Brian Carter Cellars Spring wine release

A few weeks ago I was challenged to develop recipes to pair with Brian Carter’s newest wines. What can I say … I LOVE my job! For me, this is the ultimate — because I get to be creative, challenge myself, and then hopefully reap the reward of a wonderful meal! In the spring I long for the days of summer, & wonderful insalata cprese with juicy tomatoes. So, here is my cut at pairing a fabulous Malbec with, well, who would have thought — a salad with a bit of a different twist!
                                              — Chef Carol

insalata caprese alla primavera

or spring caprese salad

2-3 tablespoons dried cranberries
1/4 cup Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Malbec or balsamic vinegar
1 pound fresh mozzarella in whey
8 to 10 fresh strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
16 yo 20 fresh mint leaves
2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste (I like the Alder Smoked salt here)

Place dried cranberries in a medium bowl; pour wine or vinegar over and let stand just until cranberries begin to soften, about ½ hour. Drain well. You will be using the cranberries (but you might at least want to sample the wine here!).

Prepare the mozzarella: either cut in slices or torn into chunks (I prefer the chunks). Arrange on four salad plates. Then add strawberry slices. Scatter mint over top, then sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with olive oil: season with salt and pepper. Alllow to stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Serves 4.

Serve with Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Malbec.


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