Thursday, November 27, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
It would have been easy to overwhelm this meal with a big red wine so I opted for a 2012 Cave de Lugny, Macon Lugny, Les Charmes, a modest white burgundy. There was nothing fancy here, just a simple and crisp chardonnay without any pretensions. Tart and lemony with touches of white pepper it made a perfect dance partner for the veal and mushrooms.
The wine and the meal were simple,easy and quite tasty.
2012 Cave de Lugny, Macon Lugny, Les Charmes. 13.5% alcohol and $15.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The wine was a 2012 Benanti Rosso di Verzella Etna Rosso fresh from the slopes of Mt Etna in Sicily. It is a blend of two new grapes to add to the list of wine grapes I have tasted - Nerello Mascalese (80%) and Nerello Cuppiccio (20%).
There was spaghetti with meat sauce and pepperoni and it was time for a simple, Italian red wine to wash it down. In that context this wine was almost perfect. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of tart cherries jumped out of the glass when the wine was poured into it and sipped. Those aromas and tastes just kept on giving with more swirling.
The wine was light in color like Nebbiolo, tart with cherries like a Chianti and had a mouth feel like a not too serious Valpolicella. On the finish its tannins gripped the sides of the mouth like a Langhe Nebbiolo, but added a bit of the earthiness of a Chianti. Definitely an Italian red wine and definitely delicious and happy.
One bottle will be put away for a time as an experiment, but this wine is so delicious to drink now that the other two will not last long. It's also affordable.
2012 Benanti Rosso di Verzella Etna Rosso. 14% alcohol and $15.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
To quote the can:
This hoppy, red ale balances crisp hops with juicy malts like a well worn flannel embraces the cold, early, dark days of winter.The photo is from three days ago, but the weather is definitely un-sunny. It is cold, gray and overcast and we are expecting the first snowfall of the season this weekend. I'm going to need a lot of flannel.
Rhinegeist Dad. Red Ale - 6% alcohol.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
2003 Clarendon Hills Astralis. 14.5% alcohol and about $250.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
The local market has been overflowing with fresh mushrooms lately and I have been unable to resist most of them. Pictured here are fresh, golden chanterelle mushrooms which wound up sauteed in butter and then tossed with pasta and cheese and served alongside a rack of lamb. There have been king trumpet mushrooms on a pizza, fresh porcini in risotto and white beech mushrooms in a salad.
The first few days of November are for mushrooms what the last few days of March are for lettuce, spinach and early herbs from the garden. And due in tomorrow are fresh hen of the woods mushrooms. The last bounty of the year.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
I'm happy to report that she is definitely a kitchen dog and has been named sous chef for her skills of quickly cleaning up anything that falls to the floor. She is also very attentive to the tree where the squirrels hang out, which is where her two predecessors spent a good deal of time.
Life is good.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Very dark wine and the aromas were all about ripe, red cherry fruit and dry Tuscan earth. Lots of wines are earthy but, to me, there is a certain uniqueness to the Chianti region earth.
At seven years out from the vintage the tannins had mellowed somewhat in this wine and the fruit was really shining in the taste as well as the aromas. Great depth and length to the wine.
With a plate of sauteed, fresh Chanterelle mushrooms surround by some strozzapreti pasta and topped with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano the wine was even better. The earthy flavors in the wine and the same flavors in the mushrooms complimented each other, while the fruit just highlighted the cheese. Good meal - great wine.
2007 Fattoria di Felsina Beradenga Chianti Classico Riserva, Rancia. 14% alcohol and $40.
Monday, November 3, 2014
The 2011 Kinkead Ridge White Revelation went nicely with the noodles, which weren't too spicy. It went even better with the sauteed scallop appetizer on Saturday. The 2011 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc was excellent with the small steak with a cherry sauce underneath, and just as good with a simple chicken dish on Sunday night.
2011 Kinkead Ridge White Revelation. 13.5% alcohol and $14
2011 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc. 13.8% alcohol and $21.