As summer comes to its final weeks and autumn waits just around the corner, we would like to share a delightful pairing of fresh, garden-picked veggies alongside a chilled bottle of our Colibri Rosé.
The artichokes had been at full height and yet to bloom in the garden—which of course you do not want if you’re planning to eat them—the perfect time to harvest. We cut back their stems to about an inch above the base of the artichoke. We clipped the sharp edges of each leaf and then placed a pot of water on the stove. While the artichokes boiled away happily softening in the pot, back into the garden we went to get a plethora of greens for a nice summer salad.
The romaine was happily plucked, thoroughly washed, and spun dry before being chopped up and added to our bowls. The lovely thing about growing greens in your garden is that they just keep replenishing! Which will mean many of salads in the days to come.
Salads can be made in a number of ways, with a number of ingredients, but the toppings we always like to keep on hand include nut and dried fruit mixes, tortilla strips/croutons, beets, apple, cucumbers, canned black beans, canned corn, and avocado.
The fruit added gives this summer salad a sweetness that pairs perfectly with a glass of our Colibri Dry Rosé. Topped with a nice balsamic or apple vinaigrette and you have a lovely salad to eat for lunch.
Once your salad is prepared, it's time to check on your artichoke. They do take some time to boil, generally about 20-40 minutes or so, or until the base is fork tender. When they are done, you will want to make something scrumptious to dip them in. Our recommendation, a dollop of mayonnaise sprinkled with Garlic and Herb Mrs. Dash seasoning to take that artichoke to the next level!
Our Colibri Dry Rosé, with its aromas of honeydew melon and rose petal, is filled with flavors of watermelon and strawberries. Its light body and medium acidity, make this very low sugar wine, produced from primarily old-world style head-trained Grenache vines, truly an elegant choice to accompany this delightful meal.
I absolutely love Chardonnay, especially in the warm Spring and Summer months. It is refreshing, yet, heavier than the Sauvignon Blanc. That is why we decided our Clos LaChance Reserve Chardonnay would be the perfect pairing with our Chicken Marsala dish, and boy were we right!
But, before we got to the main course, we enjoyed a nice spring salad to celebrate these final days of Spring. Spring salads are wonderful topped with ripe avocados, colorful diced bell peppers, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, crumbled feta, diced apple, beets, and topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.
We suggest getting the greens from your garden if you've grown them, for the freshest ingredients! Once the salad is rinsed and the excess water drained, place all your toppings in separate bowls so that your guests can decide precisely what they'd like to put on their own salads. Have several dressing options available too, as vinaigrettes are not for everyone. I know that was a flavor I too acquired a liking for with age.
Sip your wine, enjoy your salad, and save room for the chicken marsala! You'll be glad you did, as it is such a blast of flavors with the thinly sliced mushrooms, the cooked prosciutto, and the breaded chicken (pounded thin to about 1/4") all sautéed with a dry marsala wine.
After dinner, when the bottle has had its last drop of Chardonnay enjoyed by the guests, we move to the much-anticipated course, dessert. For those that like a little something sweet, perhaps consider something buttery like lemon bars or shortbread biscuits that could either be paired with another bottle of the Clos LaChance Reserve Chardonnay, or a lovely coffee served black or sweet and blonde.
So many options to end a wonderful evening. Comment below if you get a chance to make your own chicken marsala and salad dish, and which Clos wine you paired it with! Or let us know if you found a completely different recipe that paired equally as well with the Reserve Chardonnay. We all need inspiration when it comes to meal planning.