Monday, June 25, 2012

Paella, Rose and Not So Summer Weather

So here I am, technically starting summer, however the Pacific Northwest weather constantly reminds me that our summers don't start until July.  Not to be deterred by the downpour outside, I set up my lawn chairs and tables in my garage, busted out the paella pan, and opened up some of my favorite Roses.

Paella is not a complicated dish. There are many different variations each consisting of rice, meat or seafood, vegetables and commonly chorizo.

The paella of choice this evening included chicken thighs, red wine, red cabbage, carrots, peas and chorizo.  So yummy and an excellent way to serve a group of people.

While the paella was cooking we indulged in a tasting of a variety of Roses with tapas. I included some of my favorites and some new ones I had picked up as well.  You all know I have mad love for Dusted Valley Ramblin Rose, so that was definitely in the line up.  I was especially impressed with the Rulo Rose.  At 55% Mourvedre/45% Syrah, this wine brings a lot to the party.  Major strawberry with a dusty floral quality that was quite lovely. The Waters Rose consists of 65% Syrah/35% Viognier from the famed Forgotten Hills vineyard.  Patterned after a French Provence Rose, this one just sang "summer"! Crisp and clean, a perfect deck sipper.

Don't let the bummer summer weather get you down.  It is what you make it. So, make it awesome!

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