"After all tomorrow is another day"..... Vivian Leigh. Gone With the Wind
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
Wine gives a man nothing... it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.
Calamari and bay scallops, spring onions and zucchini as a fritto misto. Good food - better wine.
2009 Kinkead Ridge, Ohio River Valley Viognier Rousanne. 14.2% alcohol and $16
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The wine got four hours in a decanter before dinner, though there was a small sample taste when decanting. That sample taste was very closed and offered little in the way of aroma and only basic fruit and tannin in the taste. The four hours in the decanter totally transformed the wine.
When the lamb chops (pictured below) and pasta, filled with pureed asparagus and Gruyere cheese, was ready so was the wine. There were strong and beautiful aromas of freshly crushed red cherries and darker berries. There was a not too dry aroma of clean earth as well. The wine was fully colored and dark in the glass. The taste was a total balance between red cherries, a few berries and a much darker flavor of cassis. There were ample tannins, but they were certainly not harsh. They gave a great structure to the wine and left a sensation of graphite on the finish. This wine was excellent from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. Despite the luscious fruit this wine stayed more to the savory side of life and with the lamb it was near perfect.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
An empty glass waiting for something wonderful.
It's the last Saturday in February and that means it is Open That Bottle Night, a night to open a bottle that has been saved for a special occasion that never seems to come. Tonight is that occasion. We'll have a complete report tomorrow, but in the mean time "open that bottle."
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
“I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream. I know the delicate art and mystery of so cracking hickory nuts and walnuts on a flatiron with a hammer that the kernels will be delivered whole, and I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting, and juggle an evening away before you know what went with the time.” Mark TwainA glass of Christian Drouin Sparkling Cidre.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The color was a beautiful pale gold and the cider smelled like fresh baked apple pie with slight hints of smoke. The taste was tart and fresh with just a suggestion of sweetness. The bubbles added another great dimension.
Just about a perfect drink for the pork and apples. It was light enough in alcohol (4.5% ABV) that it remained refreshing throughout dinner, and there was a glass to sip with some Gruyere cheese after dinner.
Christian Drouin Sparkling Cidre. 4.5% alcohol and $9. Very much a bargain.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
It has been a year or so since I opened a bottle of this wine, and this was the first time I drank the 2010 vintage. No disappointments at all. There was a ton of fruit, that sense of dry, Tuscan earth and the acid and crispness that keeps things in balance. Bursting with fruit on the front of the tongue, it moved seamlessly to the tannin on the side of the tongue and the wonderful crisp finish on the back. There was a small bit of bitterness in the back of the throat, but that was still me recovering from the recent palate collapse and not the wine. The neighbor didn't notice the bitterness at all.
I have never been disappointed with a bottle of Fontodi Chianti Classico, and that string of delicious wines continued with this bottle.
2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico. 14% alcohol and $35.