Dinner Break

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After a busy week, I’m preparing for a holiday break. And, since the temperatures dropped here, I’m in the mood for deep, rich foods.

My boy is a little under the weather at the moment. He’s a chef, so I’m normally quite culinarily spoiled. But last night, it was on me to cook because he just wasn’t up to it.

Simplicity is my forte, at least when it comes to food. Of course I love dishes that take days to prepare, but an evening’s simmer is good enough for me. So, the burning question was: what can I make to pair with the wine I want to drink?

You already know what I wore yesterday, so that set the stage for my aromatic sensibilities. I wanted a deep, dark, smoky wine. A grenache-syrah blend from southern France fit the bill.

I love grenache. I can’t stress that enough. It’s one of my favorite grapes. Whether it’s from Languedoc-Roussillion or Priorat, grenache always woos me. Blend in a little syrah, mourvedre, or counoise and I’m done.

I opened a bottle Orin Swift’s Locations “F” wine. Grenache, syrah… these are a few of my favorite things. Deep fruit, earthy texture, smokiness. Perfect. It tasted like blackberry, coffee, tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate all rolled in to one. What’s not to love there?

Dinner ended up being a simple pasta dish with a black olive, pine nut, and mushroom sauce. The house smelled divine. Sadly, the boy was too ill to join in, so I cued up a film and settled in, listening to the cold wind whip outside.

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