Wente Vineyards’ Murrieta’s Well Winery in Livermore shared some of its favorite pairing recently; just in time for Christmas feasts.
Pair polpettines (tiny meatballs made with beef, veal and pork) with the Murrieta’s Well Small Lot Merlot. Its dark red and fruit flavors are an excellent contrast to the meaty, dark, rich flavors of beef. It’s a fun start to any holiday meal.
Whip up some Butternut Squash Risotto with cremini mushrooms, brown butter and fresh herbs with the Murrieta’s Well Small Lot Chardonnay. The varietal can stand up to the richness of a risotto.
The creamy vanilla notes of the wine create a link to the creaminess of the risotto, while the wine’s bright acidity keep it from becoming overwhelmingly rich.
Oven roast a smoky glazed ham with pepper jelly and
pour Murrieta’s Well, “The Spur.” The combination of fruit and spice are flavors that bring together this food and wine pairing perfectly. It is a classic for the holidays.
Bon Appetit !