Spice up your summer with recipes from Amici Cellars

spicesIt’s a hot time to get spicy! With out-of-the-ordinary Asian, Indian, African and Middle Eastern flavors taking center stage in today’s culinary spotlight, summer is a great time to spice up your dishes.

Amici Cellars—a winery in Calistoga, Calif.- , that is, at heart, a story of friendship—invited Napa Valley Chef John Adamson to create a few spice-oriented recipes designed for sharing and pairing at casual summer gatherings with friends and family.

Trend-setting chefs and home cooks across the country are experimenting with ingredients like harissa, za’atar, curry, lemongrass, fish sauce and much more. While some spices dial up the heat, others add depth of flavor, an “umami” savory note, or a warm earthiness. These three dishes serve up spicy deliciousness while highlighting and complementing the Amici Cellars wine pairings.

North African Spiced Pork Skewers is a flavorful appetizer full of spices—including coriander, cumin, cinnamon, curry and paprika—that are complex and layered without being overwhelming to a wine.  Amici’s new Sonoma Coast AVA Amici Chardonnay, with its round flavors of ripe apple and melon with a hint of toasty oak, balances the spice in this dish perfectly.

Thai-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Thai Dressing: The fresh, bright flavors in this dish, which features serrano peppers, lime juice, ginger, cilantro and basil, harmonize beautifully with the lively notes of lemongrass and tropical fruits in the Napa Valley Amici Sauvignon Blanc.

Lamb and Pinot Noir is a classic pairing and Chef Adamson’s Lamb Kefta Kebabs with Harissa Tzatziki is a creative and exotic take on that combination.  The bright raspberry and cherry flavors and hint of earthiness in Amici Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley AVA are a perfect balance to the exotic spices such as coriander, cumin, harissa and mint in this delectable Middle Eastern-inspired dish. – PRNewswire

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