Thursday, February 23, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Heavy, heavy fog rolled into this area overnight but the resident canine and I went to for our walk along the Great Miami River anyway. We were the only somewhat domesticated creatures around. Everyone else stayed home.
Nonetheless a good walk and a peaceful way to start one's day.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Nature has many scenes to exhibit, and constantly draws a curtain over this part or that. She is constantly repainting the landscape and all surfaces, dressing up some scene for our entertainment. Lately we had a leafy wilderness; now bare twigs begin to prevail, and soon she will surprise us with a mantle of snow. Some green she thinks so good for our eyes that, like blue, she never banishes it entirely from our eyes, but has created evergreens. ~Henry David Thoreau
Friday, February 10, 2017
The above bottle recently came to my doorstep - a Springbank 10 year old malt from Campbeltown in the extreme southwest of Scotland. It is not a Diageo brand. It will probably be followed by a Lagavulin of either 8, 12 or 16 years of age, which is a Diageo whisky. Full details in a future post.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Not only is the label on the wine colorful, but the meal was also. Both were delicious as well, though no picture of the meal exists because it was eaten without the thought of photography.
The wine in question was a 2011 Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese from the Mosel region of Germany. The Merkelbach brothers (Rolf is also credited on the label) make some of my favorite, affordable Rieslings and this one is certainly no exception.
First there was a hint of kerosene, but that blew off quickly. Next was citrus aromas and a definite suggestion of spring flowers in bloom. Citrus and crisp apple flavors were primary, but there was an underlying sense of minerality that moved this beyond the ordinary. There was a bit a sweetness on the finish but the acid in this wine kept it from being the primary feature.
Dinner was stir fried lamb, asparagus and red peppers all flavored with dried chilies, garlic and ginger and finished in a sauce of mostly hoisin sauce. Simple, easy, colorful and delicious.
The bit of sweetness in the wine was just about perfect for the heat from the dried chilies. Each gave the other some balance. Wonderful stuff. One more in the cellar.
2011 Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese. 9.5% alcohol and $21
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
It was exactly as I expected - full of earthy fruit and sharp acid that cut through the richness of the steak which was grilled over an oak fire. The fruit in the wine was a good match with the oak from the steak. There was nothing serious about this wine, it just said 'drink me and enjoy.' We did.
2014 Franco Sera Barbera D'Alba. 13% alcohol and $12.
Monday, January 30, 2017
We saw several Eastern Bluebirds, a bird rarely seen in this area in winter. They are usually seen south of the Ohio River in the winter. I was surprised and skeptical but an internet search revealed that several other people had seen the birds in this area. Perhaps an early spring is in store.