Featured Wine: 2011 Columbia Crest Columbia Valley Syrah
With the temperature taking a decided dip lately (not to mention the return to Standard Time), I've found myself turning to comfort food and hearty reds. Last night, I made Bon Appetit's recipe for Garlic Shrimp with White Beans, a one pot and one bowl meal of white beans simmered with tomato, garlic and smoked paprika (I also sauteed some red pepper and onion for good measure), topped with marinated shrimp, and then set on the broiler for a few minutes. It was a great dish for a Monday night, with more flavor than I expected for the short amount of time it simmered. I also think it would work well for company, by sauteing the beans ahead of time, and then broiling the shrimp a few minutes right before serving. With a nice salad and some good crusty bread, it could be a no fuss entree for a casual dinner party.
With it, we opened a bottle of 2011 Columbia Crest Columbia Valley Syrah. Its subtle touch of smoke paired nicely with the smoked paprika, while the dried herbs and pepper notes went with the parsley and heat (the dish has Arbol chiles in it). I also noticed some black fruit, and a little dry cocoa, on the palate. It would be a great wine to pair with mole or braised short ribs, too.