This winter has been bitter for most of the country, but you can warm up with a comforting and creamy bowl of homemade risotto. Try this recipe for Butternut Squash & Porcini Mushroom Risotto from Gina Matsoukas of Running to the Kitchen. Making risotto is a bit hands-on, so pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass as you prepare your dish. Try pairing your risotto with one of these wines.
Butternut Squash & Porcini Mushroom Risotto Recipe and Wine Pairing
This creamy risotto is equally earthy, herbal, and sweet. Look for a wine that has a mix of earthy qualities balanced with herbs and mild fruit characteristics. Chose your favorite Pinot Noir or Rhone blend, or for great value priced wines try out the following.
Pinot Noir: Dashwood Pinot Noir ~ $15
This is a light, fruity, casual Pinot Noir with some bright cherry fruit and mushroom aromas. Ripe red berry fruit meets soft tannins in the mouth making for an easy drinking everyday wine.
Pinot Noir: Patch Block Pinot Noir ~ $7
This Pinot Noir has some dark berry fruit along with some floral notes and spice aromas. There are some earthy and smoky qualities on the palate that will enhance the earthy mushrooms, and the fruit will stand up to the butternut squash. A simple, yet flavorful value wine.
Rhone Blend: E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone ~ $13
Blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, this is a full-bodied wine with bold flavors and aromatics. Lots of dark berry fruit, currant, espresso, and spice aromas, and concentrated in the mouth with lingering spice. This would be good if you want a richer and more full-bodied wine to pair with this hearty vegetable dish. It’s rich but has some roasted savory notes that will really compliment those mushrooms.
Rhone Blend: Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge ~ $12
Lots of herbal aromas along with red berry fruit, violets, olives, and spice. Medium bodied in the mouth with mild tannins with more berry flavors. The earthy, spicy, and herbal notes will meld well with the spices and squash in the dish without overpowering anything.
Viognier: Loredona Vineyards Viognier ~ $8
If you prefer a white wine, look to fuller bodied wines like Chardonnay or Viognier. This Viognier is very aromatic with lots of floral notes along with some peach, pear, and orange blossom. The wine has lots of fruit aromatics and flavors but isn’t sweet, and the acidity in the wine will cut through the creaminess of the dish and refresh the palate between bites.
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