If you’re like me, cold weather is merely a minor inconvenience standing in the way of outdoor grilling. Dusting off snow and donning the hat and scarf are all worth it if I get to fire up the grill and sizzle some steaks, burgers, or good ‘ole BBQ. Besides, I’m always down with the prospect of keeping my regular oven spotless and kitchen clear of cooking smoke.
Now we have an added incentive to head out there and get a jump on the season. Trapiche, a top Argentinean winery that I’ve raved about before has partnered with Bon Appetit Magazine offering a Wine Grill-Off 2010 Recipe Competition.
You are dead wrong if you think the U.S.A. has the world cornered on BBQ. Argentina’s penchant for beef is reflected in their national dish “asado” (Spanish for BBQ). A strong contender in my repertoire is apple wood smoked tipsy cooker chicken paired with a Trapiche Oak Cask Aged Chardonnay. And this isn’t your grandmother’s Chard, much mellower bursting with sweet fruit.
So the options are wide open! All you need to do is share your original recipe using grilled chicken, fish, pork, goat, lamb or beef and pair it with your favorite Trapiche by March 26. The first 100 entries receive a Trapiche-logoed apron from Bon Appetit and the grand prize is seeing your recipe showcased in Bon Appetit’s July issue.
If you can’t find any Trapiche varietals at your local bottle shop, snooth.com is a great place to start searching for these reasonably priced and highly tasty gems.