Robust, yet smooth Rib Shack Red wine out of South Africa’s Western Cape is a very versatile wine that pairs well with both meats and poultry. The rich dark berry flavors meld beautifully with a slightly smoky oak spice from wood maturation.
As fall begins to bring chillier weather, it is easy to imagine sitting around a roaring fire sipping Rib Shack Red while savoring a smooth silky Brie or Camembert cheese. Vintner Douglas Green has maintained the excellent quality of wines originating in South Africa with his ultra-smooth blend of Pinotage and Shiraz* varietals.
Rib Shack Red, known as The Official BBQ Wine, was a perfect pairing with a Chicken Curry Stir-Fry complementing the spicy flavors with its sumptuous smoothness.
Chicken Curry Stir-Fry
- 1 lb. of boned, skinless chicken breasts sliced into 1” strips on the diagonal
- 1 lb. of thinly sliced vegetables – green, yellow and red peppers, green and yellow squash, onions, tomatoes
- ½ cup Ponzu sauce
- 3 Tbsp. curry powder
- Minced garlic bud
- 1 ½ Tbsp. each of extra virgin olive oil and vegetable oil
- Dash of sesame oil
- Mix curry powder, garlic and Ponzu sauce together.
- Brush sauce over sliced chicken breasts. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, turning chicken to coat evenly
- Heat oils until slightly bubbly and sauté chicken for about 3 minutes (do not overcook)
- Add vegetables and stir fry until just tender. Cover pan and turn off heat to slightly steam vegetables.
- Serve immediately over rice.
*Note: Pinotage – Shiraz is a blend of two of South Africa’s premier red wine grapes. Wine produced from the combination of Shiraz (Syrah in the Old World) and Pinotage is typically medium- to full-bodied with ample tannins and strong flavors of dark fruit and spices. Pinotage dominant variations may show more earthen characteristics with notes of cherry jam. Both Shiraz and Pinotage are known for their dark-chocolate expressions with the occasional hint of licorice.
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