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April 14, 2011

Our Springtime Wine Picks

We feel strongly that quality and value don’t have to be mutually exclusive when it comes to wine. And, luckily, there are many wonderful producers and growers out there who feel exactly the same way and are sourcing high quality grapes at reasonable prices.

With some help from our friends over at Vestry Wines here in New York City, we’ve put together a short list that you are sure to enjoy this spring. Included are the familiar like chardonnay and pinot noir and a couple that are perhaps a little less so, like Gruner Veltliner and Monastrell that span the globe from Chile and California to Spain and Austria. Let your taste buds take a vacation and tell us what you think. Cheers!

Whites:
Forstreiter Grooner Gruner Veltliner, Austria 2009:  $10 to $12 per 750ml bottle

Gruner Veltliner, the #1 white wine grape of Austria, is a terrific light-bodied food wine. Crisp and refreshing with notes of apple and citrus, it goes well with fish, chicken, and salads or on its own by the pool. Try it with our Lemon-Thyme Salmon , Couscous Salad or Herb Grilled Chicken with Green Beans and Almonds. If you like pinot grigio, you’ll love this wine.

Cucao Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley Chile 2010:  $9 to $11 per 750ml bottle

This is a well-balanced medium-bodied chardonnay that’s not too oaky or buttery like so many chardonnays in this price range. It’s aromatic and crisp with hints of lemon, peaches and green apple and a just the right amount of oak.  It’s the perfect companion to our Halibut over Spinach or Pasta with Clams.

Reds:
Heron Pinot Noir California 2009:  $10 to $12 per 750ml bottle

It’s not easy to find such high quality pinot noir at this price. This elegant and versatile medium-bodied wine is lush with red berry and black cherry fruit, earth, and a little oak. It pairs well with fish, chicken, pasta, grilled meats and turkey. Try it with our Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Carrots and Onions or Sweet Cherry Tomato Pasta.

Juan Gil, Wrongo Dongo Monastrell (Mourvèdre), Jumilla, Spain 2009:  $7 to $10 per 750ml bottle

This deep red from Spain is a crowd pleaser, rich with plummy fruit and a little spice. It’s soft on the palate with no harsh tannins and so easy drinking that it can be enjoyed without food. But we would love it if you tried it with our heartier dishes like our Herb Roasted Beef or Cacio e Pepe.

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April 11, 2011

Cooking Tip: Clean Work Area

Always start your cooking adventure with a clean work area, and be sure to give yourself plenty of clutter-free counter space. It’s also helpful to have all of the necessary tools and equipment out of the drawers or, at least, within close reach. This will make it easier to stay organized and streamlined right from the get-go.

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April 6, 2011

Cooking Tip: Handling Hot Chile Peppers

Immediately wash your hands after slicing hot Chile peppers, and, whatever you do, don’t touch your eyes! The oils in the pepper will cause your skin and eyes to burn. If you cook often with chile peppers, rubber gloves are a highly recommended investment.

 

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