Happy New Year! With Winter upon us and the weather a little chillier almost everywhere, that means it’s time to bask in the warmth of our homes and try out some new recipes. Our winemaker, Brittany Rice, has curated four recipes from some of her favorite chefs and paired them with Sunstone wines. You’ll love this four course Winter Dinner Plan!
All of these wines are available for purchase individually, but you can save 35% by buying all 4 together for just $99. Enjoy!
ROASTED FENNEL SALAD WITH PUMPKIN ORANGE VINAIGRETTE
Paired With: SUNSTONE 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC
There is a lot of congruence between this wine and this salad. The acidity in the Sauvignon Blanc is able to stand up to the bold flavors of the bitter greens, fennel and arugula, while the orange notes in the vinaigrette perfectly complement the citrus notes like grapefruit and lemon in the wine. Plus, the peppercorns, ginger, and mustard seeds in the vinaigrette add a little warmth to the dish. The perfect way to start off your winter meal!
SautÉEd BLACK SEA BASS WITH MUSTARD CURRY
Paired With: SUNSTONE 2019 VIOGNIER, SYV
Our 2019 SYV Viognier spent only four months in neutral oak, followed by stainless steel, giving it a much lighter feel than our Linda’s Viognier which spends more time in oak. Because it is lighter, it is a perfect match for black sea bass which is lean and flaky. In addition, the tumeric, mustard and cayenne in the curry match well with the tamarind spice notes in the wine. This one is very versatile, so it can also be used as your main course!
BLUE CHEESE ROASTED CHICKEN WITH APPLE THYME STUFFING
Paired With: SUNSTONE 2018 GRENACHE, SYV
Many chicken dishes are commonly paired with white wines, but when chicken is roasted then it becomes the perfect texture for light-to-medium-bodied red wines like our SYV Grenache. Similarly, blue cheese is not commonly paired with red wines because its acidity and tang can clash with tannins in red wines, but this Grenache is not tannic at all. The warm apple stuffing also complements the notes of baked apple pie and baking spices in the wine. Enjoy by the fire!
Paired With: SUNSTONE 2018 SOLEIL ROUGE
What better way to end a meal than with chocolate! Specifically, a chocolate pavé cake, whose name is derived from its square shape that looks like a “paving stone”. Soleil Rouge is a great match for this dessert because it has notes of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee that complement the different kinds of chocolate in the cake. And with only seven ingredients, this is simple to make. Bon appetit!