Dinner with lady friends is always a good thing. It’s a welcome break from the grind and (duh) an opportunity to eat good food and drink yummy wine, all while talking about things like sex, interior design, and reality TV. Toby invited us over, Claire made a bangin’ lasagna, and I brought along one of La Clarine Farm‘s most recent releases- 2012 Jambalaia.
Hank Beckmeyer, winemaker/owner of La Clarine Farm, named this wine as such because it’s a throw these things in a pot and see what happens mix of white and red grape varieties (Grenache, Mourvedre, Marsanne, and Viognier.) The result was delicious! As is with a lot of Hank’s red wines, there’s a freshness and vibrancy, a purity of fruit, and a little mischievous spice or herbacious vibe. I threw it in the fridge for a bit to chill it down and really let that brightness pop.
I have no photos of the lasagna OR the straight up sinful cheesecake Toby made, because I’m an awful person. So you’ll have to use your culinary imagination. Love you!
Every month, I’ll be posting a favorite sipper under $15 over on The Kitchy Kitchen. If you missed June and July, CHECK IT OUT already! Jeeze.
Photos by Claire Thomas
…and it WASN’T the worst of times. For sure. I recently ventured downtown with two of my fav ladies to Bestia, LA’s new hot spot. Please forgive me for using the term “hot spot” but it just is. It is a spot that is hot. It was packed on Wednesday night, like most nights, and for good reason! The food is great, the wine is great, the drinks are great, the service is great.
My buddy Maxwell is the Wine Director and he has put together a very well edited little list. While waiting for our table to be ready, because of course it wasn’t ready yet, we hung out at the bar and popped open a bottle of Hungarian bubbly. Say what? Hungarian. Törley makes some delicious sparkling wine and their delicately sweet Fortuna is no exception. Extremely affordable and highly drinkable. Claire called it “ambrosial” and that is just about the most perfect description.
When we finally got settled into our seats, we got to ordering right quick. Three hungry ladies were ready to eat! First up were some perfect Santa Barbara spot prawns with charred spring onions. Shall I call this spot on? I shall. Shall I put charred spring onions on everything I eat from here on out? I shall.
In our glasses? Some Zanotto Col Fondo Prosecco. I really love this style of Prosecco. Col Fondo is the old school method of making Prosecco by fermenting it in the bottle and letting it hang out with all its residual unfiltered sediment. The result is a Prosecco with a bit more of a savory edge. And a DELICIOUS edge. Pla-dow!
That green stuff right there amongst the heavenly house-cured salumi? Magical mostarda is what that is. We don’t know how it got green and we don’t really need to know, we just need to eat it all the time.
Cavatelli with black truffle and sausage. ‘Nuff said.
A delicious evening all around!
It’s been a hot minute since the last BHMF + Claire Thomas collab, but I hope you feel it’s been worth the wait with this one. We’ve paired wine to take-out, situations, and even neighborhoods. This time? Music! It’s all about the lady rap and wine pong. Take a frat party. Replace the jocks with hot ladies and the skunky beer with pink pet nat and we have ourselves a winning combo.
My thinking on the matter- Drake and all his bros are always rapping about Moscato. They should take a break from that and drink some of this instead. Can I be a wine stylist? I’m going to make that a thing.
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Happy New Year, players!