It’s not hard to understand why the chef at Monocacy Crossing in Frederick in West Maryland would suggest pairing his Rosemary Braised Lamb Shank with Cantele’s Salice Salentino.
After all, the wine is fresh and bright in the glass with just the right amount of tannic structure to work with the unctuous quality of the rich meat without overwhelming the earthy flavors of the dish or the wine.
I should know: My wife Tracie and I opened a bottle the other night at home (sadly not paired with Monocacy Crossing’s lamb shank!) and we loved how the zinging acidity and balanced tannic structure worked with our own dinner (of marinated chicken tacos).
We’ve never been to Monocacy Crossing, which is so named because it lies near a bridge that crosses the Monocacy River, which, in turn, takes its name from the language of the native American Shawnee.
But we’ve heard that there is a new and bustling food scene emerging there in Western Maryland.
To gauge from the excellent Monocacy Crossing menu, there’s a lot more happening in quiet Frederick, Maryland than one might think!
Thank you, Monocacy Crossing, recommending and pouring Cantele Salice Salentino!
4424A Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Image via the Monocacy Facebook page.