Chilean Salsa Mariscal wine pairing recipe

A specialty of small Chilean coastal villages, Mariscal is a raw salsa that can take many different forms. It’s perfect as a simple topping on a fresh oyster or turned into a vibrant sauce punctuated by fresh parsley and cilantro.

Chilean Salsa Mariscal

chilean-salsaINGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 cup Olive Oil
• 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
• 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
• 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
• 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
• 1 scallion, finely chopped
• juice of 1 lemon
• kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and toss to combine well. Allow the salsa to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, so the flavors can combine. Spoon over raw oysters and clams or toss with your favorite cooked seafood like shrimp, scallops, or mussels.

CHL_ChardonnaySilky_StickerChilcas
Single Vineyard
Chardonnay
Casablanca, Chile

Chilcas aims to produce wines that match perfectly with food, elegant wines that express the grape variety complemented with oak, where the fruit is always the star.  Fruit is mostly hand-harvested, with some machine harvesting to ensure that grapes are picked at optimal ripeness. The Chardonnay grapes for this wine come from ten-year-old vines on Chilcas’ estate La Esperanza and Rio Bonito vineyards. Here, in the Central Valley, the Mediterranean climate and maritime influence, combined with a significant day-night temperature variation, provide excellent conditions for growing aromatic varieties such as Chardonnay.

Camilo-winemaker“The 2014 Chilcas Single Vineyard Chardonnay displays a light greenish-yellow color with golden hues. Very intense on the nose, this wine unveils elegant characters of stone and tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, kiwi and peach. The palate is balanced with a lovely harmony among fruit notes, freshness and integrated sweetness,” Camilo Viani, winemaker.

Winemaker: Camilo Viani
Appellation: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume

Stuffed Tomatoes Pairing Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
• 4 ripe beefsteak tomatoes (or zucchini, red peppers, potatoes)
•  1 pound ground beef
•  1/2 cup bread crumbs
•  1 yellow onion
•  1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
•  1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
•  1/4 cup olive oil
•  1/3 cup Gruyere
•  Sea salt
•  Pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Cut the tops off of each tomato and reserve the top. It will become a little hat, or as the French say, le chapeau.  Using a spoon, remove the seeds and scoop out the innards being careful not to pierce through the tomato flesh. Sprinkle tomatoes with sea salt and turn them upside down so that the excess water drains out.
With the exception of the olive oil, mix together all the other ingredients by hand until combined.  Place the stuffing in each tomato, sprinkle with Gruyere, and cover with the cut tomato top. Drizzle a little extra olive oil on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.   Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, then allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve with a side dish of rice or mushroom risotto.  Recipe compliments of Château Rouchereau.

Rocher-LideyreChateau Lideyre
Cotes de Castillon
Bordeaux, France

Merlot is the main grape variety in the hillside vineyards located next to the Saint-Emilion appellation. This is blended with the other great Bordeaux grape variety, Cabernet Franc.  Philippe Bardet comes from a long line of wine growers and has been applying an environmentally-friendly approach with just the right technological balance in his vineyards for over fifteen years.  Bardet is always among the last to pick his grapes, which are entirely hand-sorted. Automated temperature fermentation control systems make it possible to keep the wines on the skins for a long time while maintaining perfect control of extraction.  Depending on the wine’s age, it goes perfectly well with grilled meats, duck and lamb chops, as well as roast chicken and medium-strong cheeses.

winemaker-eric-marin“Intense garnet-red color with crimson highlights and a full-bodied, subtle bouquet featuring berry fruit, very ripe black currants and violets.  The  after taste follows through with aromas of toast and spice.” – Eric Marin, winemaker

Winemaker: Eric Marin
Appellation: Cotes de Castillon Controlee, France
Varietal Blend:  87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc
Analysis: 13.6% alc/vol
Aging: 75% American Oak, 25% French Oak, aged 14 month