Tag - Pairing

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A tale of two Chianti’s
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Tomato-tomahto, let’s call the whole thing a wash
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Ravenswood Zinfandel 2012
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Wine and a Movie Night #2
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La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013
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Las Reñas Macabeo 2012
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Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir

A tale of two Chianti’s

Italy
Folnari Chianti 2012, $7.99
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2009, $15.99
A good pairing is a good pairing, no matter who or what the duo.

When  paired with the salty, nutty, hard but crumbly Parmigiano Reggiano these wines made for a classic coupling. Like Bacall and Bogart.

Like Bacall the wine was smooth and supple. Like Bogart the cheese was powerful and dominating. Together they formed a delicate and delicious balance.

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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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Ravenswood Zinfandel 2012

California
$8.99
Not like other Zins I’ve had that clobber you over the head with obvious heavy-handedness.

Make no mistake, Ravenwood Zinfandel packs a punch of dark fruity goodness but there’s a more nuanced brightness that rises out of the finish. I never understood what exactly it meant when a wine was described as “spicy.” I forget that the language used to describe wines is to be evocative, not literal.

In this Ravenswood Zin I came to better understand “spicy” as a tasting note — it’s more the sensation you feel in your mouth, it’s similar to when you eat spicy or peppery foods.

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Wine and a Movie Night #2

‘The Skin I Live In’ // Monte Oton Granacha 2013
Spanish
$6.99

This is the second installment of a fun new twist that brings together two of my favorite things, wines and movies. Just for kicks I will occasionally pair a wine with a movie. Your suggestions are welcome.

The Spanish film, The Skin I Live In, told an intoxicating story of obsessive love, betrayal, sex and murder. The Spanish wine that accompanied it told a sexy tale of its own.

This bottle was full of the earth and dark fruits. Thick, heavy smells and flavor, deep and sensual. The finish was long-lasting and lingered in your mouth and nose the way really great sex does. Man, I love a good Spanish Garnacha.

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La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013

Cotes du Ventoux, France
$7.99

Great value!!! Buy it.

I am ON BOARD with this rosé shizz. Fo sho y’all! I mean!!

Last night, after a most craptastic day earning the Benjamin’s, I had myself a whole lotta fun bringing all kinds of pleasure to my mouth. Okay, that sounds weird.

But seriously, (and drum roll please) I am officially a rosé convert. Was the wine that Jesus served at that magical meal a rosé? Because it should have been. Right? Whatever. Never you mind, I’m delirious with the this great big new-found love for rosé. Blinded by the pink light.

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Las Reñas Macabeo 2012

Bullard, Spain
$6.00
T he flipside to a “meh” bottle is that trying new things helps you figure out what you don’t like. This wine is not bad, it’s just not for me.

Sweet and youthful, it’s uncomplicated, wholesome and innocent. More like poodle skirt wearing Sandy at the beginning of Grease than ciggie smoking, leather-clad slutty Sandy at the end. Some bottles give you that entire arc from the opening cork-pop to its transformation by the end, when you’ve reached those last few precious drops. But this bottle is NOT that girl.

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Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir

Valle Central, Chile
$7.99
The wine was just fine. But together with the cheese it was hand-clappingly delicious. Even the cheese on its own was fine, an inexpensive grocery store French Bucheron cheese, but it was the combo that made it.

I cooked, ate cheese and drank wine until I nearly finished the bottle! I had to will myself to leave enough for a glass to drink with dinner.

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