Why do we save that special bottle of wine? What are we saving it for? That topic has been coming up a lot lately in our house, and we’ve decided…special is NOW! Life holds so many twists and turns, why not savor each moment.
So, we’ve been on a quest as of late to cook special meals and pair special wines to go with. Tonight, I prepared an incredible ‘Chicken Cacciatora’ dish from an amazing cookbook—The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.
The keys to this dish – preparing the chicken the night before with a garlic, rosemary and salt rub and sautéing it very slowly in a solid cast iron pan.
Once those elements were taken care of, it came together very quickly with the red peppers, onion and white wine.
We paired the dish with a Brunello we first enjoyed in Carmel about 5 years ago, a 2002 La Fiorita Brunello. It was spectacular – tons of vanilla and spice – and the rosemary in the wine literally leaped out of the glass with the chicken dish.
So, what wine are you saving? What are you saving it for? The time is now!
I have to pay respect to my new Blue Star gas cooktop – the BTU’s are amazing. It has changed my cooking world! Thank you Denise at Homewerks!