In preparation for this month's #WorldWineTravel event - I am hosting a deeper dive into the wines from Uruguay - I got my hands on some lighter shades of wine. I have long been a fan of Tannat from Uruguay, but I wanted to explore some whites and some rosés.
Okay, truth be told: I only got one white and one rosé...and the rosé is made from Tannat grapes. But I will definitely be exploring more of these wines because I am wildly impressed with Uruguayan wines.
Artesana Canelones Tannat Rosé 2021
I was grateful to get my hands on the 2021 Artesana Canelones Tannat Rosé. The Canelones region enjoys growing conditions that are often compared to those in Bordeaux. And Uruguay is a country where the small-scale, family-owned wineries abound. As the name implies, Artesana is an artisanal affair. Owned by Blake Heinemann and Leslie Fellows, the wine is made by Analía Lazaneo and Valentina Gatti with 100% estate-grown Tannat grapes.
The wine poured a deep salmon color with aromas of apples, cherry blossoms, and spices. On the palate, the wine was full-bodied while still being light and bouncy. This lively wine was a fun pairing with a Uruguayan hot dog.
Pancho Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are referred to as panchos in Uruguay. They come in two sizes: cortos (short ones) and largos (longer ones), but I wasn't able to find an actual measurement for those distinctions. I did read that the hot dogs need to be an inch or so longer than the bun; I did not chop my buns shorter.
Topping vary from region and vendors though some favorite toppings include corn, melted cheese, relish, onions, and salsa golf (a combination of mayonnaise and ketchup).
2 hot dogs (I used 100% grass-fed beef dogs)
2 rolls or buns
shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
salsa golf (1 Tablespoon mayonnaise + 2 Tablespoons ketchup + hot sauce to taste)
Heat your hot dogs on a grill or grill pan. Toast the bread on the grill, too.
Smear the chimichurri on the toasted bun and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Place the hot dog on the cheese. Top with pickled onions, corn, and a drizzle of salsa golf.
Serve with oven roasted fries on the side. Stay tuned for more pairings with my Uruguayan wines.