A Wine Lover’s Guide to our La Diavola


This summer, our winemaker Matt, released the 2016 La Diavola, or as he likes to call it, the She-Devil. Being in the wine industry, you hear so many people talking about what kinds of wines they like and how they drink it. There are dry and tannic wines, sweet wines, cold wines, dry rosè, people who put ice cubes in their whites, and even chilling their bottles of red!

Typically red wine is served slightly below room temperature, but more and more, we hear stories about people putting their red wines into the fridge to enjoy a nice chilled glass of red wine.

At Eleven, Matt prides himself on being a forward thinker with his production. When he introduced the La Diavola, minds were blown.

You heard it here first folks….

This red wine was made specifically to be served chilled. Typically cold drinks (wine or not) are associated that with summer… BUT our She-Devil is truly perfect year round.

Whats In La Diavola:

The La Diavola is made in a very unique way, It’s a Petite Verdot with a little Port style.

Port-style wine is a type of fortified wine that comes from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Since Eleven Winery is located on Bainbridge Island in Washington we make a port STYLE wine since we aren’t in Portugal. Port is typically thought of as a dessert wine since it is so sweet.

Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, classically used in Bordeaux blends. Petit Verdot is typically one of the more dryer red wine grapes, due to the amount of tannins in the skin, stem, and seeds.

Mix these together and you are left with an amazing creation. When you chill the bottle of La Diavola, the coldness of the wine will cut the intensity of the sweet port style, then immediately dry out from the Petit Verdot. Allowing this wine to be perfect for lunch, dinner and even dessert!

What to Pair with La Diavola:

Something really fun about La Diavola is that it is not just a dessert wine. Pairing a dessert-like wine with a hearty meal can be a challenge but once it’s done successfully, it can be incredible.

From the sweetness of the She-Devil and its off-dry characteristics, this wine pairs brilliantly with any type of barbecue dish. The sweet and tangy spice of BBQ sauce compliments the La Diavola unlike anything else.

I chose to make a healthier version of a barbecue dish. A BBQ pulled chicken salad with red onion, avocado, and balsamic dressing!

Recipe: BBQ Pulled Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1-2 Avocados
  • 1/2- 1 Red Onion
  • Mixed Greens
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
  • 1 garlic clove, minced.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

Pulled BBQ Chicken Breast:

  • Heat oven to 450°F.
  • Toss chicken with olive oil.
  • Stir together the rub and sprinkle over chicken breasts. …
  • Place on sturdy baking sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between the chicken breasts.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. …
  • Remove from oven and cover with a baking dish for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove baking dish and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.. and turn oven to BROIL on high
  • Pull apart with forks
  • Mix in a bowl with BBQ Sauce and place on baking sheet back in oven
  • Watch chicken carefully until ends are browned and crispy
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 mins

Prep Salad and Toppings:

  • Dice Avocado
  • Dice Red onion
  • Wash and dry mixed greens

Dressing:

  • In a small bowl mix:
    • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Plating:

In a salad bowl create a bed of greens, top with a decent amount of pulled BBQ chicken, sprinkle red onion and diced Avocado on top, then drizzle Balsamic dressing over the entire dish!

SERVE AND ENJOY!!