Jun 132012
 
Welcome back to Wine Down Wednesday where I review a vegan dish paired with two different wines from Broadbent Selections.


This is the camping edition where I did the wine tasting along with my parents and my friend Justine while camping near Savannah last weekend.





Several years ago I made a caponataover spaghetti squash and have been meaning to recreate it because it’s one of my favorites.  Thankfully, I finally got around to it because everyone had a lot to say about it.  With the various flavors and textures it makes a delicious and interesting meal. 



To pair wines with a meatless dish we must look at the spices and main flavors of the recipe.  For this dish we combine spicy red pepper flakes, cinnamon, cocoa, fresh mint, balsamic reduction and tomato sauce. 


Spy Valley Riesling, 2011, New Zealand and Warwick Estate Pinotage, 2009, South Africa 

Spy Valley Riesling, 2011, New Zealand

Spy Valley wines are crafted by the Johnson Estate, a family owned winery located in Marlborough, New Zealand. It is one of the youngest wineries I have reviewed – founded in 1993. Overlooking the vines are two huge, white domes; this facility gathers information on satellite communications for the US and New Zealand – hence the name, Spy Valley.


I have reviewed the Sauvignon Blanc twice in the past; in fact, the first time I tried it at a Bite Club event I was solely a fan of red and wondered if their wine might turn me into a white wine lover! The second review was just as delicious – rated a YUM in a previous Wine Down Wednesday post.
The notes from the Spy Valley website state that this wine is fermented in steel tanks to give it  a citrusy floral flavor – intense lime, green apple and floral aromas. “The palate is vibrant and elegant with racy acid in a dry style.” 
Warwick Estate Pinotage, 2009, South Africa
From 1791 through 1902 Warwick Wine Estate in South Africa was originally known as ‘De Goede Sukses’, the Good Success farm. It was later renamed Warwick after being purchased by Colonel Alexander Gordon of the Warwickshire regiment. In the 60′s the winery traded hands again when it was purchased by Norma Ratcliffe and her husband Stan. After initially selling the grapes wholesale to other wineries, Norma studied the art of winemaking and began producing her own wine in 1984.

I previously reviewed the Warwick, First Lady Cabernet with a rating of Damn that’s Good.  The Pinotage was by far the most interesting of the tastings I have done. See below on both our notes and the change with the pairing.


Here is the rating info.
Categories

Category #1 – How well my dish turned out.
Category #2 – How well I like the wine.
Category #3 – Pairing notes – How well this wine pairs with the dish.

Rating Scale

Bleck -This wine is pretty bad.
Ho Hum- I could drink it if I was at a football game and there was nothing else in the cooler.
Nice -Good table wine. I would keep this in the wine cooler if it was a good value.
Yum – This is good, I would pay a fair bit more and have it for a special occasion.
Damn that’s Good – Self explanatory.
** We will use the same terminology for how the dish turned out and how well it paired.

Category #1 The Dish

Me – rating of YUM. I LOVE the layers of flavors in this dish– spicy red pepper, aromatic herbs, sweet raisins, touch of salt, balsamic and tomato reduction.
Justine – rating of YUM. Justine enjoyed the balance of fresh mint, balsamic, sweet raisins and pine nuts. She thought there should be more sauce for the salad greens.
Mom – rating of nice. Mom thought it was too spicy, she isn’t a fan of heat, but liked the flavor and the meatiness of the eggplant.
Dad – rating of ho-hum. He thought it needed more salt. (I had left most of the salt out as my parents tend to dislike saltiness. It looks like that was a bad idea in this case.) Dad does not like the fresh mint and mix of cinnamon, sweet raisins and cocoa. He liked the pine nuts. He thought there should be more sauce for the salad greens.

Category #2 The Wines

Spy Valley Riesling

Me – rating of Damn that’s Good – I tasted fresh pear. It is light and drinkable. Perfect for a campout. I like the pear/lemon color.
Justine – rating of Damn that’s Good – Justine tasted bright citrus. She said it was very refreshing and wants to order two bottles.
Mom – rating of Damn that’s Good – Mom liked the clean and refreshing body. She liked the level of sweetness – semi dry.
Dad – rating of YUM – Dad gave a “Mmmm!” but then after a few sips thought it was a bit too sweet.

Warwick Pinotage

Me – rating of Nice. Wow the pinotage has a lot more body….chewy. Flavors of chocolate.  It definitely had a long finish.
Justine – rating of Nice. Tasted licorice and thought it had lots of body.
Mom – rating of Nice. Mom said she thought it was spicy and got drier and drier as the glass went on.
Dad – rating of Ho Hum. Dad thought it was heavy and thick. It left an aftertaste.

Category #3 The Pairing

Spy Valley Pairing

Me – rating of YUM. This one is refreshing with the heat of the spice.
Justine – rating of Damn that’s Good. Justine thought it brought out the sweetness of the raisins and loves sweetness.
Mom – rating of YUM. Mom thought it cooled down the spiciness.
Dad – rating of Ho Hum. Dad thought the semi-dry was too sweet with this dish.

Warwick Pairing

Me – rating of YUM – Damn that’s Good. This is crazy but the Warwick is AWESOME with the balsamic reduction and the meaty eggplant.
Justine – rating of Nice. Justine said she still liked the Spy Valley. This one was ok but still a bit heavy for her.
Mom – rating of YUM. Mom thought it was really interesting how well the spicy wine went with the dish and almost seemed to bring the spiciness of it down a notch.
Dad – rating of YUM – Damn that’s Good. Dad said the wine really paired well with the dish. It became more juicy than dry.
**I will note that we continued “tasting” this wine with the dish and ended up polishing it off.

Where to buy
All the wines will be for sale locally at the Grotto in San Marco. You can contact Mitch Woodlief, grottomitch@aol.com with questions and pricing and anyone outside the Greater Jacksonville area can contact E-MAIL: info@broadbent.com PHONE: US +1 415-931-1725.

Sautéed Eggplant Caponata Salad

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

Spice Mixture
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (less if you don’t like heat -can be omitted completely)
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp coarse salt

Sauce
1/8 cup Organic Tomato Pasta Sauce (for more sauce use 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar (for more sauce use 1/2 cup)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray
1 small Vidalia onion, sliced
4 Japanese eggplant, sliced
2 Tbsp raisins
4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) pine nuts
1/4 cup Fresh Mint
1 head fresh romaine, chopped

Directions

1. Mix the spice mixture in a small bowl and set aside.  Mix the sauce mixture in a second small bowl, set aside.  Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray; sauté onion about five minutes, or until translucent. (You may need to deglaze pan a few times with some water, broth or white wine to prevent sticking.)

2. Add eggplant and raisins; sprinkle with seasoning mixture and toss well, sautéing about a minute; add sauce mixture, reduce heat and cover, cook 30-40 minutes, stirring every now and then, or until eggplant is soft and cooked through.

3. Divide romaine over four plates; top with 1/4 eggplant mixture, toss well.  Top with 1 tbsp pine nuts and sprinkle of fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 127.5
Total Fat 6.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Cholesterol 0.6 mg
Sodium 385.1 mg
Potassium 291.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 12.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Sugars 5.5 g
Protein 2.9 g

Vitamin A 33.2 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
Vitamin C 28.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.1 %
Calcium 4.3 %
Copper 8.4 %
Folate 21.4 %
Iron 10.2 %
Magnesium 7.5 %
Manganese 59.5 %
Niacin 3.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.5 %
Phosphorus 8.8 %
Riboflavin 5.1 %
Selenium 0.6 %
Thiamin 7.0 %
Zinc 5.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

May 242012
 
Welcome back to Wine Down Wednesday where I review a vegan dish paired with two different wines selected by my friend Gregg at Broadbent Selections.

Vegan Version of Bon Appetit’s Potato Kale Cakes
To pair wines with a meatless dish we must look at the spices and main flavors of the recipe.
In this dish we have garlic, thyme and nutmeg.
The wines are Secateurs Rose, South Africa, 2011 (SO excited about this one) and Caballero De La Cepa Malbec, Argentina, 2010. 
Secateurs Rose, South Africa, 2011
Secateurs Rose
Caballero De La Cepa Reserva Malbec
This wine, in 1947, was the first to label wine by a specific varietal.Gregg’s suggestion for Malbec was to first taste, then decant the wine and funnel back into the bottle two to three times, then taste again.

Here is the rating info.

Categories

Category #1 – How well my dish turned out.
Category #2 – How well I like the wine.
Category #3 – Pairing notes – How well this wine pairs with the dish.

Rating Scale

Bleck -This wine is pretty bad.
Ho Hum- I could drink it if I was at a football game and there was nothing else in the cooler.
Nice -Good table wine. I would keep this in the wine cooler if it was a good value.
Yum – This is good, I would pay a fair bit more and have it for a special occasion.
Damn that’s Good – Self explanatory.
** We will use the same terminology for how the dish turned out and how well it paired.

Category #1 The Dish

Rating of Yum
The dish was delicious with its caramelized potatoes and wilted kale, but somewhere I went a bit wrong and they didn’t hold together.  Next time I might add a bit of breadcrumb or some Mila to get it to stick together.  They made a perfect light dinner with some fresh corn from the farm.
Category #2 The Wines

Caballero De La Cepa Reserva Malbec Rating of YUM and once decanted a Damn That’s Good
I was glad that Gregg gave me the recommendation to decant this wine and funnel it back into the bottle about three times. Technically I broke my decanter so I had to aerate with two glasses for each glass of wine I wanted to drink; however it was well worth it. On initial taste I noticed spice and cocoa and it had a medium body; the color a deep burgundy/purple. After “decanting” the wine really opened up-more body, smoother and a bit of fruit. I wrote “WOW!”

Secateurs Rose Rating of Damn That’s Good
Maybe I’m partial because I got a chance to meet Adi, the Winemaker of this South African wine, but this rose was DAMN good. I’m also partial to roses lately and I’ve decided it’s my new favorite. I loved the color of this one and wrote “JUICY!” as my first note and then rosy and fruity. Though you may see the pink color, this actually a dry blend of Cinsault, Shiraz and Grenache. Gregg (my friend from Broadbent Selections that is supplying the wines for each recipe), if you read this….I definitely want to order this again!

Category #3 The Pairing

Paring with Malbec Rating of YUM
With a bite of the kale cake and a sip of wine the taste of nutmeg exploded – the spicy Malbec was a great choice.
Paring with Secateurs Rose Rating of Damn That’s Good
This light and fresh wine is perfect with these vegan veggie cakes. The outside of the cakes becomes a bit caramelized and is lovely with the chilled rose.  Damn that’s good.  Oh wait, I already said that.

Where to buy
All the wines will be for sale locally at the Grotto in San Marco. You can contact Mitch Woodlief, grottomitch@aol.com with questions and pricing and anyone outside the Greater Jacksonville area can contact E-MAIL: mailto:info@broadbent.com PHONE PHONE: US +1 415-931-1725.

Potato Kale Cakes

Inspired by Bon Appetit
Makes 12 Cakes
Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds unpeeled potatoes, scrubbed, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used a variety of KYV Farm potatoes)
1/4 cup plain non dairy creamer – I used silk soy creamer
2 Tbsp Earth Balance
1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 1/2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 pound kale, center rib and stem cut from each leaf, leaves coarsely chopped
1 tsp dried thyme or 1 Tbsp fresh chopped fresh thyme
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Optional
Garlic Sun Dried Tomato spread such as Joy’s Gourmet brand (vegan).

Joy’s Gourmet
Directions
1. Heat large pot of water to a boil, add salt and cook potatoes until softened, about 25 minutes.  Add non dairy creamer, Earth Balance, salt and pepper; mash potatoes (with skins) and set aside 3 cups to cool, reserving remaining potatoes for another use. This step can be done in advance.
2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion and garlic and cook about five minutes, until translucent; add kale and sautéan additional 5 minutes.  Let cool and add to bowl with potatoes; sprinkle thyme and nutmeg.  In about 1/4 cup scoops, shape firmly into patties.  Heat 2 1/2 Tbsp oil in skillet over medium high heat and add potato kale cakes, about 4 at a time, to pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts
12 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 96.8
Total Fat 6.2 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 127.3 mg
Potassium 224.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Protein 1.3 g

Vitamin A 51.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 8.1 %
Vitamin C 27.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.4 %
Calcium 2.2 %
Copper 4.0 %
Folate 2.8 %
Iron 2.9 %
Magnesium 3.4 %
Manganese 8.3 %
Niacin 2.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 3.2 %
Riboflavin 1.7 %
Selenium 0.7 %
Thiamin 3.1 %
Zinc 1.3 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jan 092012
 
By Sunday I still couldn’t see into my fridge with all the veggies waiting to be eaten, so something had to be done before my hubby went into a fridge cleaning spree. 

I had a gorgeous bunch of collards, beet greens that had been washed and prepped and a bunch of fresh spinach.  Being short on time as usual, I needed something super quick and easy.  I searched around the web and so many of the green recipes call for ham or turkey that it was tough to find many options.  I finally settled back on my usual sautéed greens but with some inspiration from Epicurious, I added the fire roasted tomatoes as well-I loved the tanginess they added.  The addition of the white beans turned it into a complete meal. 

I actually hadn’t planned on posting this one, but it came out so well that I resorted to a photo of the leftovers on my phone. Delish!

Collard, Beet Green and Fresh Spinach Sauté with White Beans
Inspired by Epicurious
Serves about 4
Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

1 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning (with salt)
1 14 1/2-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes in juice
1 141/2-ounce can vegetable broth
8 cups coarsely chopped assorted greens (I used collard, beet greens and spinach)
1 15-ounce can great northern, drained (or beans of choice)


Directions

  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 6 minutes. Lower heat, add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice, Cajun seasoning and paprika, stir to combine and cook 2 minutes.
  2. Add broth and greens; bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until greens are wilted and tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Gently stir in beans and simmer 1 minute to heat through.   
Nutrition Facts
4 Servings

Amount Per Serving


Calories 236.2
Total Fat 4.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 1,354.6 mg
Potassium 668.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 40.0 g
Dietary Fiber 9.4 g
Sugars 6.5 g
Protein 10.9 g

Vitamin A 121.8 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 14.4 %
Vitamin C 83.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 10.4 %
Calcium 21.2 %
Copper 14.9 %
Folate 48.5 %
Iron 25.3 %
Magnesium 16.0 %
Manganese 41.1 %
Niacin 4.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 4.4 %
Phosphorus 11.8 %
Riboflavin 8.9 %
Selenium 4.5 %
Thiamin 10.7 %
Zinc 9.1 %


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.