Rub the quails with salt and pepper and place a sprig of thyme in the abdominal cavity.
Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the quails on a high heat on all sides until evenly browned. Sprinkle with white wine and roast in the oven at 200°C for 20-25 minutes.
When the quails are ready, leave them to cool, then divide them into quarters and serve with the salad.
Prepare a vinaigrette (with 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, 1⁄2 a teaspoon of hot mu- stard, salt, a few pink peppercorns, 1 tablespo- on of chopped spring onion and 4 tablespoons of olive oil) and drizzle it over the meat and salad. Complete the dish with a fried quail egg.
White wines with a strong personality are made at Tenuta Serra dei Fiori, proposed with a label that symbolises the shared views of the owners – positive views, which merge to form a flower – on the theme of gaming, with the suit and value of playing cards. Il Fiore is the meeting of an international grape, Chardonnay, with a highly original native variety, Nascetta.
Langhe Bianco DOC.
70% Chardonnay and 30% Nascetta (a semi-aromatic native Piedmontese grape variety, with excellent longevity) from the Serra dei Fiori in the municipality of Trezzo Tinella. This land is positioned 400 m above sea level and enjoys southerly exposure. A plant density of 4100 vines per hectare, renewed shoots, permanent natural cover crop, minimal organic fertilisation.
In the Cellar
The whole grapes are tipped into the press and undergo soft pressing. The must is fined, racked and transferred into the fermentation tanks at a temperature between 10 and 15°C. The wine matures in steel for about four months and then in the bottle for a further three months.
Straw yellow colour. A very drinkable wine, with freshness and elegance being its finest qualities. The aromatic and particularly floral entry gives way to a pre-announced mineral expression. Pleasantly fresh and clean on the palate, with persistence and complexity. The more patient wine lover will find it particularly satisfying after a couple of years’ bottle ageing. Pair with lean antipasti, delicate rice and pasta dishes and typically Mediterranean fish dishes.