So many delicious recipes, so little time!
That’s where my mind goes when I browse the plethora of amazing food blogs.
Each week, we’ll find a few of our favorite recipes and pair it with a delicious Washington Wine. So Mr. Internet, you provide the recipes, we’ll supply the wine!
by Simply Playful Fare
These turkey sausage stuffed mushrooms look amazing. It’s early morning in Seattle, and although I’m drinking coffee, I want a tray of these cooking away in my oven right now.
Simply Playful Fare put together a dish perfect for the Fall. I’d love to see these served as an appetizer on Thanksgiving, and to make sure that happens, I may just make them myself. I’m sure no one at my parent’s house would complain.
The Wine Pairing Suggestion: Savage Grace Pinot Noir ($25)
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Savage, the proprietor and winemaker of Savage Grace, a few months ago. What he is doing is wonderful. His approach to winemaking resonated well with me: Old World style wines with lower alcohol, produced in a very hands-off approach. In a world where many wines are mass-produced based on an equation, it is refreshing to find a winemaker who is passionate for letting the wine speak versus telling it what to say.
This Pinot Noir is best described as elegant. It brings a nice spice and fruit notes you’d expect from a Pinot Noir. It is a rare treat to find a Washington Pinot Noir that is this well done. You’re going to enjoy this wine with the Thanksgiving Stuffed Mushrooms. The biggest challenge you have is not running out of one before the other!
The Main Dish
by Singly Scrumptious
Now I’m ready for dinner. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for pork dishes. It doesn’t get much better than properly prepared pork. The challenge? Not overcooking and including the proper complementary flavors. Pork can easily be overcooked or improperly balanced with the flavors you pair with it. What this recipe does is gives you a great approach to producing a delicious pork dish with an awesome sauce. Yes. I just said awesome sauce. Bravo to Singly Scrumptious on this dish. My mouth is watering just staring at that picture.
The Wine Pairing Suggestion: Waitsburg Cellars ‘The Aromatics’ 2013 Cheninières ($18)
Washington Chenin Blanc? Yes please. Washington Chenin Blanc produced by Paul Gregutt’s Waitsburg Cellars? Give it to me now.
Paul Gregutt is best known for his wine writing. If you’ve read a Washington wine review in Wine Enthusiast, you’ve read his work and experienced first hand how amazing his palate is. In the last year or two, he began reducing his writing and focusing on a little project in the small town of Waitsburg, located outside of Walla Walla, WA. This project is now starting to catch the attention of some big names in the world of wine. Why not get in early before everyone else knows the secret of these small production beauties?
Paul is focused on casting light on some of the wine varietals that don’t get as much attention as he feels they deserve. One of these varietals is Chenin Blanc.
Listen to this flavor profile provided by Waitsburg for the the 2013 Cheninieres, “This shows delicate and detailed scents of jasmine and lily flowers, along with a strong impression of mixed green fruits. Gooseberry, green melon and citrus lead, followed by lighter flavors of apple and pear.”
Does that not sound like the perfect match for Singly Scrumptious’ pork chops? Grab a bottle of this wine, cook up the Creamy Pork Chop with Mustard and Apples, and call it a night. You couldn’t ask for a better way to wind down the day.
by Spoonful of Flavor
What better way to conclude a Fall meal than with Apple Pie in cupcake format?! Spoonful of Flavor has done an excellent job of taking what could have evolved in to a challenging dessert to create, and instead kept it easy enough for a beginning chef to create a delicious treat that is sure to please any guests lucky enough to be graced with these at the end of a meal.
The Wine Pairing Suggestion: Poet’s Leap Botrytis Riesling ($50)
Bring on the dessert wine deliciousness! Poet’s Leap is one of the labels of Long Shadows Vintners. If you aren’t familiar with Long Shadows, it started as a project to bring top winemakers from around the world and partner them with Washington fruit to showcase the amazing quality of wines that we can produce in this corner of the world. To say it has been (and remains to be) a successful endeavor is an understatement.
The Poet’s Leap Botrytis Riesling is an insanely delicious, sticky treat. I spoke to the glory of the botrytis fungus in the post about Alexandria Nicole, here’s a quick recap: botrytis is also known as “noble rot”, it is a fungus that does amazing things to grapes – essentially sucking out the water and causing a sweet, amazingly unique finish. It’s a perfect pairing for Spoonful of Flavor’s Apple Pie cupcakes, and a perfect conclusion to any evening.