Mealtime Monday: May Wine and Recipes of the Month by WineStyles

April 30, 2012 by FloMoDiva  
Filed under FMF Blog, Mealtime Mondays, Wine of the month

The first Monday of each Month we include 2 Mealtime Monday Recipes with 2 Featured Wines that complement each recipe!

Wine of the Month by WineStyles

Wine # 1 Wine #2
Wine of the Month

Red Wine in Flower Mound:  Scala Dei Negre (Garnacha), Priorat, Spain

Scala Dei Negre (Garnacha),
Priorat, Spain

Priorat is like European wine on steroids; in fact, it’s not completely off-base to say that it tastes like Port, if Port were a dry wine instead of a dessert wine. It’s that powerful.

For lovers of rich Aussie Shiraz or California Zinfandel, Priorat is Europe’s answer to those wines, and yet it is never out of balance, never to high in alcohol and is still both refreshing and complex.

Try pairing this wine with the recipe below:

The Recipe to complement the wine.
Sausage and Chickpea Soup
Sausage and Chickpea Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 to 10 ounces chorizo sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups acorn squash, cubed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, salt, white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups soup stock (vegetable or chicken)
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add chorizo sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and drain on paper-towel-lined plate.

Return saucepan to medium heat. Add extra oil if necessary and add onion and celery; sauté for about 4 to 5 minutes or more until translucent and lightly browned.

Return chorizo to saucepan. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil over high heat. Once the soup reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid and let cook for 20 minutes or more. Season to taste before serving.

Wine of the Month

White Wine in Flower Mound:  LEGARIS VERDEJO, RUEDA, SPAIN


Verdejo is often likened to Sauvignon Blanc; it’s no coincidence that some Spanish winemakers have laced their Verdejo with a little Sauvignon Blanc. But Legaris’ version expresses the best Verdejo: yellow and green pears, citrus and a lot of texture and mineral. Something crisp like Sauvignon Blanc, but something very different, too.

Try pairing it with the recipe below:

The Recipe to complement the wine.
Homemade Salmon Gravlax
Homemade Salmon Gravlax


  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet, skin on
  • One 4-ounce tube fresh dill (or substitute 1 1/2 cups dill springs, rinsed, or 3/4 dried dill)
  • 3 tablespoons gin


In a small bowl, mix sugar, salt and pepper.

Inspect salmon for bones; remove and discard. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Place salmon skin-side down, in a glass dish. Sprinkle evenly with sugar-salt-pepper mixture and cover evenly with dill. Sprinkle with gin and cover pan airtight with plastic wrap.

Nest another dish of the same size on top of the pan and weight it down with canned goods or pie weights (2-3 pounds).

Refrigerate for 48 hours; about ever 12 hours, uncover, baste salmon with juices, rewrap and replace weights.

Remove weights and unwrap salmon. Scrape off dill, rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Lay salmon, skin down, on a board; cut into very thin diagonal slices and release fish from skin. Transfer slices to serving platter; discard skin.

Serve with think crackers or toast points and an assortment of toppings, such as fresh dill springs, chopped boiled egg, finely chopped purple onion, capers, thinly sliced tomatoes or cucumbers and stone-ground mustard.  I threw mine on the grill for a couple minutes and it was out of this world!


All wine descriptions and recipes have been written and provided by Jenevieve Croall of WineStyles – Flower Mound. You may join the Wine Club on their website to receive 2 bottles of wine each month, along with special invites, discounts and more. Join Today!

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