Jacob Williams 2010 Hi-Valley Vineyard Syrah - Colleen's Kitchen

Finding the right wine for a meal is seriously tough. I mean, you have to seek out and taste so many different kinds of wine to find just the right one. It’s so much work!

Oh, who am I kidding? The research is the best part of wine pairing. I especially love it when a winery asks me to try their new release.

Such is the case with this lovely 2010 Syrah from Jacob Williams Winery. If you’re local to or just visiting the Portland area, I highly recommend including the Jacob Williams tasting room in a day tour of Columbia Gorge wineries. It sits on a pretty rise overlooking the wild Columbia River, nestled quietly in a cherry orchard just off of busy state highway 14. The staff is cheerful and friendly, the view is lovely, and picnics and well-behaved canines are welcomed.

You might recall that I previously featured Jacob Williams’ 2009 Syrah, so I was eager to try their new release when the winery contacted me. And the timing was perfect, because as soon as I tasted it I knew it would be excellent with the 3 Pepper Sausage and Potato Skillet recipe I was working on. And of course I was right!

Jacob Williams 2010 Hi-Valley Vineyard Syrah - Colleen's Kitchen

The Jacob Williams 2010 Hi-Valley Vineyard Syrah is an excellent pairing with my 3 Pepper Sausage and Potato Skillet.

The Syrah is big and rich with notes of dark cherry, plum and cocoa, and a hint of green pepper in the finish. I knew that the green pepper finish would be perfect with the peppery 3 Pepper Sausage and Potato Skillet, and boy did it. The spices compliment each other well while the fruit and cocoa help to balance out the pepper and andouille sausage. As great as the wine is now, I think that the Syrah will be even better laid up for a couple of years.

Get the recipe for 3 Pepper Sausage and Potato Skillet here.

Buy a bottle of Jacob Williams 2010 Hi-Valley Vineyard Syrah here.

As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.

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Colleen Fields is a food enthusiast and healthy lifestyle convert who has married these two interests to create delicious dishes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a single, working mom, Colleen struggled with her weight for years and tried every diet out there without success. When she began her weight loss journey, she realized that her cooking style needed to change. However, Colleen recognized that the only “healthy” cookbooks and television shows available focused on deprivational diets rather than behavioral changes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a result, she began experimenting and creating her own dishes. By eating smarter and moving more, Colleen took back her life and has lost over 100 pounds, going from a size 26W to a size 12, and maintains her weight today. Through her food blog, www.colleens-kitchen.com, and cookbooks Colleen hopes to share her success with others struggling with obesity and demonstrate that a healthy lifestyle is not only obtainable, but it is also sustainable. Follow Colleen on Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

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