I'm so pleased to see that Spring
has finally sprung, if for no other reason than it means one of my favourite foods
is back in season; asparagus
. According to British Asparagus
, today is the 'official' start of the asparagus season
so I felt it would be rude to let it go unrecognised. It has been said that these nutrient-packed little spears are difficult to match wine to, but here's a recipe that I'm matching with Domaine Parigot Meursault 2010.
Give it a try yourself and you'll realise it's just not true; the food and wine compliment each other perfectly.
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This fresh, springtime recipe comes courtesy of MyLittleItalianKitchen.com
and you can see the full recipe by following the link.
Asparagus is grown in sandy soils so make sure you rinse it well in clean water to remove any gritty bits before preparing.
The flavours in the risotto are, obviously, asparagus, herbs and the subtleties of the stock and the wine. It is a light, fresh dish but with a lovely rich texture thanks to the starchy risotto rice, butter and cheese. Add cheese to taste; I like lots so my version had quite a piquancy to it. All these things considered give us a meal that has different textures and flavours, all in the same mouthful, and don't forget the crunch of the star ingredient. The wine, therefore, is in a similar vein.
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Domaine Parigot Meursault 'Les Vireuils Dessous' 2010 is made from the Chardonnay
grape and a proportion has been fermented and matured in French oak barrels
. This means it keeps its fresh, citrus and apple notes
but it also has a smooth, rich, creamy quality
that ticks all the boxes to match with the risotto dish. It will balance and compliment but is not too heavy so won't overpower the delicate flavours in the dish.
Domaine Parigot Meursault 2010 is available exclusively at the Perfect Cellar online and at our retail space as part of the Clerkenwell Collection.
Try the recipe and wine together for yourself and let us know your thoughts.