Tag - Blend

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Domaine De Pajot, Les Quatre Cépages 2013
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Ciconia Touriga Nacional 2012
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A Ms. Child cooking project
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Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah 2013
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Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2013
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Coppola Rosso 2012
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Purple Cowboy Red Blend 2012

Domaine De Pajot, Les Quatre Cépages 2013

France
$10
I’ve been spending more money per bottle lately. Now, either my tastes in wine have changed, or it’s the cost of living increase in the state I now call home. It’s possible that it’s both.

I do have to admit that the $8 a bottle target that I have imposed upon myself has been more difficult to hit since my tastes have grown along with my curiosity. I will continue to aim for $8 but it may end up more around $10, or $12. I just can’t be bound by the price any longer! Well, within reason.

Despite that, I will continue to strive for thrift AND quality.

That said, this latest bottle was a delicious $10 accident. I was returning home from “Mission: Kimchi,” having located a jar at the neighborhood Whole Paycheck, I mean Foods. Between the kimchi pick-up and home I spotted the cute little corner wine shop I only visited once before, Streetcar Wine & Beers, and thought, hey, what goes with spicy pickled cabbage? As one does. So I bee-lined it.

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Ciconia Touriga Nacional 2012

Portugal
$7.99
A nice, inexpensive Portuguese delight. I’ve heard great things about Portugal and I hope to visit soon. Until then I’ll enjoy this small little taste from that part of the world.

I’ll imagined I was enjoying bites of fried Portuguese sausage, Alheira, while I sipped, chugged, gulped down that pretty-darn-good-for-8-bucks bottle of wine.

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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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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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Coppola Rosso 2012

California
Red blend
$8.99
I prepared a simple meal while listening to Liszt, From the Years of Pilgramage and Thelonius Monk, drawing inspiration from the latest Haruki Murakami novel that I’m reading. His stories are always full of delicious meals, drinking, music and long late night conversations. He sounds like one cool cat I’d love to hang with.

Very oaky to start, the wine mellowed with time. The medium body was smooth but still a little tangy with alcohol on the finish and bright around the edges with minerality. Grounded and earthy but not heavy, a nice lightness kept it from dragging too much.

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Purple Cowboy Red Blend 2012

Paso Robles, California
Splurge-y
$9.99
Ride ’em cowboy!! Dark and juicy, the finish on this one lingers nearly as long as those lumbering scenes in Brokeback Mountain — speaking of cowboys.

But maybe this Cowboy was more like the bastard Stark son in Game of Thrones, clad in leather, wielding a sword and reminding you that “winter is coming.”

The first few un-inhibiting glasses of Cowboy may have been the reason I finally succumbed to all the hoopla being made over this damn HBO fantasy drama (I’m hooked and only four episodes into the series AND trying to avoid too many spoilers, so shhhhh).

I’m glad I rode with the Purple Cowboy. By the end of the first episode my purple stained mouth formed a perfect circle in a gasp that nearly sucked in the fluffy tail of my nearby slumbering direwolf — I mean dog.

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