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Napa Valley Wine Pairs Perfectly with Tuscan Dishes for the Holidays

November 04, 2015

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Calistoga, CA, November 3, 2015 – Now is the perfect time to start planning for your Thanksgiving dinner. Madrigal Family Winery recently hosted Gabriele Corcos of Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” and his wife, actress Debi Mazar, in Calistoga and they shared some of their personal recipes, one of which is a family favorite, “Pollo Al Mattone”. Chris Madrigal, vintner and founder of Madrigal Family Winery, recommends pairing it with his 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. “The acidity in this wine helps cut the richness of the chicken, making this a very pleasant experience for the guests.” The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant and medium-bodied wine, with sun-sweetened lemon and green tea flavors, framed by tropical melon and jasmine aromas, highlighted by bright, crisp acidity.

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Pollo Al Mattone from Gabriele Corcos
Recipe courtesy of Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

1 chicken, 3 to 4 pounds, backbone removed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 glass white wine
1 hot red pepper, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely minced
1 handful chopped parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Zest from 1 orange and the juice from half

Cut the backbone out of the chicken. Lay the chicken flat and skin side up on your work surface. Press down on the chicken to flatten it. You’ll hear a crack of the bones. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.

Add the garlic, olive oil, white wine, red pepper, rosemary, parsley, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper to a glass jar and mix together. In a baking dish lay out the chicken and coat the liquid mixture all over the chicken. Cover with tin foil and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Heat the wood fired oven until medium high heat, about 400 degrees F. Discard the marinade and add the chicken to sheet tray. Cook, until the chicken is fully cooked through, about 1 hour, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers at 165 degrees.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Inactive prep time: 1 hour
Ease of preparation: Easy

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