The rich and velvet-like palate feel of Merlot blends beautifully between the rugged and organic feel of Cabernet Franc in the 2014 CrossHatch “Depth”. Try it with these Moroccan lamb meatballs for a truly spectacular pairing.
Let’s face it. Not everyone drinks beer. And with Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, some of us are “deflated” at the idea of sipping on beer all afternoon while chowing down on chips and dip. Some of us need another option. Fear not, Carr is here to save the day – with wine on tap! We have three tasty options to choose from, Chardonnay, El Guapo, and Il Padrino, and we’ve paired each wine with some of our favorite sliders. Pick up a growler (or three!) and be your Super Bowl party MVP.
I was telling someone the other day that the 2013 CrossHatch “Depth” is so good on its own, that I sometimes drink it as dessert. Which got me thinking – you know what would be better than drinking it for dessert? Drinking it with dessert! And since pumpkin spice everything is all the rage right now, why not keep it seasonal and pair it with this incredible pumpkin cake, smothered in spicy chocolate sauce? And that, my friends, is how this pairing came to be.
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.
Cross hatching is an artistic technique using closely spaced intersecting lines to create shape, shading and definition in a drawing. Pulling inspiration from this technique CrossHatch uses a co-fermentation technique blending both varietals before the fermentation process to create a new dimension and flavor profile to the wine. Our 2012 CrossHatch blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is a great accompaniment to this earthy and flavorful dish.
Il Padrino is Italian for “The Godfather”. This wine is our Super Santa Ynez blend which is a spin on the Super Tuscan wine. The blend is predominantly Sangiovese with a little bit of Merlot and Syrah blended in for a really deep berry and spice flavor. Our minds still go towards the Italian side as far as food pairings go however you could pair this wine with other gamey meats and have just as much enjoyment. We chose to go with a flatbread pizza with italian sausage to really bring out the spice of the wine from the anise in the sausage.