Monday, March 2, 2009

Chicken with Saffron Rice & Fontezoppa 2007 Verdicchio di Matelica


Since I cook at home a lot, I enjoy flipping through the Williams-Sonoma catalog. I rarely buy anything or for that matter even try the recipes - although the pictures can be enticing. I was intrigued by the one pot recipe for Chicken with Saffron Rice in the most recent catalog (also available on their website). I basically followed the recipe except that I omitted the olives. The chicken legs were moist and tender; the rice was a gorgeous saffron color. The saffron not only makes the dish a lovely color to the dish, but creates an intoxicating aroma.

Instinctively, I am not sure I would have paired the wine I had with the dish, but it worked well nonetheless. The Fontezoppa 2007 Verdicchio di Matelica is inexpensive ($12.99 a bottle) and tasty. It has a
tropical nose with green apple, citrus, minerality, and a great brinyness.

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