Lingenfelder Vineyard defies all food pairing rules
Last summer during a camping vacation in Oregon, we paired our 2005 Lingenfelder with what we call a “kitchen sink” salad.Since mixed salads can be difficult to match, we were curious how well the wine would show. It wasn’t just good, it worked beautifully! The tomato did not neutralize the fruit, they sang along together, the sheep’s milk feta did not bring out the barnyard quality; it was a good match and in combination developed a woodsy floral character on the palate.We expected the hard boiled egg to flatten out the wine; instead there was a richness to the combination. Even the acid in the vinaigrette dressing complimented the wine.
We recently recreated this salad to sample with our 2006 Lingenfelder and we’re happy to report that it paired equally as well.What is it about Lingenfelder Vineyard that is different besides soil and micro-climate? One possibility is that it is the first pinot we’ve made from 100% Martini clone grapes.We found the wine from this clone to develop a roundness and integration of flavors at a relatively young age. In short this pairing provided us with the kind of experience that makes wine such a fascinating beverage.
NEW CHEESE SUGGESTIONS
Food and Wine
Pinot Noir is an extremely versatile wine and pairs easily with meats, poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes. We’d like to offer a few suggestions. This is by no means a complete list, but the beginning of a new exploration.
First, we’d like to quote Paul Root of Root’s Cellar in Healdsburg, CA who once said:
“God made pinot noir and lamb on the same day.”
We have found that lamb pairs best with our Floodgate, Salzgeber-Chan and Bush Vineyards. Broiled or grilled, rubbed with garlic, pepper, a little rosemary, thyme or lavender, salt once cooked. Grill a variety of vegetables at the same time, brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper, add garlic or herbs of your choice.
Seafood is a wonderful match with Pinot Noir. The richness of crab, scallops, salmon and tuna can enhance the velvety texture and background flavors. Cracked crab lightly dipped in butter is a perfect match with Montgomery Vineyard. Salzgeber-Chan sings with scallops and Demuth is exceptional with grilled tuna. BBQ salmon compliments all of our pinots, rub with olive oil, a small amount of soy sauce and cracked pepper. Yumm!
Salads should not be dressed with a high acid vinegar; champagne, raspberry or balsamic is a better compliment to the wine. Best to leave tomato out of the salad for the same reason - too acidic. One of our favorite combinations with Montgomery Vineyard is a salad of equal parts cucumber and baby arugula lightly tossed with champagne vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve with seared halibut and a good crusty bread for a quick and delicious dinner.
Rissotto has a rich texture and can be salty depending on how much Parmesan is added. Although made with white wine, it is a great match with our Bush Vineyard which can stand up to salty dishes as it is more ‘fruit forward’. We like our risotto with mushrooms and peas.
One of our long time customers paired Bush Vineyard with Pork Tenderloin wrapped in bacon. (We use turkey bacon.) Bake at 350° until the meat thermometer reads 120° for rare, 140° well done, about 25-30 minutes. We also tried it grilled and loved it prepared that way too. Sear over high heat 3 minutes on each side, move to indirect heat and cook about 12 minutes on each side. You’ll want more!
We recommend a selection of cheeses: Taleggio, Aged Brescianella, Jean Grogne, Le Marechal, Gruyere, St. George, Brie and Humbolt Fog. We’d like to add to your cheese pairing pleasure with Fiore del Pastore, Garoitin, Tomme Crayeuse and Piedmontese Tomino.
Just a few ideas to whet your appetite and hopefully inspire your creativity. We love hearing about your favorite pairings with our wines so call, write or email us. As always, if you’re in the Healdsburg area, we hope you’ll visit!
Grilled or Broiled Ahi Tuna with Avocado Salsa
This recipe pairs beautifully with all three of our Russian River Pinot Noirs.
Preheat broiler or fire up the grill.
Salsa: Make ahead to spoon immediately over grilled Tuna
Mix above ingredients together, gently fold in
Tuna Steaks, 5-6 oz each, brush with olive oil
Arrange on plate, spoon salsa across Tuna.
Hank’s Savory BBQ Sauce
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil about 5 minutes before adding all remaining ingredients. Simmer together for 15 minutes to blend flavors and slightly reduce liquid. Place parboiled meat in a baking tray, pour BBQ sauce over and marinate for at least two hours before baking. For pork: Cover and bake at 325º for 1 hour, uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes. For chicken: Bake at 350º and reduce baking time to 45 minutes uncovered.
We served the ribs with our 2001 Montgomery Vineyard and 2007 Corby Vineyard Pinot Noirs and found they were both a great match.
Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder
We have created a new recipe for you to try. We recently served a slow braised pork shoulder roast (3-4lb) with our 07 Montgomery and it was a perfect match. We browned the roast in a Dutch oven with 2 Tbl coriander seed and 1tsp fennel seed, a, hefty pinch of rosemary, mortar to crack seeds and crush rosemary, 4-5 crushed cloves garlic and 1 med onion sliced in half rings Add about 1 &1/2 cups red wine and baked at 275 for 5plus hours, soooooo tender and delicious. S&P to taste. Removed the onion and simmer on the top of the stove to reduced the liquid for an excellent sauce. They sang together!
Cow’s milk and occasionally a blend of cow with goat or sheep’s milk tend to marry well with our pinot noirs. 100% sheep and goat’s milk can bring out the“barnyard” in pinots and mask the fruit and spice flavors of our wines.
We love hearing from you with questions, comments and wine experiences.
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