Monday Wines-A Spanish Treasure

Tonight’s scramble of a dinner turned into a tasty meal with the help of a delightful wine-The Spanish Quarter has a Chardonnay-Albarino blend that paired really well with my play on Chicken Piccata. Bright and fruity, floral and round, it was a good balance with the dish. 

I had to come up with something quick, since I went to the gym late today.  At 5:45 my original plan for dinner was not going to happen.  Instead, I sautéed some chicken and then deglazed the pan with about a 1/4 cup of wine, 1/2 cup stock, and 2 tbsp of butter.  I cooked it down and then add capers and the juice of a lemon.  I threw the al dente pasta in the pan and dinner was served.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the wine as it was a bargain (50% off) but I was really pleased.  As it was a new blend for me, I wasn’t sure how it would pair with the dish, but it worked really well.  A nice little treat at the end of a Monday. 

 

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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