10 September 2015
With the heat at near record levels, I hadn't been drinking much wine lately. Then I remembered I had a bottle of Two Shepherds Grenache Rosé 2014. It's so pretty, a gorgeous shade of light red, that I almost didn't want to open it. But one taste and I was saying "Where have you been all summer?"
Of course, you can drink this wine all year round, but it is so perfect for summer. I know it's almost a cliche to call a rosé "refreshing," but this one really is. It's bright and vibrant and goes so well with the kinds of foods we eat in summer: grilled foods, vegetables, salads. Chinese takeout.
I was feeling ambitious, in spite of the heat, and whipped up a batch of steamed pork buns for lunch. Thought they might be good with the rosé. I was soooo right! I had a little left over and enjoyed it with an avocado sandwich the next day. Yes! An avocado sandwich. And it was a wonderful pairing!
Here's my review of Two Shepherds Grenache Blanc.
Two Shepherds specializes in "cool climate Rhone wines that express place and vintage." The one-man micro-winery began commercial production in 2010 with just 175 cases and has grown steadily from there.
Now they're expanding their operation so they can bring us more of their wonderful wines. They've launched a crowdfunding campaign, and you can see more about it at Indiegogo Two Shepherds story.
(By the way, I'm not being compensated to tell you about Two Shepherds or their crowdfunding. I just wanted to pass along the information to others who enjoy wine and who like to see people working at something they are passionate about.)
These Steamed Pork Buns (or is it Pork Steamed Buns?) were great, but I did not have time to get the recipe together for you this week. Soon. What is your favorite hot-weather food and wine pairing?