STEAMBOAT SIPS: Steamboat Winery
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 2:06 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, to reflect the correct amount of money donated to charity with the purchase of Bunny Slope
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With the snow arriving and the holidays moving in, it’s time to look toward weeks spent with family and friends over lots and lots of food. And a god way to accent that food is by having the perfect wine pairing to go along with it.
Steamboat Winery and its assortment of wines are here to do just that. While the grapes may not be grown here, the names bring a small piece of Colorado with them. And Penney Adams, owner of the local winery, has a couple of tips of what goes best with each of one.
Slopeside is a white chardonnay made with Sonoma, California, grapes. It’s rich texture — with layers of lemon, green apples and yellow plum, to name just a few — pairs great with a nice baked brie in a pumpernickel loaf. And don’t forget a sprinkle of brown sugar.
The Daisies is a crisp sauvignon blanc with refreshing hints of citrus and floral notes. It’s a crips wine best paired with goat cheese. Adams suggests wrapping the cheese in a puff pastry and drizzling honey over the top once cooked for a fun, unique holiday pair.
This summer rosé is still fun for winter with its hints of strawberries, peach and jasmine. If your holidays include lots of yummy seafood, this wine will work well. Adams suggests tiny crab cakes, which will match the delicacy of the wine itself.
The Aspens is a savory barbera that pairs well with anything that has tomatoes in it. If you’re looking to Italy for inspiration this holiday season — lots of bruschetta, mozzarella, etc. — this is the wine your holiday party needs.
This blend of cabernet, merlot and petite sirah goes well with something you may not have thought of before — hand-foraged mushrooms. Adams and some of her friends cooked some local fungi in butter and garlic and sipped this wine not too long ago, and she said it was the perfect marriage of flavors.
If a rosé is too light for you, but you’re still craving seafood for your holiday feast, this cabernet is the one. Adams recommends smoked salmon as the best partner.
This syrah’s grapes comes all the way from Italy, and it’s texture is smooth with a small kick of pepper. Adams does warn that it is a love or hate type wine, but pairing it with caramelized onion figs may just make it the ultimate love.
This reserve cabernet sauvignon is soon to be seen on the shelves at E3 Chophouse, and if you plan to have similar fare at your get together, this wine should be there, too. Adams recommends it be paired with any type of beef — from steaks to skewers.
For those of you who don’t drink alcohol, Steamboat Winery also offers a sparkling grape juice, called Bunny Slope. Created by Adams’ twin boys, $1 from each purchase of Bunny Slope goes toward a local charity.
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