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!
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.