Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wild Pigs

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

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