Rotation. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but this week we’re feeling the Butternut Squash Casserole with Leeks, Prosciutto and Thyme, a “luscious squash-studded bread pudding” that can stand up on its own as a main dish, or can be served alongside roasted meats.

You’ll of course need an equally rich and luscious wine to pair it with, which is why we’re opening up a bottle of the Pascal Laffourcade Clos des Quartes. This Chenin Blanc has notes of ripe apple and a rich texture, which mirrors the buttery caramelized vegetables in the bread pudding.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wine of the Week - Pascal Laffourcade Clos des Quarts

Now that the weather has finally turned towards fall, there's no reason to abandon white wine just yet. Our featured wine this week is ready to make the seasonal transition with you - and is a real rarity as well. The Pascal Laffourcade Clos des Quarts is a rare example of Chenin Blanc grown in Quarts de Chaume (traditionally a producer of dessert wine) that is fermented to dryness. This is a white with some serious structure and the ability to age. Roger Voss, writing for Wine Enthusiast, says of the 2015 vintage:
"This single-vineyard wine is impressively ripe and rich. It is maturing although nowhere near its peak. The ripe apple, mango and kiwifruits are matched by the intensity of the mineral texture. (09/2018)"


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lamothe Best Buy

Congratulations to Château Lamothe de Haux! Their 2018 Bordeaux Blanc has been named to Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100 Best Buys of 2019." This is the second year in a row that this wine has been included on this list.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Pumpkin is for Fall

Photo Credit: So Delicious
Fall has arrived and pumpkins are everywhere -- on our plates and in our cups -- whether it’s a pumpkin spice latte or a creamy pumpkin pie. Not just for the sweet tooth, pumpkin makes an excellent addition to stews and soups, just as you would use a butternut squash. This weekend we’ll be getting in the fall mood and making So Delicious’ Lamb and Pumpkin Stew, a cozy dish with warm spices and rich flavor.

We’ll be pairing it with Laurent Martray's CĂ´te de Brouilly “Les FeuillĂ©es”, a full-bodied Gamay with notes of dark berries and allspice. Essentially fall in a bottle, this wine pairs beautifully with the warm spices in the lamb and pumpkin stew.

Jean-Louis Chave in Vinous and the Wine Spectator

Both Vinous and Wine Spectator have released bottle scores for the 2016 vintage of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave. With scores up to 98 points, this is a vintage to seek out. Also reviewed are Chave's SĂ©lection wines, offering value in an often-pricey category.

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 RhĂ´ne terroir.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wine of the Week - Laurent Martray CĂ´te de Brouilly “Les FeuillĂ©es”

This week's featured wine is a Gamay that's also ageworthy. Laurent Martray's CĂ´te de Brouilly “Les FeuillĂ©es” is no lightweight Beaujolais. This cru offering is complex and food friendly. Josh Raynolds, writing for Vinous, says of the 2015 vintage: “Brilliant magenta. Incisive, mineral-accented cherry and blackberry scents, along with suggestions of candied violet and allspice. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that spread out slowly and become sweeter as the wine opens up. The mineral note comes back strong on a very long, focused finish shaped by fine-grained tannins.”

Laurent Martray has been a winemaker based in Odenas since 1987. His vines are located on the hillside of Combiaty facing east and south-east, from which come the “Vieilles Vignes” and “Corentin” cuvĂ©es. More recently Martray has been using a plot of vines located on the famous Brouilly hill, also in Odenas, which is the “Les FeuillĂ©es” wine in the CĂ´te de Brouilly appellation. The “Les FeuillĂ©es” cuvĂ©e, in the CĂ´te de Brouilly appellation, is made from very old vines planted in 1916 on just over one hectare. The soil consists of porphyritic and diorite rocks with blue volcanic stone.