Syrah Pairings Roasted Beet & Caramelized Fennel Salad
- 2 golden beets, roasted and peeled
- 3 red beets, roasted and peeled
- 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 fennel bulb, shaved and caramelized
- 8 oz spring lettuce mix
- ¼ cup cider herb vinaigrette (recipe follows)
- ½ cup Feta cheese
- Cider Herb Vinaigrette
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
- ½ tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 cup olive oil
For roasted beets and caramelized fennel - Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Rub 2 tsp. olive oil and a pinch of salt & pepper all over the beets. Roast uncovered in a shallow dish for 45 minutes or until beets are tender. Let cool for 10 minutes; peel and chop beets. Refrigerate until ready to use. Place pan on the stove on medium-high heat; add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add shaved fennel to hot pan and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown. Remove from heat and refrigerate until ready to use.
For cider herb vinaigrette - Add all ingredients to blender except oil; puree. Slowly add oil. Season to taste with any additional salt and pepper.
In a large serving bowl, add spring mix and toss with vinaigrette. Top with roasted beets and caramelized fennel, then sprinkle with feta cheese.
Limited Estate Collection
Located in the Adelaida District in the rugged westside of Paso Robles, Terra Bella Vineyard boasts optimal conditions for Syrah—high altitude, sloping southwest facing terrain, rocky limestone soils, and a long growing season with a pronounced marine influence from the Pacific Ocean, just 17 miles away. Here the calcareous steep terrain, at an elevation of almost 1,800 feet, creates very limited yields and makes for labor intensive farming conditions.