Hi Everyone! With Easter right around the corner, I thought I'd dedicate this Wine Wednesday post to what I plan to cook and drink to celebrate the occasion. My family is going to be having late brunch so I wanted to do something traditional, seasonal and balanced, but also something that wouldn't put everyone to sleep for the rest of the day. This meal is a collaboration, if you will, of recipes from the kitchens of Jamie Oliver, Darina Allen, Ina Garten, and of course, Kate Uncorked!
Mummy's Sweet White scones with Homemade Strawberry Jam (Darina Allen recipe)
Red Leaf Lettuce Salad of Pistachios and Goat Cheese with Grapefruit Shallot Vinaigrette (Kate Uncorked Recipe)
Wine Pairing: Pewsey Vale Riesling 2013 (Eden Valley, Australia)
Tasting Note: Stay tuned for a full post about Rieslings coming up as I am a huge fan. This Riesling is bone dry with soft fresh natural acidity. It is pale straw in color with hints of citrus and stone fruits on the palate. It also has a slightly herbaceous and green note to it. This wine is incredibly balanced with good length. Because if its natural acidity, it is an excellent wine with which to start a meal because it helps to warm up your taste buds for both food and fuller bodied wines. Again, I stress that this is a bone dry Riesling! If you enjoy aromatic Pinot Blancs from Alsace or the Pacific Northwest, I encourage you to try this. It can be found at Bond Street Wines for $16.99
Wine Pairing: 2012 Domaine de Fenouillet Beaumes-de-Venise (Rhone, France)
Tasting Note: This wine is a combination of the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes, also known as GSM. This is a very typical combination of wines from the Southern Rhone Valley. It is garnet in color with hints of dark plum and cherry fruits, pepper and even some herbaceous notes. This wine maintains the richness of a typical Southern Rhone wine but is also light and smooth on the palate with silky tannins. Try this if you are looking for a moderately priced wine that drinks similarly to a Chateauneuf du Pape. It is available at Barrel Thief for $22.99.
Dijon Herb Roasted Salmon (Kate Uncorked Recipe)
Wine Pairing: 2012 Jean-Marc Lafont, Domaine de Bel-Air Moulin A Vent (Beaujolais, France)
Tasting Note: This wine is made from 100% Gamay grapes and comes from Moulin a Vent, one of the ten Beaujolais crus. These wines are typically characterized by being a but more rich and tannic than a typical Beaujolais Nouveau wine that you might be used to. The richness comes out in the fruit forward and spicy nature of this wine which is why I chose it to compliment the oiliness and meatiness of the salmon. Try this wine if you enjoy Red Burgundy or aromatic Pinot Noirs from Oregon. It can be found at Barrel Thief for $21.99.
Pearl Barley Salad with Herbs and Cider Vinaigrette (Kate Uncorked Recipe)
Wine Pairing: Peri 46 Talento Brut Millesimato (see previous Wine Wednesday post for tasting note)
Feel free to contact me for menu planning help or for any of my recipes if you're interested in incorporating them into your Easter Brunch menu! Stay tuned for pictures of the final product. As always, Happy Tasting!