Thursday, June 7, 2012
There has been a spell of great weather lately - clear skies, cool breezes, low humidity. Perfect grilling weather. I found a large pork shoulder roast on sale so the grill got a long workout. The pig was bathed in a dry rub of salt, pepper, brown sugar and a touch of chipotle powder and allowed to marinate for twenty four hours. It went on the grill at a controlled low temperature for six hours over hickory charcoal. Wonderful aromas brought out the neighbors and several were pleading for a bit of the pig. Good stuff.
In keeping with that spirit the wine was a 2008 Michel-Schlumberger Dry Creek Zinfandel, labeled Cochons Sauvages - or wild pigs. The wine had great aromas of blackberries and raspberries. Lots of berries in the taste with some of the prickliness that comes with a good Zin. Good acid and body and Zinfandel tannins built a firm base for the fruit flavors to live on. Very easy wine to drink with some pig.
The photo is a volunteer tiger lily that was unceremoniously removed from it's long stem when it came between a rapidly fleeing squirrel and a pursuing Gordon Setter.
14.9% alcohol and $35