Looking for a weeknight dinner that will satisfy your hunger yet is light enough to enjoy on a warm Summer night? This recipe for Grilled Cantaloupe with Prosciutto and Burrata definitely fits the bill! Ripe slices of sweet melon are wrapped in deliciously salty prosciutto and when they hit the grill – magic happens! Because this is a Fast &... Read More
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Looking for a weeknight dinner that will satisfy your hunger yet is light enough to enjoy on a warm Summer night? This recipe for Grilled Cantaloupe with Prosciutto and Burrata definitely fits the bill! Ripe slices of sweet melon are wrapped in deliciously salty prosciutto and when they hit the grill – magic happens! Because this is a Fast & Fabulous recipe it only takes a minimum amount of time to prepare – hungry yet?
While Summer is prime time for grilling outdoors there aren’t many of us who relish the thought of waiting for food to cook over an open flame in 100 degree heat. That’s why God (or was it Williams-Sonoma?) invented the grill pan! I love mine and it certainly makes weeknight grilling a feasible prospect. The grill pan also has the advantage of being non-stick so all that glorious char wipes off easily with soap and water and only a minimum of elbow grease.
Since this recipe only calls for a few ingredients, make sure they are of good quality. For instance, when selecting your cantaloupe, make sure it is ripe and ready to go. The melon should feel heavy in your hand and when sniffed, should smell like ripe melon. For the prosciutto, Prosciutto di Parma is a wonderful choice but other types of cured meat will work too. You need to make sure the meat is cut so it can wrap around the melon slices, Serrano ham would make a nice alternative. The Burrata cheese is the pièce de résistance of this dish. Burrata, which means “buttered” in Italian, is a fresh Italian cheese made from cream and mozzarella and if you haven’t tried it yet, it is definitely worth seeking out! Nowadays it can usually be found at your local grocery store in the specialty cheese section. On the outside the cheese looks like a beautiful, glistening ball of fresh mozzarella but when you cut into it, it is filled with curds and fresh cream – sheer deliciousness! Garnish the dish with Maldon sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and a good quality olive oil and you are all set.
If you’re looking for something to sip with this Fast & Fabulous dish a rosé would be heavenly! A fruity, dry rose like the Copain Tous Ensemble Rosé ($22) from California’s Anderson Valley would be a wonderful choice. In addition to its lovely notes of red berries it also has a delightfully food-friendly acidity which will further enhance your enjoyment of this Summer-inspired dish.
Grilled Cantaloupe with Prosciutto & Burrata
1 large ripe cantaloupe
1/2 lb thinly sliced prosciutto
4 balls of fresh burrata cheese
Maldon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Good olive oil
Preheat an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill over med-high heat.
Slice the cantaloupe in half lengthwise and using a spoon, remove the pulp and seeds from the center of each half. Remove the rind from each half of the melon and slice it into 1/2 inch thick wedges. Wrap each slice of melon with a generous piece of prosciutto. Once the pieces are wrapped, brush the grates of the grill with olive oil and lay the slices down on the grates and cook in batches for approximately 1 minute per side or to desired doneness.
Plate the grilled melon slices with the burrata cheese. Season with Maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper the drizzle generously with the olive oil and serve!
Easter is fast approaching and with it my desire for light, refreshing wines that pair beautifully with the flavors of Spring. Here are some recommendations for wines that will pair perfectly with your Easter meal, from the rack of lamb to the Honey Baked Ham! These wines are moderate in regard to alcohol and tannin with a nice balance of fruit and will appeal to a variety of palates. This week only, enter the code “EASTER“at checkout (or mention it to us for phone orders) to receive $10 off your order of $100 or more.
Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rosé, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, NV ($16): Italian winemakers Franco De Biasio and Michele Faccin crafted this lightly sparkling wine from a blend of 85% Lambrusco Grasparossa and 15% Pinot Nero (aka Pinot Noir). Secondary fermentation (how the wine gets its bubbles) took place using the Charmat method resulting in a lightly sparkling wine with an inviting pale pink color. The nose has fragrant aromatics of red berries while on the palate flavors of raspberry, strawberry and citrus accompany a delightfully dry finish. This wine is an excellent aperitif and also pairs well with a variety of cuisines.
Seven Hills Dry Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013 ($16): 2013 is the first vintage of this delightful, dry rosé from Seven Hills winemaker Casey McLellan. It is based on specific vineyard blocks of Bordeaux varietals which are farmed specifically for this wine crafted in the style of classic French Provencal rosés. It is delicate and refreshing, pale in color, and bone-dry with flavors of peach, grapefruit, and papaya as well as fresh herbs, white flowers, and a hint of spice. Because it is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 15% Malbec it has lovely structure and presence as well – I like to call this wine the red wine drinker’s rosé!
“the girls in the vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2013 ($15): These grapes hail from the Rooster Vineyard in Lake County located one hour north of the Napa Valley. The grapes grow on the gravelly soils of an ancient riverbed which sits 1,350 feet above sea level and experiences gloriously warm days, followed by pleasantly cool nights. On the nose, aromas of peach and citrus set your tastebuds humming while on the palate, crisp, fresh notes of lemon zest, ripe peach and pear finish with a hint of lemongrass. This wine is fermented entirely in stainless steel to preserve its crisp, fresh fruit flavors and makes for a very versatile partner at the table.
Feudo Maccari Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy, 2011 ($17): Just over a mile from the sea on the southern tip of Sicily, Feudo Maccari was established in 2000. The estate is assembled from more than fifty separate plots of land, which translates to more complexity in their portfolio of wines. This wine is made from 100% Nero d’Avola grapes fermented in stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruit aromas and flavors. It has a deep purple color and exhibits inviting aromas of red fruit and spice. The palate rewards with savory flavors of black cherry, licorice and a hint of tobacco framed by just the right amount of acid and tannin.
Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvée Terroir, Loire, France, 2011 ($24): Hailing from the heart of France’s Loire Valley, this “cuvée” is crafted from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes from the thirty year old vines of Beaumont-en-Véron. The sandy and alluvial vineyard soils offer fruity and supple wines meant to be consumed in their youth. This medium-bodied red is perfect for Spring with fragrant aromatics of red and black fruit and flavors of cherry, damson plum and pomegranate. As is characteristic of the red wines of this region, it also has a bright, food-friendly acidity that will make a delicious accompaniment for your savory Easter lamb.
Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, CA, 2010 ($26): Crafted by winemaker Wells Guthrie, this wine is an embodiment of the earthy, sweet beet root undertones that are indicative of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Guthrie takes his inspiration for Pinot Noir from the great wines of Burgundy and aims to create wines of elegance and balance. This medium-bodied wine has vibrant dark red fruit on the nose and palate and delivers pure, focused flavors with a great lift on the finish from the acidity. The 2010 vintage resulted in wines which are incredibly elegant and offer great tension and balance.
All of our Easter selections are available through The Wine Atelier (click here to view these wines in our wine boutique) and, as always, we offer 3 convenient ways to receive your wines, (1) pickup at our location at 900 E. Atlantic Avenue Suite #13, Delray Beach, FL 33483 (by appointment); (2) local delivery in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach area for orders $250 and (3) shipping via UPS. Please call us at 561.317.6663 with any questions and have a very Happy Easter!
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What’s missing from this idyllic Summer soirée? A bottle of crisp, refreshing rosé wine of course! If your Summer celebration is minus the most important accessory of the season, The Glamorous Gourmet is here to help. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy these wines which are refreshing, flavorful and extremely food friendly. Here are four wines that will definitely have you thinking pink this Summer.
But first, a word about rosé. While rosé is considered de rigueur in the tony Summer destinations such as The Hamptons and Saint-Tropez, many wine lovers in the US are reluctant to embrace “pink wines” and are missing out on some of the season’s most stylish vinous offerings! Here’s the skinny on how to tell the good pink stuff from the uh…not so good. Provence has long been considered the birthplace of rosé and is largely the benchmark by which rosé is measured. Provençal rosés are classically light pink in color and dry in style with a refreshing, food friendly acidity. These wines differ dramatically from White Zinfandel and “blush” wines which are mass produced and loaded with sugar, resembling fruit punch more than any wine I can think of. In order to avoid contact with the latter when purchasing or ordering wine in a restaurant specify you’d like a “dry, Provençal-style rosé” which are available at a variety of price points. With so many great values out there – why settle for less?
One of my favorite producers of rosés is Chateau D’Esclans, whose wines hail from the Cotes de Provence AOC in France. This estate produces four different types of rosé which are each very different in character; for more detail on all of Chateau d’Esclans’s four offerings, please click here. One of my favorites of the four to enjoy during the Summer (it’s very hard to chose just one!) is the 2011 Chateau D’Esclans Côtes de Provence Rosé,$30, which most closely represents a classic rosé from this region. This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Rolle from 30-80 year old vines that is partly vinified in stainless steel as well as demi muids which gives the wine its complexity and structure. This rosé is a beautiful, light pink color with aromas of red berries and spice while on the palate, the delightfully creamy mouthfeel is accompanied by flavors of strawberry, cherry and white pepper. Ah, Summer in a glass!
Due north of Provence, high up in the hills near Gigondas in France’s Rhône Valley, is a relatively new wine producer called Chêne Bleu. Named for the estate’s giant blue oak tree, the estate was purchased in 1992 by Xavier Rolet who, together with his wife Nicole, sister Benedicte Gallucci and bother-in-law Jean Louis Gallucci spent the last 10 years renovating a medieval property and restructuring 400 year old vineyards, located at 1,700 feet elevation, to create a state of the art, boutique winery that is definitely a family affair. After 15 years of renovations, 2006 marked the first vintage from the estate, with only a few wines produced from the classic Rhone grape varieties – lucky for us, rosé was one of them! The 2012 Chêne Bleu Rosé, $25, is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault with aromas of strawberry, rhubarb and a hint of lavender. On the palate, fresh red berries and a hit of citrus accompany a refreshing acidity and mild tannins.
Now, how about a delicious rosé from the USA? The 2012 Copain Tous Ensemble Rosé, $22, is made from 100% Pinot Noir from the Anderson Valley in Medocino County, California. The Anderson Valley is becoming more widely recognized for producing quality wines crafted from the Pinot Noir grape and why should rosé be any exception? Copain’s winemaker, Wells Guthrie, has long been enamored of French wines, particularly those from the Rhone Valley. After living there for a time and learning from some of the best he now creates a beautiful portfolio of wines firmly rooted in California yet with a distinct European influence. The Copain Tous Ensemble Rosé has a beautiful salmon pink color and enticing aromas of red berries, spice and a touch of minerality. On the palate, notes of strawberry, cherry and citrus zest are accompanied by a lovely, refreshing acidity and dry finish.
Hailing from California’s Central Coast is the delightful 2012 Cline Cellars Mourvèdre Rosé, $12. Mourvèdre is a relatively rare grape in California and Cline makes four different styles of wine from it, including this lovely rosé. The grapes come from Cline’s historic Oakley ranch in Contra Costa County where the century-old vines grow in the deep sandy soil and the cool winds blow off the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers allowing the grapes to retain their bright acidity. This wine is made as a Blanc de Noir or “white of a red grape,” in the style of a white wine. The skins are removed by pressing before fermentation begins and the wine extracts a small amount of color, and a little of the tannin, from the red grape skins. On the nose, aromas of pomegranate and cherry are balanced by a delicate hint of sweet anise while on the palate, flavors of raspberry, cherry and vanilla notes are very appealing.
While rosé is perfect for sipping on its own on a hot Summer day, these wines are also incredibly food friendly. They pair well with a variety of cuisine especially grilled or smoked salmon, charcuterie or even dishes such as roasted chicken. A classic French dish that pairs particularly well with rosé is Pan Bagna, a sandwich that consists of tuna, Kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes and hard boiled eggs to name just a few ingredients. It’s much like a Salade Niçoise just served as a sandwich, please click here for the delicious recipe.
I hope you have a chance to enjoy these wines during your Summer adventures. To purchase any of the above rosés, please visit The Wine Atelier by clicking here.