Recipe and wine for Spring!

This simple, yet wonderful dish (courtesy of Laura Sampedro) is perfect for early spring when citrus fruit is still available and asparagus has started to make itself known.

The vinaigrette in this recipe is simple with a lovely sweet and sour action. The mixing of orange and blood orange juice with honey, Dijon mustard and a little red wine vinegar provides some extra tang and will taste delicious drizzled over fresh sprin asparagus dressed with parmesan shavings.

We suggest pairing this light springtime bite with a Gruner Veltliner white wine from Austria that will complement even the hardest  to pair spring vegetables such as artichoke and asparagus. The perfect wine for spring!


For the Asparagus:
1 bunch fresh asparagus spears, ends trimmed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese

For the Vinaigrette:
3-4 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
zest of half a lemon
3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
extra virgin olive oil
1 blood orange, peeled and segmented (keep leftovers aside)
1 orange, peeled and segmented, (keep leftovers aside)

1. Preheat your oven to approx 175 C (350 F). Drizzle the trimmed asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

2. Place the asparagus onto a baking tray and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until bright green and tender-crisp.

Tip: line the baking tray with foil beforehand for easy cleaning afterwards.

3. Whilst the asparagus are in the over, combine the vinegar, honey, lemon zest and mustard in a bowl and slowly whisk in the olive oil until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Remove the asparagus from the oven and plate up, drizzling liberally with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette.

5. Top the asparagus with orange and blood orange segments and drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette, to taste.

6. Garnish with shavings of Parmesan cheese. Delicious!

Wine Pairing Tip: Try pouring an Austrian Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2008 from Franz Hirtzberger  through your WineWeaver wine aerator – fresh and crisp with a touch of the exotic and the perfect spring wine accompaniment!

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