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Elvio Cogno Nascetta di Novello Anas-Cëtta 2011
Aging Potential Drinking best now through 2014 though may hold longer.
Cheese Pairing Just about any mild and creamy cheese will work with this wine, mimicking the wine’s gentle aromatics and creamy palate. Brescianella Stagionata is from Piedmont’s neighboring Lombardy and resembles Taleggio.
May 2013: "The crystalline yellow color shimmers in the glass. The nose is restrained but shows lightly earthy and petrol notes with apricots and acacia. On the palate, the wine is broad and lightly mouth-coating. The acidity rests in the background while faint tannins come center stage on the medium finish. The concentrated fruit shows beautiful integration with the structure." Vitis Wine-Tasting Team
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Quinoa Fried Rice is as unusual as Nascetta, and the flavors of both blend just as well. First, there is the light fattiness from the ham as well as the richness of the quinoa that meld with the wine’s palate feel. Then, there is the aromatic pop of ginger and green onions that contrasts prettily with the wine’s fruits.
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup diced ham
1 stalk green onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 cups cooked, chilled quinoa (about 1/2 cup raw)
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in the oil. Add in the eggs and scramble for 15 seconds. Once the eggs have just set, remove the eggs to a clean plate or bowl.
2. Return wok to stove and turn to medium-high heat. Add in the diced ham and cook for 2 minutes until warmed through and browned. Push the ham to one side of the wok to leave room to fry the next ingredients. Add a bit of cooking oil if necessary. Add in the green onion, ginger and garlic, stir fry for 30 seconds until fragrant. Mix in with the ham.
3. Add in the cooked eggs, frozen peas and quinoa. Toss and stir fry for 2 minutes, spreading everything out over the surface of the wok. Pour in the soy sauce, fish sauce and add in the black pepper. Toss again and stir fry for an additional minute. Taste and add in additional soy sauce or fish sauce if needed (remember that the ham is salty so make sure you grab a bite that includes ham.)