Broccoli and Barley Smoked Paprika Salad

broccoli-barley-saladINGREDIENTS:
•  1 cup pearled barley, rinsed
•  3/4 pound broccoli, cut into florets (1 large crown)
•  1/4 cup olive oil
•  3 large cloves garlic, chopped
• 1/2 cup whole raw almonds, chopped
•  1 teaspoon smoked paprika
•  3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
•  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
•  2 big handful baby arugula
•  3/4 cup cubed manchego cheese (6 ounces)

DIRECTIONS:
Add barley to boiling salted water and cook until tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Add the broccoli the last 3 minutes of cooking and cook until tender yet still slightly crisp. Drain both in a colander in the sink and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well then add to a large mixing bowl.

Add olive oil to a medium skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the garlic and almonds and stir until the garlic and almonds are fragrant, about 1 minute. Turn off heat, sprinkle in the smoked paprika, season with salt and pepper, and stir for 30 more seconds. The residual heat will toast the paprika.

Carefully stir in the vinegar. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and barley and toss well all together. Finally add in the arugula and the cheese, taste for seasoning, and adjust as necessary.    Recipe compliments of Bodega Calle

mellowAlberti_TempranilloBodega Calle
Alberti 154 El Olvidado
Reserva Tempranillo

Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Calle is a boutique winery built in 1925 and restored in 2001.  Located in the prestigious wine region of Luján de Cuyo, the winery produces high quality wines in a sustainable way.  Roughly half of Mendoza’s population is of Spanish descent, and over the years a number of Tempranillo vines have been planted in the region.  This bottling, from an heirloom quality parral style vineyard in Altamira, is packed with lush cherry and raspberry fruit.  A long growing season, very cold nights and low yields helped create a wine that is extremely concentrated, parral vineyard with 70 year old vines.

Winemaker: Matteo Viana
Appellation: Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina
Varietal Blend:  100% Tempranillo
Analysis: 15.0% alc/vol

Syrah-braised Lamb Shoulder

syrah-braised-lamb-shoulderINGREDIENTS:
•  2 tablespoons ground cumin
•  3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•  Salt and freshly ground pepper
•  One 5-pound boneless lamb shoulder roast, tied
• 1 bottle Alberti El Necio Syrah
• 4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
• 12 thyme sprigs, tied with string

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, mix the cumin with 2 tablespoons of the oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the lamb.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy casserole or Dutch oven. Add the lamb shoulder and brown it well over moderately high heat, about 15 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a large plate. Wipe out the casserole.

Return the lamb to the casserole.  Add the wine, chicken stock and thyme sprigs and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight- fitting lid and transfer the casserole to the oven. Braise the lamb for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, turning the meat occasionally, until tender.Transfer the lamb to a large platter and cover with foil.  Discard the thyme sprigs. Boil the braising liquid until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 40 minutes.

Remove the strings from the roast. Slice the lamb, transfer to plates or a platter and spoon the sauce on top.  Recipe compliments of Bodega Calle

mellowElNecio_SyrahBodega Calle
Alberti 154 El Necio
Reserva Syrah
Mendoza, Argentina

Located in the prestigious wine region of Luján de Cuyo, Bodega Calle produces high quality wines in a sustainable way.   2012 marks their  sixth Syrah vintage.  Access to a superb vineyard in Argrelo allows Bodega Calle to make a small quantity of concentrated, memorable wine via organic farming.  Bright purple in the glass, with roasted aromas of dark cherry, ripe blackberry, bacon fat and vanilla.  Cocoa and licorice notes saturate the palate and wine finishes round and direct.

Winemaker: Matteo Viana
Appellation: Alto Agrelo, Argentina
Varietal Blend:  100% Syrah
Analysis: 15.0% alc/volume