Archive - September 2014

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Teifenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2013
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The Pinot Project 2013
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A Ms. Child cooking project
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Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha 2009
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Tomato-tomahto, let’s call the whole thing a wash
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Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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‘Epilogo’ Sauvignon Blanc-Moscatel 2012
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Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah 2013
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Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2013

Teifenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2013

Italy
Splurge-y
$12.99
It was completely by accident that I learned about Alto Adige wines. A friend on Facebook enlightened me.

After posting yet another annoying photo of the wine I was drinking on Facebook, Twitter AND Instagram (because you just know that everyone’s lives are incomplete without seeing and hearing what wine bottle I’m sadly guzzling down while cooking dinner for one), Jacob commented, “Alto Adige?” And I honestly had to go look at the wine label because I had no idea what in tarnation he was talking about. Sure enough, there it was.

I replied, “Why yes, yes it is Jacob.” And I followed it with another comment, “I assume it means high altitude? Maybe?”

To which he said, “Yup. That’s in them Italian Alps.”

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The Pinot Project 2013

Pinot Noir (duh)
California (kinda also duh!)
$10.99
Lightly Splurge-y
Lots of exciting, big, life decision type stuff going down at Casa Hood Somm. This means there has been less time for writing blogs. Notice that I did not say there was less time for drinking wine, just less time for writing about it. #lush

Reaching the end of the week is tough. Stress is high and the grocery supply is low. But as long as I have a new bottle to open up by Thursday all is good.

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A Ms. Child cooking project

Panarroz 2011
Jumillia, Spain
$6.79
I must have felt like a cooking project. Flipping through “Chapter 7: Meats” of Mastering the Art of French Cooking I quickly picked a new recipe to try. Since almost all of them always sound delicious I figured I couldn’t really go wrong.

And so it was Boeuf A La Catalane (beef stew with rice, onions and tomatoes) that I found myself preparing early Sunday evening while listening to my favorite Beatles albums on shuffle. Past experience has taught me to begin cooking a Julia Child’s recipe early enough to not end up eating dinner at midnight!

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Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha 2009

Calatayud, Spain
Splurge-y
$10.99
The evening after a full moon, on a day when the spirit of fall was tossed about on the wind beneath rolling motley clouds, gray and white, I found myself particularly introspective. Cooking always helps when I find myself in this place, deep in my mind. And if I’m cooking, there’s certainly a freshly opened bottle of wine not far.

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Tomato-tomahto, let’s call the whole thing a wash

Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti Le Orme 2011, $12.49
Zenato Pinot Grigio della Venezie 2013, $8.99
Looks like I’m going off the deep end. No longer content with just knocking back a glass of wine with dinner I am now questioning what wine would go best with my food.

So after coming across what sounded like a really delicious recipe on my Twitter feed for a herbed tomato tart I asked myself, “what kind of wine?”

After a few Google searches and skimming through a wealth of stories on the topic I quickly came to some conclusions on what I would grab off the shelves at the shop. I actually did all of this on my phone while walking up and down the aisles filled with an abundance of choices.

tomato tart

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‘Epilogo’ Sauvignon Blanc-Moscatel 2012

La Mancha, Spain
$7.99
Curiosity about this blend from the Spanish Bodegas Yuntero caused me to pause and consider. Sauvignon Blanc, a favorite, but with Moscatel blended in, 10 percent. Hmm, okay, why not.

For the sake of this blog, which mostly exists to help bring focus to my self-taught wine education and the off-chance that others might benefit or at the very least be entertained, I decided to give it a go.

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Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah 2013

Washington State

$9.99

This winery is delivering the goods at a price range I lurve. Like its rosé brethren, it brought a whole lotta fun to the inside of my mouth.

Leftover beets got tossed into a salad with spinach, olive oil and balsamic. Freshly ground pepper brought out the peppery in the wine.

Tannins present but not overwhelming, dark fruit also raised its hand and said “here.” Some oak was present too. I also picked up a bit of something chocolate-y.

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Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2013

Almansa, Spain
$7.99
Spicy and warm. Like España. Each bottle teaches me something new or recalls a memory, or just really helps me to open up and let the light shine through.

Stone, earth and jam. It’s a blend of Garnacha, Tintorera and Monastrell. There’s an astringent quality due to tannins that must have something to do with its youth. Maybe? Perhaps? Google it.

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