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Grilled Chicken Paired with L’Instant Malbec Rosé

L'Instant Malbec Rosé paired with grilled chickenThe other night I was planning on a quick meal of grilled chicken drumsticks, featuring Stonewall Kitchen Honey Barbecue Sauce and a side of pasta with grilled broccoli. My timing was good for finding a wine pairing for the grilled chicken with BBQ sauce, as I was at Pairings Wine and Food earlier in the day. Ray mentioned they are featuring the Chateau Vincens L’Instant Malbec Rosé in a one-day special this Tuesday, August 5. I suspected the deep colored Rosé would work nicely with our meal, so grabbed a bottle to do a little preview tasting.

I got a fresh taste of watermelon and strawberries on the wine, a refreshing complement to the grilled chicken as well as the pasta, which featured plenty of garlic. This wine is from the Côtes du Lot region of Southwestern France, including the appellation Cahors. We tend to associate Malbec with Argentina, but this area is its original home. The grape is also referred to as Côt Noir there.

I like to make most of my own sauces and dips, but do keep a few things on hand when I need some quick flavor. Stonewall Kitchen offers many such products, and this Honey BBQ sauce is definitely a tasty one. If you happen to be in the Winchester, MA area, you can pick it up at Pairings along with the wine to repeat the pairing for yourself. You can also order Stonewall Kitchen products on their website.

Full disclosure: I’m a long-time loyal Pairings customer–I get most of my wine there.  I’ve just recently started helping them with their social media. I mention the promotion not as part of that work but to help folks that want to find the wine for a good price!

Pesto and Picpoul-de-Pinet

Picpoul de Pinet pairs nicely with pesto.Picpoul might not be one of the best know grapes. However, this white varietal native to the Languedoc area of France is very food friendly. I particularly like the Saint-Peyre Picpoul-de-Pinet. Picpoul is known to go well with seafood, but I’ve come to enjoy the way it works with pesto, too. Sauvignon Blanc is the most common pairing for pesto, but give the Picpoul & pesto combo a try for something new! More on this pairing in this Cooking Chat post. As you an see, this is not a new idea! Blogged about it back in 2010, and still come back to it as shown in the photo below.