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Sophie’s Picks!

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Sophie takes the wheel on the blog today. Joining us as our Special Orders Manager last fall, Sophie comes to UG by way of great Boston restaurants like Ribelle and Grille 23. Given her restaurant background, Sophie is a pro at recommending food and wine pairings. Here she shares one of her favorite recipes, with two possible wine pairings! 

I am firm believer that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. I love to cook and one of my favorite recipes is Ina Garten’s Engagement Chicken. The theory is that whomever you cook this chicken for is going to love it so much they propose. I didn’t hold too much stock in the proposal theory but it sure looked tasty. The first time I made it was for my supper club and it was a hit. At the end of the night, everyone left with the recipe. I pulled the recipe out again the first time I ever cooked for my then boyfriend, my now husband. Whether or not I can give this recipe credit for my marriage, I may never know, but I can say that it was delicious and it was a special meal for both of us.

The other great thing about this dish is that it pairs well with everything, and in my house we are divided on wine preferences. I would drink this with an elegant and powerful Barbaresco. For my husband a rich and stunningly opulent yet dry Alsatian Riesling would satisfy perfectly.

2011 Castello di Verduno, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy $50.00
This is a special winery, the daughter of the family had married into another wine family and as a result, they were grandfathered into the ability to label wines from both Barolo and Barbaresco. There is a blend on two single vineyards (one of which is the incredible ‘Rabaja’ Vineyard) that lends itself to this incredibly balanced Barbaresco with sweet fruit and tannin throughout.

2011 Domaine Agape ‘Rosacker’ Grand Cru Riesling, Alsace, France $45.00
Alsace is a special place, it is in northeastern France on the border of Germany, and depending on which war is being discussed, has also been a part of Germany at times. It resides in a rainshadow, which means the other side of the hill gets much more rain, and it gets more sunshine – allowing a more complete ripeness of the grapes and ultimately, a slighter higher alcohol, drier in style than its German neighbor. This Riesling is beautiful, nervy with richness, lime zest and minerality, it is gorgeously balanced and will sing with the chicken.

Want to have these wines delivered to your house? Email Sophie today to arrange for a special order or delivery!