This is the perfect time of year to pair your favorite wine with fresh produce from the farmer’s market. This week, Nat has a suggestion for a vegetarian-friendly dish that will play very nicely with the Calcu Rose Reserva:
“Because this is a refined and elegant Chilean Rose with wild berries and lemon blossoms on the nose followed by crisp, vibrant, fresh notes on the palate, it works very well when paired with vegetable dishes such as risotto or rice.
Primarily Malbec with 35% Syrah and just 10% Petit Verdot (this last grape being the one that gives the wine its crisp dryness), this Rose would also be delightful with a potato salad made of tiny fingerling potatoes (very Chilean!), along with cilantro, onions, garlic, celery, and chopped hard-boiled eggs. You can also further integrate the Calcu by dressing the salad with a simple homemade mayo made of whipped olive oil, a bit of egg, salt, pepper, and a few drops of Rose!”
Rose and farmers' market fresh salad make for a light dinner that pleases your palate AND your budget!
Vina Maquis Calcu Rose, Colchagua Valley, Chile
If you have a wine or a dish that you want to try (or if you just want to learn more about pairing), please let us know in the comments — we would love to help you out!
Each Thursday, we select a new Midtown Wine of the Week. Typically under $20, these are wines we think will be palatable to everyone out there — from the discerning connoisseur to the wine novice. This week we went with Santa Ema’s Reserve Merlot 2008, which rated 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
I decided to take a bottle home to try last night, as I hadn’t had it in quite a few years, and it was just as excellent as I remember.
It pours a deep purple with a dark crimson edge. On the nose it offers up a bouquet of cocoa powder, a tinge of sweet vanilla from the oak and a slight hint of alcohol. It’s medium to full-bodied with soft tannins that just barely layer the palate, though as the bottle remains open for a few hours, the mouthfeel takes on a bit of a fleshy characteristic. The milk chocolate tones come out stronger on the mid-palate along with ripe blackberry jam. There’s a hint of spice to go with the acidity, and the smooth finish goes on for a solid 20+ seconds.
What makes this wine even more impressive is the price — $13.99. Quality bottles at affordable prices have become the norm out of Chile and Argentina, and they are more and more readily available as well.
What’s your favorite bottle of South American wine?