Tag - Red

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Dupeuble Beaujolais 2013
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‘Hood eats: Lebanese
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Sterling Vintners Collection Meritage 2012
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Ali Toscana Sangiovese 2013
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Ciconia Touriga Nacional 2012
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Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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A tale of two Chianti’s
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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

Dupeuble Beaujolais 2013

France
$14
There are times when edgy, mind-expanding contrast between food and wine is what feels right for you in that moment, with that meal, during that experience — whatever. And there are times when what feels good is a perfectly harmonious moment that pleasantly swaddles you comfortably.

That was the realization I had in between slices of pizza — while finishing off a bottle of Tempranillo Rioja — and the ecstatic cork popping of a newly opened bottle of Beaujolais. Two experiences, one pizza.

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‘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
$12
Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez De Haro Crianza Rioja
Spain
$10
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
$7.99
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

Italy
$8.99
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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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 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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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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