Organic Wine Pairings
Blanquette de Veau
Pairing: 2009 Patianna Chardonnay
This peach-inflected Chardonnay is from California's Anderson Valley. The winery farms all of its vineyards organically, with resident chickens taking care of any pests among the vine rows.
Seaweed-Dusted Pork Chops with Quick-Pickled Carrots
Pairing: 2010 Cowhorn Vineyard Spiral 36
Cowhorn concentrates on Rhône variety grapes, an unusual choice for an Oregon winery. Its substantial white blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne gets a spicy lift from several months of aging in French oak barrels.
Butter-Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Mint
Pairing: 2008 Querciabella Chianti Classico
Querciabella's vineyards in Tuscany have been organic since 1988.
White Anchovy and Crisp Pita Bread Salad
Pairing: NV Albero Organic Brut Cava
Cava is made in the same manner as its more expensive French cousin, Champagne, but it uses the indigenous Spanish grapes Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada. This appley bottling is crisp and lightly earthy.
Easy Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine
Pairing: 2007 Rubicon
From organically farmed estate vineyards, this Cabernet-based flagship bottling is firm and structured, with sweet black fruit and polished tannins.
Crab Balls with Grapefruit Salad
Pairing: 2010 Pacific Rim Organic Riesling
Lightly sweet, ripe and made with organically farmed grapes, this Washington state white has bright peach notes.
Grilled Carrot Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette
Pairing: 2009 Morgan Highland Chardonnay
Made with organically grown grapes, this is creamy and full-bodied yet vibrant.
White Gazpacho with Pickled Shrimp
Pairing: 2007 Bodegas Carballo Listàn Blanco
Eliseo Carballo's organic white has nutty flavors that recall fino sherry, plus a distinct saltiness that he attributes to the vines's proximity to the ocean.