Living at the edge of the Presidio in San Francisco, there’s nothing better than taking walks through the winding trails and forest down to the edge of Crissy Field, where we like to watch the surfers battle the waves beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Riley and I bundle up in our SF uniform of Patagonia jackets and Giants baseball caps to protect from that cool Sunday morning fog before heading out into the rustic charm of the forest inside a city. The aromas of wet leaves beneath our feet, wild mushrooms at the foot of the pine and eucalyptus trees, vibrant wild berries and wildflowers peeking out from between the branches, and more often than not, the faint aroma of a fire in the fireplace from one of the old officers houses along the path make a better welcome to the day than any cup of coffee ever could.
There’s comfort in the rustic beauty of it all. It reminds me that I don’t want everything to be too polished or pretty in life - sometimes you just want to taste what’s real. On our walk back home the conversation often turns to one of our favorite topics, what to cook for dinner that night. But really, what we’re asking is what meal pairs with a day spent in the woods inspired by history, nature, and a favorite weekend tradition?
This unique blend of Dolcetto and Nebbiolo is as close as you can get to capturing our morning forest walks in a bottle. Rustic aromas of earth, wild herbs, smoke, and game are livened up by a hint of wildberry and sour cherry tartness to freshen your palate and keep you coming back for more. I adore this wine after a foggy day outside when I’m preparing something comforting like pasta bolognese, braised rabbit, or an eggplant gratin. The fresh energy in this wine will cut through the earthiness and heaviness of these dishes, while simultaneously celebrating the overlaps in flavors and aromas of each. I should point out that this wine benefits from decanting to let the full array of flavors and aromas develop. So open the bottle before your hike or decant into a larger vessel a few hours before dinner before pairing with: