Wine & Dine: all about lemon

First dish

Lemon linguine & Albariño

Recipe for 2 ppl
  • 160 to 200g of linguine (or spaghetti)
  • 40g butter
  • 10g olive oil
  • 1 medium-small lemon (bio or untreated)
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • Salt

Put the oil and butter in a pan; grate the lemon zest on it. Melt the butter on low heat. Squeeze the lemon and add the juice.

Cook the pasta in not too much water until nicely “al dente”. Add the pasta to the pan, taking it directly from the pot with a fork, in order to keep some of the cooking water. Mix well on low heat for a few minutes.

  • Region: Galicia, Rias Baixas, Val do Salnés. A location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, where there is more rainfall than the national average.
  • Grape: Thick skin that helps withstand the damp conditions. It responds well to heat and humidity.
  • Character: youthful, high acidity, good finish
  • Vinification: Typically unoaked.
  • Fun facts: In Australia Savagnin used to be labelled as Albariño
Mar de Frades, Albariño, 2018

Second dish

Chicken fricassee & Südtirol White Wine or Spanish Rosé

  • 400g chicken breast
  • 25g butter, 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ glass of white wine
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 grated lemon zest
  • 1 bunch of parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp salt

Chop the parsley finely. Prepare the sauce by whisking the yolks with the lemon zest and the parsley. Put it in the fridge.

Cut the chicken in small pieces and chop the onion. Sauté the onion in the butter, then add the chicken. Once it starts to turn golden, add the salt and the flour. Mix well to avoid lumps and add the white wine. Once the chicken is almost ready, add the sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes on very low heat.

Réserve della contessa, Manincor

Grapes: Pinot Blanc (60%), Chardonnay(30%), Sauvignon Blanc

Character: Fresh scent of apple, dill, green pear, good acidity

Vinification: After natural preliminary clarification, spontaneous fermentation of the must in a large wooden barrel. Biodynamic

Fun facts: For many years there was no distinction between Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay

Hacienda de Arínzano, rosé

Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

Region: Situated in the North-East of Spain. Significant influence of the Atlantic Ocean.

Character: Spicy, a slight sense of citurs, High alcohol

Vinification: The grapes are quickly pressed.