My future plans include this bottle of wine, a 2007 Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris from Alsace, and 7 lbs. of sauerkraut.
Wine-braised, juniper-bejeweled, caraway-flecked mountain of Alsatian love, how you beckon. My main plan of attack is to nestle slices of smoked pork loin, mild sausages, a confit chicken leg, and some fingerling potatoes into a big pot full and bake it forever. But I might gently roast some apples in pork fat and serve it with panfried pork chops, or I might just convince Retrogrouch to grill up some kielbasa in the rain.
I have one more rough week of writing ahead (if you consider last week finished) and it will be the hardest one so far. Then, I hope, the worst of it is over, and I can enjoy all the things I’ve had to set aside, e.g.:
Clockwise from noon: homegrown caraway waiting to be put in jar, new dill pickles, aforementioned sauerkraut and wine, delicata and pattypan squash, mix of red hot and sweet peppers, waterbath canner, walnuts, pressure canner.
And a bit of advice: your plans should also include this 2007 Pierre Spar Pinot Gris. It usually sells in the $18 range, but Marché Provisions managed to snag a bunch of cases at $7 a bottle. At that price, you can dump it in a pot of sauerkraut or just swig it from the bottle, but it would be a great wine for a civilized meal, too. I’m thinking fall poultry and pork — you can decide whether or not your family’s Thanksgiving can be called civilized. Unlike any Oregon Pinot Gris you’ve ever had (and this is a good thing). High acid personality, dry, witty. Nice floral nose with some rock or petrol to give it backbone, tastes of stone fruit and honey. Meditate on the golden color, remembering the sun.