As the chilly weather approaches don’t automatically assume that its time to cellar those white and rosés. Rosé season is still upon us (then again I drink rosé year round) and Rhone Valley Rosés are wonderful with fall meals. The Farmers Markets are tons of fun in the fall and have a wide range of seasonal ingredients.
Rosé of choice: 2013 Domaine les Hautes Cances, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne. This wine is a “pretty pink” color that expresses aromas of ripe strawberry, violet, raspberries, and some salinity/minerality. On the palate this wine is well balanced and very pleasant with nice gripping acidity that went beautifully with Baked Clams, fresh from the Seatuck Fish Company farmers stand.
What I love about Seatuck is the staff and the quality of the seafood. Every purchase I make with them results in an incredible meal where my wine pairings can be truly enjoyed.
I simply steamed the clams in a light beer with some garlic and onions. While steaming I mixed up some Panko Crumbs, Garlic, Onion, Smoked Paprika, Fresh Thyme, and Butter and set aside.
The smoked paprika intensifies the berry flavors in the wine, but still allows this rosé to remain elegant and not overpowered.
The dish really brightens the mineral notes in the wine, which is what I know and love, and many people enjoy about these old world wines.
Rhône Valley wines are always popular, and should be kept in your wine cabinet or cellar at all times. I find these wines are quality driven and very budget friendly, and make for the perfect wine when entertaining guests.
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love!