Thanksgiving is such a great holiday for so many reasons – family and friends come together to share thanks while indulging in tasty food paired with delicious wines. Everyone has a signature turkey, mashed potato, and stuffing recipe – these are the traditional foods that we love about the holiday. But we love to mix up the side dishes! We want you to be prepared, so we are sharing a few of our choice side dishes, paired with our favorite Carr wines.
This 2015 Carr Cabernet Franc from Rossi Vineyard is a Carr first! This single vineyard Cab Franc is grown in Happy Canyon. The hot days in this region make for the best growing conditions for Cabernet Franc in the area. This wine is extremely dynamic, beginning with jalapeño and leading into spicy dark chocolate. The red and yellow peppers in this recipe neatly balance out the full, darker flavors of the wine.
Have you tried the 2014 Carr Cabernet Franc Reserve yet? If not, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle, ASAP. Made from the best four barrels of the 2014 vintage, this wine is bursting with flavors of jalapeño, poblano, and white pepper. We’ve paired it with the quick yet tasty recipe so you can get through cooking and straight to drinking!
Single-pot recipes are everywhere, and it makes sense – one pot means so much less clean up. And by cooking all the same ingredients in one dish, you create even more flavor from each ingredient than you would have if they were all cooked separately. Who doesn’t like more flavor? That’s why this single-pot, chili-braised beef works so well with a glass of 2013 Carr Cabernet Franc Reserve. Bursting with great cedar and nutmeg flavors, this wine is gentle yet mature enough to contest the lively flavors of this plate.
Cabernet Franc is a Carr classic. Full bodied, yet smooth. Herbal, yet fruit forward. Elegant, yet sassy. Grab a bottle of the newest 2014 Carr Cabernet Franc and see for yourself! This vintage is bursting with aromas of fresh cut poblano pepper, flavors of black cherry and cracked white pepper, and finishes with lengthy, herbal hints. This is a wine like no other.
Two of my favorite local fare are Santa Barbara County wine, and Santa Maria style tri-tip. Tri-tip is said to have originated in the Central Coast, and Santa Maria has now become the home of this kind of barbecue. And Santa Barbara County is home to some of the finest wines in California. Our new 2013 CrossHatch “Depth” is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that has just the right intensity to balance out the smokey and spicy flavors of tri-tip.