Friday, September 11, 2015

Wines from #ScorchedTerroir Around the Globe for #winePW

When I extended an invitation to the #winePW bloggers earlier this month, I wasn't sure what I planned to uncork and pair as we talked about Scorched Terroir and Volcanic Wines. So. Many. Possibilities. 

I decided that I would virtually circle the globe instead of trying to decide on a single wine.

Four Volcanic Wines...
I started my globe trotting in Santorini, pairing Smoky, Spicy Clams with Assyrtiko. Funny story: completely unaware of what I was pouring and why, my husband queried, "Does this seem smoky to you?" I picked my jaw up off the table and asked him to expand on that. After a second sip, he continued, "No, maybe I was imaging it...if you don't taste it. Do you taste the smoke?" I definitely did taste it, but thought it was only a figment of my imagination. But Jake confirmed it.

Next I poured a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a Passionfruit Pavlova. Sileni's Sauvignon Blanc has an intriging mix of kiwi, passionfruit and pineapple aromas. On the palate, it's fresh with a lingering acidity. I had initially thought I'd pair this with a savory dish, but was swayed by the taste of the tropics.

Coming a little closer to home, I made Millet-Crusted Lamb Lollipops with a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. Because it was so hot - and I didn't want to be in the kitchen for any longer than necessary - I opted to make a quick dish of millet-crusted lamb lollipops. And I plated it with a dollop of some SavoryTomato Bacon Jam. Had I not had that in the fridge, I think this all would have paired nicely with a cherry chutney. Next time...

I finished the tour with Pasta Con Le Sarde and a Sicilian red. One of my favorite things about Sicily: the seafood. When we stayed in Palermo, I hauled the family to the market to get fresh seafood for dinner. We ate fish, sea snails, and whatever else caught my eye. When we were on Ustica, fisherman rolled carts through the cobblestone streets, bellowing, "Pesci! Pesci!" I remember sending my cousin down to the street to stop one of the fisherman when I saw swordfish on the cart.

The Conversation...
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Here's what the #winePW crew shared...


  1. Thanks so much for hosting this month Cam and picking such a great theme. I learned a lot and I enjoyed traveling with you as you toured the globe.

  2. Wow! What a wonderful collection! Thanks for a great theme this month!

  3. Nice effort, covering all this #scorchedterroir! Such a fun theme.

  4. You covered many bases! Great job. Fun research. Thanks for such a great topic!

  5. Thank you for hosting and coming up with this awesome theme. It was so much fun researching and learning about volcanic wines. Oh, and your bacon tomato jam made me drool

  6. Love the circle around the world and was shocked to learn of some of the places that grow wines on volcanic soils. Thanks for hosting!

  7. What a great volcanic tour! The food and wines sound amazing. Thanks for hosting this month - it was a great topic!

  8. Cam, you set a high bar. 4 pairings, I'm in awe! I loved your story about the fisherman going through the streets calling out Pesci! Very cool.

  9. What an amazing theme Cam! It's so cool that you tried 4 different wines with volcanic origins. And your pairing look fabulous!