Cook and @DrinkChile

I’ve been cooking! Nothing fancy, just a few easy-to-make dishes to pair along with some recent wine samples I received from Montes Wines (@MontesWines/MontesWines).

Currently, there’s a great selection of Wines of Chile (@DrinkChile/DrinkChile) on the market (at a fantastic value), giving a whole new meaning to everyday wine sipping, and making food pairing simple with home-cooked meals.

My three favorite reasons to “Drink Chile”:

1. Montes Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015

On the nose, this lovely wine captures essence of orange blossoms along with lemon, lime, and peach. On the palate, citrus crisp with a slight mineral touch on the finish. I paired it with a lemon-pepper Cornish Hen, lemon rice, and steamed marinated artichokes.


alpha-carmenere2. Montes Alpha Carmenere 2013

I love the spicy, plummy, chocolaty, and blueberry character of Carmenere — it pairs so well with spicy dishes! I prepared a Meat Free Monday meal (#MeatFreeMonday) with a simple marinara sauce enhanced with an ample amount of peperoncino (hot red chili pepper), lots of sautéed organic white mushrooms, and extra Pecorino Romano cheese on spaghetti.



3. Montes Alpha Syrah 2013

Grilled lamb chops, spaghetti squash, and a cucumber village salad never tasted so good. I MUST say the Syrah had a great deal to do with that. Some wine experts say the healthiest and best-tasting wines are “dry farmed,” a concept of letting nature provide the only water source from rain, increasing the quality of wine with more ripe fruit!