Wine Review: Apothic Dark is Eerily Delicious

Apothic Dark with Italian Breaded Pork Chops

Apothic Dark with Italian Breaded Pork Chops

Just in time for Halloween, Apothic Dark is the seasonal sister of Apothic Red. The Apothic Red blend happens to be a favorite in my household so I was excited to give the limited release Apothic Dark a try when I heard about it through a friend.

I have to say that Apothic Dark is equally as good as Apothic Red for the price (approximately $11-15). I tasted blueberries and blackberries on the palate and it had a well-rounded, medium finish. It did leave my mouth feeling a little dry, but that to me is normally a good sign! As a part of this tasting, I wish I would have had Apothic Red nearby to compare side-by-side with this seasonal blend. I’ll remember that for next time!

I ended up pairing the wine with Italian breaded pork chops and a mixture of garlic vegetables. I thought the pairing was perfect for this red blend.

Ingredients for pork chops:

  • 2 Bone-in pork chops, cut thick
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for vegetables:

  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Minced garlic, to taste
  • Ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Place the eggs, flour and Italian bread crumbs in three separate bowls and dip each side of the pork chop in each bowl starting with the egg and ending with the bread crumbs. Make sure to get an even coat on each pork chop.
  3. Heat olive oil on medium heat in pan. Once the olive oil is warm, add the pork chops to the pan and brown on each side (approximately 2 minutes on each side).
  4. Remove the pork chops from the pan and place them in a baking dish in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes.
  5. Cut up the broccoli, red pepper, yellow pepper and mushrooms and spread them on a cookie sheet. Mix in olive oil, garlic and pepper.
  6. When there is approximately 15 minutes left on the pork chops, place the vegetable mixture in the oven and let it bake for the rest of the time.

Verdict: If you still need a wine for Halloween, Apothic Dark is eerily delicious and worth trying!

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