If you are in Hoboken today stop by Cork around 2:00 pm, there just might be a wing for you to sample with this wine!
Columbia Winery, Merlot 2014
The 2014 vintage was warm all season long providing a large, uniformly excellent crop that came in about two weeks earlier than usual. Grape quality was superb, with Merlot developing ripe dark fruit notes and soft tannins. Winemaker Sean Hails selected the best grapes (85% Merlot, 8% Syrah, 5% Malbec, 2% Select Red Varieties), from the best vineyards within Columbia Valley, creating this rich, full-bodied wine that opens with a dark purple color and enticing aromas of plum, clove and baking spice. The pallet is fruit-forward with, flavors of black cherry, wild blackberry and juicy plum, complemented by notes of sweet oak, vanilla and hints of mocha and a round, mouthfeel, leading you to a finish that lingers with notes of ripe raspberry and caramel. This wine is a really great pairing for mild to medium traditional Buffalo wings, and a good value at $16.99.
Here is what two acclaimed critics had to say:
WE88 Exuberant aromas of cocoa and raspberry with light herb accents are followed by fresh, forward fruit flavors backed by lightly grainy tannins that bring some astringency.
WA87 Deep ruby colored, the 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot offers a classic bouquet of plums, caramelized black cherries, and chocolate and tobacco leaf in its forward, charming, enjoyable style
Oven Roasted Buffalo Wings
I researched 14 oven recipes, before picking this one and it is the best I have made. It takes some extra prep time but it’s worth it. No time, need it now, want the real thing, my Buffalo, Boeheim, turned me on to http://www.duffswings.com/
What you will need:
5 pounds chicken wings, cut into drumettes and flats, (I recommend using organic air dried chicken wings if you can they provide better taste and texture)
5 teaspoon baking powder
5 teaspoon kosher salt
For the sauce:
1 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce (I used Frank's)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
How to prepare it:
Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack inside. Carefully dry chicken wings with paper towels. In a large bowl, combine wings with baking powder and salt and toss until thoroughly and evenly coated. Place on rack, leaving a slight space between each wing. Repeat with remaining 2 batches of wings. Place baking sheet with wings in refrigerator and allow to rest, uncovered, at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. Adjust an oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Add chicken wings and cook for 20 minutes. Flip wings and continue to cook until crisp and golden brown, 15 to 30 minutes longer, flipping a few more times towards the end.
The sauce: Melt the butter over low heat in a sauce pan and add the remaining sauce ingredients, whisking well to combine. Keep the heat low and only as long as necessary to melt the butter: you don't want the butter to separate. Taste for spiciness, and add cayenne if desired. When the wing are finished cooking, pour the Buffalo sauce into a shallow bowl (you'll probably have to do this in batches) and add a few wings at a time. Turn them in the sauce until well-coated, then transfer to a warm platter. Repeat with the remaining wings. Serve with celery sticks, and a blue cheese dip Recipe adapted from seriouseats.com
Cheers, The Wine guys