Something to Do with Leftover Lobster

Pairing: Lobster Aromatique and 2012 Marques Casa Concha Chardonnay

Food: I know … who ever heard of leftover lobster? Well, here is a dish and a wine pairing that is worth saving some of that cooked lobster from your summer cookout or clambake. It’s a recipe we found in an ancient copy of the Four Seasons Cookbook. Not sure if the famous Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City even still exists. But their recipe for Lobster Aromatique is simply astonishing. It calls for 2 cups of cooked lobster (for 2 servings), a cup of your favorite béchamel sauce, and the following seasonings: 2 T chopped shallots, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp each of mustard, paprika, cayenne, and curry powder, and 1 T each of lemon juice, minced chives and parsley. Lightly saute the shallots, add the chopped lobster and flame with 1/4 cup Pernod or brandy. Add all of the seasonings to the pan. Mix and add the béchamel sauce and reduce over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Serve warm. You may never again eat lobster any other way!

Lobster Aromique

Wine: 2012 Marques Casa Concha Chardonnay hails from the Llunaras de Camarico  Vineyard in the Limari Valley in Chile. This growing region is one of the northern most wine growing regions in Chile, 200 miles north of Santiago. A number of grapes are grown in the Valley, but Chardonnay is the star. And the 2o12 Marques Casa Concha received numerous accolades from several prominent reviewers highlighting the lovely flavor and the modest price.

Marques Chardonnay

Tasting:  The nose reveals aromas that reminds one of a Spring walk through an apple orchard with the trees in full bloom and white clover growing in the grass. On the palate one gets a mix of fresh apple, peach, pear, and honeysuckle, with hints of lemon. What a lovely wine and a great pairing for this elegant lobster dish. Enjoy!

Other Wine Pairings for the Lobster:  Viognier, White Burgundy, Sparkling Wine

Other Food Pairings for the Chardonnay:  Seafood or Chicken (grilled, roasted, or with a Cream Sauce)

Read More:  http://www.conchaytoro.com/descubre-vinos/fine-wine-collection/marques-de-casa-concha-chardonnay-en/

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A Classic Pairing – Salmon, Mushrooms and Pinot Noir

Pairing: Grilled Wild Salmon, Wild Mushrooms, and 2008 Marimar Estate Pinot Noir

Food: Although we love salmon prepared in a variety of ways (seared, poached, roasted, etc), our very favorite is to grill it after briefly marinading it in olive oil, salt and pepper. Saute some wild mushrooms (or cultivated if you wish) in some butter and pour on top of the cooked salmon. We like to serve it with buttered new potatoes and freshly shelled peas. Delightful!

Salmon and Mushrooms

Wine2008 Marimar Estate Pinot Noir Don Miguel Vineyard

Some of the very best Pinot Noir comes from the Sonoma County region of California, north of San Francisco Bay. And the beautiful Russian River Valley is home to some of the most renowned wines. Miramar Estate is located in the southwest corner of the valley. This wine is a fine example of a New World wine (versus an Old World wine). New World wines tend to be more “fruit forward” where big fruit flavors dominate. Old World wines are more nuanced, and have a bit more acidity and earthiness in the flavor profile. Among the most widely known Old World Pinot Noir is Red Burgundy from France.

Marimar Estate Pinot Noir

Tasting: This Marimar Estate has a wonderfully complex flavor profile. On the nose one gets cherry and flint aromas. The palate is an amazing array of flavors. Cherry, hedgerow jam, leather, and earth. The finish combines hedgerow fruits and forest floor. The mushrooms served on the salmon really bring out the scents and tastes of earth and forest floor in the wine.

Other Pairings for Pinot Noir:  Roast Chicken, Duck, Pork, Beef Tenderloin, Mushrooms

Other Pairings for Grilled Salmon:  Chardonnay, Rhone Style Wines, White Burgundy

Read More:  www.marimarestate.com

A Source:  www.wine.com

Buffalo Burgers and Mystery Wine

Food and Wine Pairing:  Buffalo Burgers and 2012 Juxtapoz North Coast Red Blend

Food:  Who doesn’t like hamburgers as part of a Fourth of July picnic? But have you tried burgers made from buffalo meat? A real treat. The burgers are leaner than most hamburgers which are typically made from ground chuck. Although some hamburger eaters use ground beef from leaner cuts of meat, buffalo meat is always deliciously lean. And, buffalo meat is becoming more and more available as more and more farmers are raising bison in lieu of cattle. The Healthy Buffalo is a great source for buffalo and meat from many other farm-raised game animals. All of which are much lower in fat and calories. We served classic potato salad and cole slaw with the burgers on the Fourth.

July 4 Buffalo Burgers

Wine: 2012 Juxtapoz North Coast Red Blend is a great example of the growing list of innovative wine making in California. For this wine, the winemaker has blended different grape varieties from different areas of the North Coast wine region. This appellation  encompasses all the vineyards north of San Francisco Bay and include Napa, Sonoma, Mendicino, and Lake Counties. The grapes used in this blend are:

Syrah (55%), Zinfandel (23%), Petite Syrah (9%), Malbec (6%), Cabernet Sauvignon (4%), and 3% Other (?). Everything but the kitchen sink! Only in California would you see such a creative blend like this one!

Juxtapoz North Coast Blend

Tasting: After one sip … “What a fabulous wine!” … “What the heck is it?” That’s the beauty of a well-crafted blend. It leaves you with great flavors, but musing as to what it is. Aromas of plum and blueberry waft up from the glass. On the palate, a medley of black fruits (current, blueberry, black cherry, and lingonberry) prevail with a backdrop of soft tannins. The finish provides a delightful conclusion with subtle hints of chocolate.

Other Food Pairings for this Wine: Meatloaf, Grilled Sausage, Lamb, Game, Mexican Food

Other Wine Pairings for these Burgers: Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel

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