Food & Wine 03-12-14By
We continue with the fun filled journey of pairing foods & wines.
“In House” Smoked Shinsato Pork with Hau’ula tomatoes, sliced Maui onions & lemon-fish sauce (Keith Endo, VINO)
2012 Eric Chevalier Pinot Noir Rose–this is marvelous, light, airy Pink wine from the Muscadet region of France’s Loire Valley. It wasn’t that long ago, when we were lucky to get 2 or 3 vintages out of every ten which would ripen the grapes. Imagine!!!!…today now Pinot Noir!!!! This rose gives the dish a real uplifting, palate cleansing fruitiness between bites.
Roasted Beet, Avocado & Surfing Goat cheese “Salad” (Ivan Pahk, Maui Fish & Pasta)
2012 Champalou Vouvray Sec–I have tasted a fair share of Vouvray over the years, but I always seem to come back to Champalou’s Sec, as that is home for me! I just love the deftly crafted sweet sour tug of war this bottling masterfully features year in & year out. I also adore this wine’s riveting minerality & amazing lightness & ethereal-ness. It really is like no other! It makes this dish just come alive, especially with the fresh herbs gently sprinkled on top.
Home-made Papardelle with wild mushrooms (Ivan Pahk, Maui Fish & Pasta)
2012 Drew Albarino “Anderson Valley”–who doesn’t love a more classic styled of Pasta once in a while? Yes, one could readily pair this wine some kind of Chardonnay. But if you want magic, I suggest a more aromatic white wine. This one especially connects with the potpourri of fresh herbs sprinkled on top at the last moment before serving. Just it uplifts the flavors & remarkably counters the dish’s richness.
Kula Strawberries with miso vinaigrette & micro arugula (Keith Endo, VINO)
2011 Filippo Gallino Birbet–in Piemonte, Italy between the towns of Asti & Alba, top caliber Brachetto wines can be labled as Brachetto d’Acqui. Yes….& this is fastly growing wine category in terms of popularity. I therefore also see the price quickly rising as well. In Roero, this style of slightly sweet, fizzy, deliciously fruity Brachetto wines are called Birbet. It does wonders with the smoked miso & especially the strawberries. Boy, this was a fun pairing!!!