Grilled Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breast. Basil Cavatelli Salad with White Bean, Sun-dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart, Arugula, Olive, Lemon.
Studying for the Certified Specialist of Wine Exam has made my trips to the wine store extremely difficult. There are so many regions I’ve been exploring through readings and my interests are forever changing. That being said it is officially Sum-sum-summertime! Heavy foods and bold, tannic wines just don’t seem appealing to me right now. I want crisp. I want acidic. I want fruit!
In the past I’ve been very blind with my “Summer Wine” selection. I have the tendency to go after fruity Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand or Dry Rieslings from The Finger Lakes (my local duty!). Served chilled, these are undoubtedly all great, easy drinking wines for Summer, however; I wanted to be adventurous this year and explore new pairings. I turned to a genre of wine I’ve often been timid to buy in the past: Rosé.
Being indecisive with my dinner plans, I bought two bottles of rosé to try this Summer one from Cotes-du-Rhone and one from Provence (both well known rose wine producers–check out that color difference!!). Admittedly, I’ve always been hesitant to buy rosé wines because of my own ignorance. I did not know about different styles or producers, and …well…I always though they were sweet, strawberry and fruity–a wine for spritzers and punch.
FALSE. FALSE. FALSE. Ignorance is NOT bliss…I’ve been missing out on some fantastic wines! Plus, there are some GREAT rosés from Provence that are extremely affordable!
I made basil cavatelli.
And tossed it into a cold salad of white beans, marinated sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, arugula, basil, lemon and kalamata olives. Topped with grilled lemon garlic-chicken breast and a few capers. I thought the strong flavors of this dish would be a great match for the bolder of the two wines, and paired my meal with 2012 Chateau de Trinquevedel Taval Rosé. The Taval AOC is the only Cotes-du-Rhone appellation that exclusively produces rosé wines. Some of the major varietals from the area include: Grenache, Mourverde, Syrah, Cinsaut, Clairette and Carignan. I was pleasantly surprised by the body of this wine–medium-plus with ripe cherry, fresh red fruit flavors and minerality. The finish was lingering and dry. Certainly a wine that makes you think a bit. I think I’ll be trying out more rose wines this summer.
On a sweeter note, this has nothing to do with my food-wine pairing, however; I feel obligated to share a picture of the most perfect cannoli ever. Rich ricotta cheese (not too sweet), laced with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips in a rich, firm outer pastry…It soothed my soul and made everything right in the world. My roommates brought this home from La Patisserie. I never wanted it to end and nearly licked the crumbs off the plate. *sigh* I want more.