HB&B Blog — Red wine

Wine & Food Killers: Slow-Roasted Pork Belly and Rhubarb and Herbs with Ruth Lewandowski Feints 2018

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Wine & Food Killers: Slow-Roasted Pork Belly and Rhubarb and Herbs with Ruth Lewandowski Feints 2018

The world is short on joy right now. Even basic tasks – going grocery shopping, picking up a bottle of wine, cooking dinner – are freighted with anxiety and uncertainty. But this week, as the reality of long-term quarantine is sinking in (and as I finally have my senses of smell and taste back after a run-in with COVID-19), I feel fired up. I want to do everything I can to support local businesses – from bottle shops like Hop Burns & Black to neighbourhood greengrocers and independent butchers – as they fight to stay afloat. In the face of...

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Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

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Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

I’m always looking for ways to do the holidays differently. Ham is predictable. Turkey – unless it’s deep-fried – can be dry and disappointing. Roasting beef to everyone’s specifications is enough to trigger a Christmas Day meltdown. But beef short ribs – especially short ribs that are given an East Asian cast by way of soy sauce, ginger and star anise, and which you can put in a pressure cooker and ignore – are an alternative worth investigating. Yes, I’ve joined the legion of Instant Pot devotees on the internet. Before getting one of my own, I scorned it for...

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Natural Wine Killers: Bellotti Semplicemente Vino Rosso 2016 (Italy)

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Natural Wine Killers: Bellotti Semplicemente Vino Rosso 2016 (Italy)

Piedmont is probably the most consistently premium wine region in Italy. Spread over rolling hills between Turin and Genoa, it is one of the few regions in Italy where most wines are produced following traditional DOC or DOCG rules and there are no regional IGT wines. Regions like Barolo and Barbaresco are famous for their robust, long-lived wines, which are aged for several years in barrel, requiring time to mellow. Although Barolo and Barbaresco producers may produce more accessible red wines, they tend to be polished, often with plenty of sweet oak. These are serious wines, often with serious prices....

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Wine & Food Killers: Linguine Bolognese and I Vini di Giovanni Rozzo 2017

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Wine & Food Killers: Linguine Bolognese and I Vini di Giovanni Rozzo 2017

There’s nothing like grim weather and Seasonal Affective Disorder to strip you of your tolerance for ostentation. February is the time of year when the rustic prevails, when warm and honest food, like this recipe, really comes into its own. One caveat: this isn’t your typical Bolognese, though it might be the most classical one you’ve ever made. (Caveat #2: spaghetti may be traditional, but I prefer slightly thicker linguine, which stands up better to hearty sauces.) The woman behind this timeless recipe is the late grande dame of Italian cooking, Marcella Hazan, who had very strong feelings about how...

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Wine & Food Killers: Indian-Spiced Roasted Lamb Leg and Domaine du Pech Le Pech Abusé

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Wine & Food Killers: Indian-Spiced Roasted Lamb Leg and Domaine du Pech Le Pech Abusé

With wintry weather set to stick around for a while, it’s time to hunker down and seek solace in rich wine and food. I originally made this at Christmas time, but it’s just as good for the dark midwinter when we’re all in need of celebrating something…. anything. This lamb, specifically, which originates - minus a few riffs and adaptations - from Asma’s Indian Kitchen, the exceptional new cookbook written by Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan. As Khan notes, this leg of lamb, which marinates overnight in a yoghurt mixture before roasting, is a showstopper dish that is traditionally served at...

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