Greetings from Napa!
Oh, how I wish I could bring you to this beautiful valley right now. The sun is shining, the vines are growing, and we have a winner to announce! I am very pleased to introduce Paige, the winner of our S-I-P Recipe and Pairing Contest! Paige is a California native with loads of experience in winemaking, wine tasting, and I think you’ll agree, wine pairing. Here is what she had to say about her winning combination:
“For my recipe contest submission, I’ve decided to write up the perfect pairing for your silky smooth 2016 Estate Malbec. The Malbec is bold and delicious! It showcases a wonderful combination of dark fruit and rich tannins, with a soft and supple mouth feel that lingers on the palate. After tasting this alluring wine, I knew I had to come up with a pairing that would match its decadent flavor. That is why I’ve created a new twist on the steak sandwich! I’ve created an indulgent Spinach and Artichoke spread for this recipe in order to match and enhance the character of the Malbec! I hope you enjoy this recipe!”
Couldn’t agree more Paige, I certainly enjoyed it! Not only did her recipe give me an excuse to fire up the grill, the smokiness of the steak was a perfect match for the toasty oak and cocoa notes in our 2016 Essere Franco Estate Grown Malbec. This Malbec comes from our Las Cerezas vineyard in Yountville, and that moderate climate leaves the wine bursting with sumptuous flavors of blueberry and blackberry, a stellar combination for the the gouda and artichoke spread. Easy and delicious, two things I’m learning to value more and more these days! So get out on that patio, start the grill, and enjoy this amazing Malbec.
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