As most of you local to our area know it is still Crab season around these parts, and if you like crab you will love this simple recipe.
Take half a bottle of Praxis Viognier, a double gold medal winning favorite around the tasting room, and put it in a large cooking pot with a cube of butter, a couple of chopped cloves of garlic and a sprig or two of thyme. Place your crab in the pot and simmer just a minute or two until the butter is melted and the crab is cooked through. Then serve with lots of melted butter and a cold glass of the Praxis Viognier. This is a very simple and quick meal to prepare and always sure to please. Make sure you have a loaf of good bread, preferably sourdough, to dip in the broth from the cooking pot and you will be amazed at how great this simple meal can be. Viognier is the perfect white wine to enjoy with crab. Get your self a bottle of the Praxis and enjoy.
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I’ve written before of my love for the corkage fee. We take a bottle of wine to a favorite spot with a pretty good idea of what we will be eating. The paring is usually predictable and we’ve taken no risk in ordering a bottle outside our knowledge base or comfort zone. It isn’t my only method for enjoying wine at a restaurant, but it is handy for a special meal.
This holiday season I enjoyed a memorable night out. Before leaving I texted my friend and asked if she’d prefer a safe or adventurous wine. Of course, she replied, adventurous. The decision was between a pinot from Eric Ross and the 2009 Syrah-Viognier Blend. I’d tasted the pinot and was happy to have a few bottles in the cellar, but the Syrah was an impulse buy, perhaps thanks to the label. I’d been saving it not quite sure what to expect. It was delicious. We enjoyed appetizers of roasted beets, pickled onions, spicy deviled eggs and rabbit pate. Our entrees were roasted pork belly and a well-prepared rib eye beefsteak. The next day I called Sami to order a couple more bottles of this delightful wine. They should arrive any day!
Praxis Cellars has been making Viognier for a decade, but the 2010 Praxis Viognier ($17) marks a move to sourcing fruit from the renowned Russian River Valley. Working on a cool-climate syrah wine prompted Winemaker Bill Arbios to switch to making a Rhone-inspired white wine from similarly farmed fruit.
The grapes chosen flourish on a rolling hillside, a southwest exposure that takes more sun than much other such coastal fruit, and resulting in some common threads to the hotter climate fruit used in previous Praxis Viogniers. As with all Praxis wines, the 2010 Viognier expresses the character of this single vineyard. All Praxis vineyards are are sustainably farmed…with care and passion that is ultimately expressed in the glass.
With this new fruit source, the wine is a little softer, and captures the rich fruit essence of its stellar viognier fruit. Still offered in a crisp European style, the wine is clean and full-bodied, with a lingering finish of ripe fruit. To retain the purest expression of the viognier grape, the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks.
The wines’ color is pale straw yellow with green highlights. The aromas are fresh, complex and clean: melon, honeysuckle, vanilla, pineapple and especially freshly-sliced pear. These components carry across the palate, intensifying as you enjoy a sensory chorus of delight.