I had a chance to visit the Rockwood Room in Houston, Texas. Originally, I visited because their bartender won a drink competition in NYC with his bacon-infused Whiskey. But after meeting with Chef Michael Del Maggi, it became clear he had a perfect localized wine+food pairing that needed to be shared with the world. Chef Del Maggi used pork belly sourced from just north of Houston, he then braised it in a Coca-Cola mix and added some accoutrements to enhance flavors. We paired it with the Becker Vineyards Cabernet-Syrah from Hill Country.* as a side I'd like to apologize for the sound and video quality in this episode. The camera we planned to use crapped out on us so we shot this entire episode on my iPhone. .
WINE IN THIS EPISODE
Hill Country wines are gaining mass love from wine lovers and critics alike. The higher elevation of Hill Country gives Texas wines one of two things they need to make good wine: cold temperatures at night. During the day, heat and sunlight aren't a problem, so it's a good thing when winemakers find a place to grow good, quality fruit.
Becker Vineyards has a long history of making quality wines with critical acclaim. We found the coca-cola braised pork belly had sweet and savory flavors that lent themselves to this new world styled wine. There's gobs of ripe fruit, low tannins and low acidity... Some might compare this wine to some low priced Australian wines. For a localized pairing, it works. Coca-Cola braised Pork is a treat, and this wine is one of a dozen that would've paired well.