Spring has arrived and here are 5 of our favorite Spring food and wine pairings. There is nothing better than grilled meats, fresh garden vegetables and wine to make that spring day perfect!
- Smoked Trout and Croze Viognier-One of our favorite spring activities is dropping a line in the water and pulling in a fresh trout, if that isn’t your thing head over and ask your fish monger they will even pre-fillet it upon request. The richness of the barrel aged Viognier and its natural floral aromas and fresh citrus character will balance out the smoke and rich tender fish. Serve with a fresh tomato, basil & mozzarella salad.
- Sea Bass and Croze Chardonnay-Fresh sea bass and a chardonnay that exhibits fresh fruit and acid qualities are a fantastic spring match. Our chardonnay is barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation leading to a wine that shows bright fruit and acidity that adds to the fish while cutting through the fattiness. We like to use a simple preparation for the fish of olive oil, garlic and fresh parsley as these ingredients will meld with the chardonnay. The goal of the pairing is to bring out flavors that complement each other and here we are focused on freshness.
- Wild Mushroom and Burrata Cheese Bruschetta and Smith Wooton Pinot Noir-Burrata cheese has an amazing flavor and great texture that works well on crusty bread and when mixed with the flavorful mushrooms just melts in your mouth. We like to pair this entertaining dish with Pinot Noir as the earthiness of the Pinot Noir compliments the wild mushrooms flavor as well as the richness of the burrata cheese.
- Lamb Kabobs and Smith Wooton Cabernet Franc– I think there is something special about pairing Cabernet Franc with lamb especially if the lamb has a drizzle of olive oil and a pepper component in the dish. We will leave the lamb marinade up to you as long as you have red pepper on your kabob. The Cabernet Francs characteristics of pepper, mint and slight spices make the wine a perfect complement to the lambs succulent flavors and natural richness. We prefer to grill the lamb as this brings a heightened smoky flavor from the lamb into the wine. We like to serve the lamb kabobs on a bed of couscous.
- Seared Duck breast with Huckleberry Sauce and Croze Cabernet Sauvignon-Don’t be afraid of the reputation of duck being a tricky dish to handle, this may be the most wine friendly meat. Two main points to pairing duck 1.Duck needs a wine with a bit of acidity to counter the richness of the meat 2. Duck has a gamey quality that needs an earthy wine to act as a counterbalance. If you use a fruit sauce such as huckleberry you need a complex wine that balances fruit, earth and acidity. The Croze Cabernet Sauvignon medium body and elegance will not overpower the duck while the dark fruit will compliment the sauce accompaniment. Cheers & Bon Appetit!