Some nights call for classic combinations. My Friday night was all about a traditional Italian pairing of pizza and red wine. My latest Portland discovery is the gourmet pizza chain Pizzicato. They have some killer toppings such as fennel sausage, local goat cheese, and Oregon's best crimini mushrooms. As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of mixing salty / sweet flavors, so I draped my personal sized pizza in pineapple and prosciutto. It was perfection.
To pair with my delectable entree, I went with something a little funky and French. I ventured into my wine "cellar" and plucked out a ruby colored Loire valley Cabernet Franc / Cot blend, Clos Roche Blanche's 2011 Cuvee PIF ($17). Organically farmed, this wine from the Touraine has barnyard earthiness and some serious depth.
And as you can see in the above picture, instead of sitting on my couch watching mindless television, I dove head first into Alice Feiring's Nake Wine. It is the first person narrative of how Feiring, the head wine critic / writer for Time, ventured into the world of natural winemaking in California and her misadventures throughout the process. Thoroughly enjoyable!
All in all, it was a lovely Friday night. Hope yours was fabulous too and that you have a great weekend!