s
s
Sections
Search
We don't just cover the North Bay. We live here.
Did You Know? In the first 10 days of the North Bay fire, nearly 1.5 million people used their mobile devices to visit our sites.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Wow! You read a lot!
Reading enhances confidence, empathy, decision-making, and overall life satisfaction. Keep it up! Subscribe.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Oops, you're out of free articles.
Until next month, you can always look over someone's shoulder at the coffee shop.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
We don't just cover the North Bay. We live here.
Did You Know? In the first 10 days of the North Bay fire, we posted 390 stories about the fire. And they were shared nearly 137,000 times.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Supporting the community that supports us.
Obviously you value quality local journalism. Thank you.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Oops, you're out of free articles.
We miss you already! (Subscriptions start at just 99 cents.)
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
X

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Login

X

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

LoginSubscribe

Our Wine of the Week, Merry Edwards 2016 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($36) is truly spectacular. Edwards is a masterful winemaker, best known for pinot noir but her expertise shines through in every sip of this gorgeous quaffer. Her theme song should be “(You’ve Got the) Magic Touch” by a 1950s doo-wop group, The Platters.

The aromas evoke a grassy meadow warmed by the morning sun. On the palate, there’s an initial flood of citrus delight, especially Meyer lemon, ruby grapefruit and tangerine. Mid-palate is rich and lush, followed by a vibrant finish suggestive of concrete damp after a spring shower. Nestled among all these flavors is a whisper of sweet apple. There’s an enticing suggestion of a sea mist, too,

The wine is easy to pair successfully at the table, as it embraces a wide range of flavors and textures. It is lovely with seafood, from all types of crab to raw oysters, clams, and fin fish, including salmon. Enjoy it with wild mushrooms, mild Indian curries, and roasted chicken basted with lemon.

Today’s recipe is inspired, to a large degree, by our chilly damp weather. A key ingredient is white pepper, which has an almost wine-like flavor, a hint of fermentation, that engages beautifully with this pretty sauvignon blanc. Orange zest makes the match soar.

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut with Apples

Serves 4 to 6

2 firm ripe apples, peeled and cored

— Half a lemon

6-8 bratwurst, bockwurst, or similar sausage

3 cups fruity white wine (viognier, reisling, or gewürztraminer)

2 tablespoons butter

1 large or 2 small red onions, thinly sliced

— Kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

½ teaspoon caraway seed

3 cups sauerkraut

1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves

— Grated zest of 1 orange

— Dijon mustard

Cut the apples in lengthwise slices, cut the slices in half crosswise, and put them in a bowl of water, Squeeze the lemon into the water and set aside.

Place the bratwurst in a medium sauté pan, add 1 cup of the wine and 1 cup of water, set over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat to medium, and simmer until the liquid is nearly completely evaporated. Transfer the sausages to a plate and set it aside.

Add the butter to the pan and, when it is melted, add the onions. Cook over low heat until the onions are very limp, fragrant, and sweet, about 20 minutes. Season lightly with salt. Drain the sliced apples, add them to the onions, and sauté, stirring now and then, until they begin to soften and take on a bit of color, about 7 or 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice the sausages into 3/8-inch rounds; slice the rounds in half.

Add the pepper and caraway seed to the onion mixture. Stir in the sauerkraut, add the sausages, and pour in the remaining wine. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to a slow simmer, cover, and simmer very slowly for 45 minutes, until the juices have thickened and the flavors have mingled.

While the mixture cooks, put the parsley and orange zest into a small bowl, season lightly with salt, and set aside.

Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Transfer to a dish or platter, and scatter the parsley mixture on top.

Enjoy right away, with the mustard alongside.

Michele Anna Jordan hosts “Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine, & Farming” on KRCB FM on Sunday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. Email her at michele@micheleannajordan.com

Show Comment