I was fortunate to win an Instagram contest hosted by the Wilmington Wine and Food Festival and Chien de Vin– winning two bottles of wine from Chien de Vin (pronounced shen-duh-ven, means “wine dog” in French)! Chien de Vin is an innovative wine delivery club with 5% of profits going toward animal rescues. They are focused on bringing boutique wines selected by certified, experienced sommeliers straight to your door! I thought it’d be a fun idea to feature a recipe to pair with the wines! Today I’m sharing this amazing short rib ragu with papardelle to showcase the Cercius Cotes du Rhone red. Stay tuned, next Wednesday I’ll be sharing a seafood pairing with a Rosé!
The Cercius Cotes du Rhone is an aromatic, spicy red bursting with licorice, cherry & tobacco flavors- it is acidic yet smooth. This bold, robust wine needed an equally strong and rich meal to pair with. Zak, owner of Chien de Vin suggested we pair it with a stewed meat and we came up with this recipe! Chef Q and I both agreed that this is one of the best meals we’ve ever created. It paired perfectly with the Cotes du Rhone and we are highly impressed with the selection of wines Zak has to offer. Short ribs are incredibly EASY to cook and prepare; the fool proof combination of beef, red wine and mushrooms is amazing. The pappardelle noodle is thick and flat, making it the perfect vessel to be drenched in the short rib ragu.
We used both ruby port as well as cabernet sauvignon to cook with; the port added a unique flavor to the dish. Short ribs may seem like a lot of work or an intimidating ingredient but in all reality, they’re actually super simple. This recipe does require a bit of prep work but most of the work is done in the oven while you can relax & pour yourself a glass of wine to enjoy!
If you’re interested in joining Chien de Vin, check out their website and sign up for delivery! Also, if you’re a local, check out the schedule for the Wilmington Wine & Food Festival and get your tickets before they sell out!