Spanish cuisine with wine pairing

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Game hen with sherry, blood orange, olives & rose fingerling potato $15
I’ve been in the mood to cook a traditional Spanish dish and blood oranges looked really good at the market, so this dish was a nice fit.  This meal should evoke thoughts of coastal Spain where olive groves and orange trees are in abundance.  It’s a happy balance of citrus, salty and sweet and these three food elements are further enhanced by the Vilosell pairing. Celler Tomas Cusine 2006 Vilosell, from the Coster del Segre region of Spain northwest of Barcelona, is a very versatile, food enhancing wine.  It’s got nice acidity, so it balances the citrus in the dish, but it’s not so heavy that it overpowers the hen.  It’s a lovely, rustic food/wine pairing.

Cheers!
Chef Tracey

Posted Sunday, September 20, 2009 at www.portaliswines.com

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