Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy St. Andrew's Day

A cold, rainy, gray day here in Ohio for St. Andrew's Day. That meant braising something. To make it meaningful for the day we bought a small chuck roast of Highland beef. Rubbed with salt and pepper and thyme it braised away the day in chicken stock, white wine, onions, carrots, celery and a small dash of single malt Scottish whisky - in this case Caol Islay. That lent it an undertone smoky goodness.

There was some freshly made pappardele, a small salad and a wine to complete the meal.

The Gianfranco Alessandria Dolcetto d'Alba for 2007 just hit the market at $14 a bottle. It was bright and refreshing smelling of tart cherries and bright red plums. Good acidity and only a slight kick from tannin made it great with the richness in the beef. It is a lighter version of Dolcetto than the Sandrone discussed below. For the price it's a good wine.

Scott was bored all day as he has only been out for the necessary functions of a dog, but at least the squirrels and birds sequestered themselves for the day as well. Had they made an appearance he would have known it since he spent most of the day at the windows watching for them.

The evening will end with a "not so wee" dram of Lagavulin Distillers Edition. Who cares if it rains?

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