Pairing Party Monday: Caprese Skewers

4 Jan

So I told you guys about how we’re kicking off the new year with a new section in connection with Winobee. First we had prosciutto-wrapped pears teamed up with a dry sparkling wine like Brut Ferrari. For this Monday, we’ve got an equally easy and very quick to make appetizer, Caprese skewers. Think of it as a Caprese salad on a stick. only needs 3 main ingredients plus a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper if you so choose. And pair up with them, Ms. Stacy at Winobee has a wine that’s equally Italian:

Caprese Skewers

Ingredients
• 1 package/carton cherry tomatoes
• 1 package mozzarella (try a pre-rolled, pre-sliced package or mozzarella balls)
• Fresh basil leaves
• Good quality extra virgin olive oil
• Balsamic vinegar
• Skewers or toothpicks (depending on how many you’re making)
• Salt and pepper (if desired) 

Directions
Take 1 skewer and slide 1 cherry tomato, 1 slice of mozzarella and 1 basil leaf through. If using skewers, repeat this once or twice, depending on the size of the skewer. If using toothpicks, only 1 set will fit. Repeat with remaining skewers and ingredients until you reach desired amount. Arrange on a platter, drizzle generously with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If desired, sprinkle the salt and pepper lightly over the skewers.
NosherNote: With these caprese skewers, make them ahead of party time and refrigerate. Don’t drizzle the olive oil and balsalmic on them until just before serving.

 

Winobee Says: From the ingredients down to the colors, everything about Caprese belts “Italian.” So why not try pairing this cultural dish with a wine from its motherland, Chianti! The little red wine produced in Tuscany has historically has been associated with “cheapness,” but has more recently upgraded from a squat bottle with straw encasing to a traditional shaped glass of goodness that makes it way into our hearts. Try Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro which captures classic Chianti with a distinct style all its own

 

Tasting Notes: You’ll uncover the nose opens slowly with cherry, tobacco and pepper aromas. This fuller bodied wine, also has an earthy core to it and a lingering dark berry flavor and nutmeg on the palate -simply smooth and magnificent, but its style continues to open up the more you let it breathe – so decant and let it sit for a tad. In doing so,
Cost: $30/bottle
Where to Buy: WineAccess.com
If you want to hear more about wines and cocktails and get excellent advice on food and wine pairings, check out more of Stacy’s notes at Winobee.com.
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