Sean Diggins has done a masterful job at building a wine list that's affordable and pairs well with the cuisine of Gitane. Gitane serves up Spanish tapas influenced by the cuisines of Morocco and Northern Africa. It's not surprising that I loved this restaurant so much since the chef, Lisa Eyherabide, used to be at Piperade—one of my top 5 restaurants in San Francisco.
Some of the pairings that worked extremely well were:
2008 Albariño, Adegas Gran Vinum, “Nessa”, Rías Baixas, Spain (a previous WU selection) with Sardinas en Escabèche.
Sherry, La Cigarrera, Manzanilla, Sanlucar with Piquillo peppers stuffed with fresh Dungeness crab salad served with cucumber tagliatell, lemon confit dressing.
2007 Listan Negro (the name of the varietal), Bodegas Tajinaste, Valle de la Orotava, Canary Islands with Chiprones—grilled squid, stuffed with hot chorizo, garlic, thyme, onion, rice, olives, lemon dressing, fried bell pepper. A hot tip: Don’t share the fried bell pepper!
This month try the following recipe for Cataplana, a Portuguese seafood dish, with Odisea Albariño featured in Everyday Libations club level.
2 lb monkfish filets, cleaned
1 lb clams
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 garlic gloves
½ chorizo Palacio hot
¼ bu fresh cilantro
½ lb fingerling potatoes
1/2 L white wine
1 L of lobster bisque (can also use 1L of white wine instead)
2 lb lobster head
1 onion sliced
1 carrot sliced
1 celery branch sliced
¼ fennel sliced
10 tomatoes cut in 4
1 cup tomato paste
As we all know, this economy has been, and continues to be, a doozy. In the past two weeks, I’ve had a handful of WU members tell me Wine Unleashed is the only wine club they still belong to. Honestly, this blew me away. A few members belonged to upwards of 10 clubs, while others belonged to just a few. I’m humbled and thankful for their continued support, and am even more inspired in my mission of finding unique wines.
This feedback led me to think about the impact this recession is having upon us as consumers. In the wine world there are quite a few things that have changed (some good and some bad and some ugly):
Angela Camacho, a certified sommelier and author of a best selling wine tool, The Wine Wheel®, shares her obsession with wine and food.