July 2021 Tasting Recording

Pairings Muscat Summer Fruit White Sangria Zinfandel & Sheet Pan Chicken with Ratatouille Young Rioja & Eggplant Galette Unoaked White Burgundy & Fennel and Apricot Salad Muscat de Beaumes de Venise & Apricot Upside Down Cake

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Muscat Summer Fruit White Sangria

Since I love dessert and I love dessert wine, we’re gonna always have hella dessert up in here. Dessert wine is such a cool category that is totally unsung, so I do want you to experience it! But I also understand that you aren’t going to just like bash through a bottle of fortified dessert…

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Zinfandel & Sheet Pan Chicken with Ratatouille

I love chicken. I also love easy things! Chicken thighs are the easiest. This dish was inspired by the fact that it’s summer and that means Ratatouille, and this bottle of 2015 Heitz Zinfandel that I smuggled over from America a few years back. There’s a lot of cheap and cheerful Zinfandel out there, but…

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Young Rioja & Eggplant Galette

Somehow we ended up taking ALL the photos for this one! But we can start here. Look, I love pastry. I love making it. I love eating it. I love touching it, feeling it, being knuckle deep in dough is a true joy. People think pastry is hard, and they are wrong. It’s really not!…

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Unoaked White Burgundy & Fennel and Apricot Salad

This salad is a very slight variation on one that I witnessed during my summer job as a waitress in Paris in 2013. I worked under a Canadian chef and artist, Claudia Cabri, at her Miss Lunch café near the Marché d’Aligre. It was so cool to see someone really creative making delicious, ever changing…

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Muscat de Beaumes de Venise & Apricot Upside Down Cake

I love love love this recipe, this wine, and this pairing! So let’s start with the recipe cause that was the inspiration for the pairing. This recipe is a riff on this Bon Appétit recipe for a cherry upside down cake using frozen cherries. My cake pan is an 8 inch so I reduced the…

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Pinot Grigio & Corn and Feta Salad

Let’s just get this out of the way: Pinot Grigio is great because it is very blah. When it’s cheap and cheerful, likely coming from the Veneto region in Italy, it’s sharp, light, mildly fruity, and 100% inoffensive. When it’s a little more expensive and coming from somewhere like Alto Adige up in the Dolomite…

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Barbera & Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Butter

Barbera is a grape famously grown in Piedmont in Northern Italy. It varies a lot in style, winemaking can affect it greatly, but it’s famous for being high in acidity and on the light side for tannins. It’s deep red, with a lot of red fruit and cherry character. Barbera is juicy rather than chewy,…

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