Monday, December 15, 2008

A Flamingo, Santa Claus & Good Wine

"Things" are arriving in the mail for Christmas and pictured above is an ornament for the tree from friends in Illinois. Since it has been awhile since there was a flamingo on site this seemed like a good time to put up a photo. They also sent Scott an ornament of a tree rodent (squirrel).

Yesterday was unseasonably warm and it warmed up even more over night to nearly 60 degrees. That is all changing as temps are due to fall into the 30 degree range by evening.

Since it was good weather the grill was in use yesterday for a small ribeye steak from a bison. Bison meat is available in the local market again so it was the meat of choice for the day. Grilled to the rare side of medium rare over a hot fire and finished with crumbled Maytag blue cheese it was tender and delicious.

The wine was a 2007 Petraio, a Nero D'Avola wine from Sicily. Bright ruby purple in the glass it smelled of red plums just before they turn purple. Lots of those red plums in the taste along with some tart cherries. There was decent acid for a hot weather wine and nice gripping tannin. The finish left a little to be desired, but overall it was a pleasant wine that reminded me, as I learned that is should, of a young syrah. For $8.50 it was a good wine.

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