Paired Up

Femme Fatale

I got an offer I just couldn’t refuse last week, and of course it comes on the heels of me being all righteous about how I rarely accept free stuff for the blog. But it’s no secret that we’ve long been fans of Oriel wines, and they’ve been difficult to find since we moved here, so when the fine folks at Oriel asked if I’d like to receive some of the 2006 vintage of their Femme Fatale Rosé, I had to take them up on it.

Femmes Fatales

I was surprised and delighted when I arrived home on Wednesday to not one but two bottles, and as I hoped it would, the first bottle paired beautifully with the eggplant dish I’m testing to submit to a food52 contest.

Dinner:  September 3, 2009

I had a lot of fun planning a meal to pair with the second bottle for Thursday night, and ended up going with the sort of simple, unfussy fare that makes for a perfect patio dinner this time of year – a salad of fresh sweet corn from Confreda Farm, tossed with chopped tomatoes, slivers of fresh hot green chiles and a sassy lime dressing, all crowned with slices of seared fresh tuna. Mike and I both loved how the wine played with the sweet corn and the spicy chiles, and it was a perfect match for the rich, silky tuna.

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7 thoughts on “Paired Up

  1. Beautifully seared tuna. What a light and refreshing way to enjoy dinner on a summer night.

    BTW – I stacked 3 slices of provolone the other day, fried it and stuck it between a toasted ciabatta. Genius. Thanks for the idea :)

  2. Jennifer Hess says:

    Thanks, all!

    emily – food52 is a very cool site where participants can upload recipes and submit them to themed challenges. There are two themed challenges per week for 52 weeks, and after the submission deadline the editors (the wonderful Merrill Stubbs and Amanda Hesser) select a pair of finalists. There is a voting period, and the winning recipes go into a cookbook. That’s my pretty simplistic explanation, but you can read more about it here: http://www.food52.com/blog/about_food52

    The site is still in beta but it launches next week, on September 15th. Definitely check it out!

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