Posts Tagged ‘Wine’

Mira! Another good rose

Currently ranked #2 for summer rosés at our house, Miraval, by celebrity winemakers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie really is a good one. Nicely produced by Rhone powerhouse Chateau Beaucastel (who just happen to be partner-owners of California’s Tablas Creek), this wine delivers just what you’d expect: a sophisticated summer rose with plenty of flavor,…

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Vesuvio Rosso

Here’s a nice sub-$20 food wine. Nice acid and balance, a little bright cherry and a hint of smoke from the volcanic soil. Pretty ruby color. This could very well be wine that Pompeians drank as the sky darkened and ash began to fall. Or maybe not. But if they did, they’d probably have this…

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What a Jewell

From the Coturri website/order form: Pinot Noir Jewell Vineyards Barry and Kate Roach’s Jewell Vineyard is located on the upper part of Sonoma Mountain. The vines are 55 years old, planted on the classic St. George Root stock and grafted with an old clone, probably from an original Burgundian source. The vines are dry farmed,…

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New World Nebs

Included in our most recent wine club shipment from Lone Madrone was a bottle of their 2004 Nebbiolo. After letting it settle for a week or so, we opened it up on a night we were making a roast chicken and risotto. It was a nice accompaniment, but may actually have been a little too…

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Va va vouvray

Part of the fantastic value Kermit Lynchbox mentioned countless times in previous posts, this is a fine Loire-valley chenin blanc. Not the best white I’ve ever had, but it is something most people don’t drink every day unless you live east of Tours. Well worth a shot if you see it or one of its…

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halibut with chermoula

Chermoula. Tangy, herby, nice. The recipe for this comes from Dinner at the Authentic Cafe (in my recipe book list), and we love it. Find the book online, this recipe alone is worth the $8 or so it will cost you! Chermoula is a Moroccan marinade/paste made up of parsley, cilantro, cayenne, cumin, paprika, garlic,…

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Frappato

Made our old favorite, orecchiette with chard and sausage and was really wanting to have a Passopisciaro with it for dinner. But, we didn’t have any around so I thought another Sicilian wine might fill the fill. Occhipinti is a red blend of nero d’avola and frappato and is very light, crisp and refreshing –…

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A Pair of Songbirds

Out of two successive Kermit LynchBoxes are a pair of really nice Bourgeuils from the same producer, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie. On the left is the Alouettes (red label) and the Beauvais in gold. Both offer up what I would consider to be straightforward, food-friendly wines. Nice with lighter red meat fare, good with roast…

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Roasted tomato sauce & Coturri Barbera

Every now and then, we get an urge to make this really simple Puglian-style roast tomato sauce, served on orecchiette (Little Ears). Prep is quick. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut about 20-25 cocktail size tomatoes. Sometimes called campari tomatoes around here. Put them cut side up in a pan, in more or less a single…

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Domaine Maestracci

All right. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know that I love the Kermit LynchBox #1. To others, this is maybe the November, 2009 Kermit Lynch fall Box. But it was the first time I’d bought from them. Overall, the case of 12 was 10:1:1 ( ten winners, one meh, one…

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