Archive - December 2014

‘Hood eats: Lebanese
Sterling Vintners Collection Meritage 2012
Ali Toscana Sangiovese 2013

‘Hood eats: Lebanese

So many fresh discoveries await my eager-beaver attitude towards this cool little neighborhood where I now live. Effervescent with my ever-growing fondness, and with a brunch buzz, I thought up a new blog feature where I visit all the many dining establishments not far outside my doorstep and pair with them wines for delicious take-out feasts. Here’s the first one.

Cave de Saumur ‘Saumur Blanc’ Lieu-dit Les Pouches 2013
Loire, France
Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez De Haro Crianza Rioja
Lightbulb! Brainstorm! Action! I was on the train returning home from playing tourist in the city I now call home and that sudden, lightening strike of hunger hit the very core of my belly.

The first thing that came to mind was easy, it was the dive-y little hole in the wall in my neighborhood serving up Lebanese fare that I could not stop thinking about. I oh-so desperately was just positively dying to give it a try. That night, I decided, was the night.

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Sterling Vintners Collection Meritage 2012

California, Central Coast
And here I thought that Meritage was a fancy way of saying the wine was a blend. It’s actually so much more. Turns out there’s an alliance even!

The list of shit I don’t know seems to grow exponentially with every year that my wine-soaked liver allows me to live.

The Meritage labeling convention was born out of the frustrations of California wine vintner’s feeling strapped by laws stipulating that wines contain at least 75% of a specific grape be labeled as that varietal. Interest grew in producing Bordeaux-style wine, which are themselves a blend. And so a bunch of wino’s in Cali got together and made up a word by smashing together two other words and an alliance was born. Now, if you want to call a blend of wine a Meritage you just fork over some cash and voila! You have a Meritage wine.

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Ali Toscana Sangiovese 2013

I was supposed to begin a macrobiotic cleanse. My recently stocked fridge was full of healthful foods of all sorts. So how is it that I found myself cooking pasta Bolognese while devouring mouthfuls of bread and cheese? This wasn’t how I expected it to go down.

I’m baaaaaaaack, bitches!

Healthy can wait until tomorrow. I’ve been absent from this blog far too long and I spontaneously decided that it was time for me to make a return to the bologosphere. And so here I am. Ready. A glass of my raison d’être in hand.

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