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FOOD
CABERNET
C OMPLEMENT its
C ORNER S T ONES
When pairing the king of red wines with grilled
meats, Chef Knoll looks for ingredients that mirror
or complement elements found in Jordan Cabernet.
The basic rule of thumb is not to overwhelm the
character in the wine. " To me, cabernet is fruit,
herbs, earth and tannin, " he says. " Those are my
anchor points. "
Because Jordan Cabernet is aged entirely in
French oak, Knoll loves adding ingredients to
rubs and marinades that bring a complementary
earthy note, such as porcini mushroom powder and
dried herbs. Along with Tellicherry peppercorns
from southwest India-prized for their deep, rich
flavor-rosemary, oregano, thyme, marjoram
and dill bring out the classic, subtle earthiness
in cabernet sauvignon.
To highlight the lovely dried herb notes cabernet
is known for, he often reaches for mint, bay leaf,
anise and black pepper.
Cocoa powder is another secret for cabernet
pairings, because it makes the dark fruits in the
wine shine. " When I'm looking to make the fruit
shine in a young Jordan Cab, I love adding dark
cocoa powder to dry rubs, " Knoll says. " It has the
tannin to bridge with the oak in the wine, and its
flavor really makes the blackberries, cherries and
cassis in Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon stand out. "
He also favors an African dukkah spice mixture
that includes aromatic ingredients, such as fennel
pollen, pink peppercorns and pistachio nuts, along
with wild pecans and coriander. " The combination
of the tannins in the nuts, berry notes from the
sumac and earthy notes from the fennel match
some of the classic elements in cabernet, which
helps create a seamless pairing, " Knoll notes. " And
the high oil content in the fennel seeds helps soften
the tannins in the wine. "
" I find that fresh thyme, oregano,
marjoram and rosemary all
enhance the classic, dried herb
notes in cabernet. "
EXECUTIVE CHEF TODD KNOLL
KEEP it FRESH
The key, when purchasing spices, is to be sure
they are fresh and still pungent. Look for a spice
company that toasts and/or grinds to order, such as
World Spice Merchants. Knoll is currently working
with them to create two custom spice blends for
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (available for purchase
at jordanwinery.com). Perfect for beef, pork and
lamb, the Lazy J Rub features demerara sugar,
kosher salt, cocoa powder, black peppercorn,
coriander seed, chili flakes, lemon peel, cumin
and garlic. " Maintaining the fruit in red wine at
the table is key, and I love the idea of our fans
enjoying a spice recipe at home that's going to make
the fruit in Jordan Cabernet pop, " the chef says.
When creating cabernet-friendly marinades (also
known as wet rubs), Knoll incorporates fresh herbs
that mirror elements in Jordan's wine. " I find that
fresh thyme, oregano, marjoram and rosemary all
enhance the classic, dried herb notes in cabernet, "
he says. " And when I'm cooking down my sauce,
I always add the fresh herbs at the end, so you
experience the same fresh flavors and aromas in
the food as in the wine. "
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