Another Wine Byte 11: Wines with a Tan

I would also assume that back in my grandmother’s day, the winery owner’s wife had pale skin and the people that harvested the grapes were tan. And the depth of one’s tan indicated one’s station in life. The same might be said of wine. While tannins pucker your mouth, and make it feel like all the moisture is being sucked out, they are considered beneficial in wine. Natural tannins like those found in Cabernet Sauvignon indicate potential longevity and ageability.

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If I want a little Syrah should I order a Petite Sirah?

Wine can seem confusing, which is why so many people stick to Cabernet or Chardonnay, or if they are feeling especially adventurous, a Merlot or a Pinot Gris. When we start drinking wine, just distinguishing between those varietals can be difficult enough, so even more advanced winos can be excused for not being sure what the difference is between Syrah and Petite Sirah, especially when Shiraz gets thrown into the discussion. Before we go any […]

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Restaurant Review: Pope’s Pairings Protect Plonk

The brainchild of Chef Monica Pope t’afia promises “coastal Mediterranean cuisine inspired by local ingredients.” Let me just summarize up front by saying the decor is trendy cafeteria-cool, our waiter was friendly, the food is good, but the place is very loud. Acoustics in t’afia are not conducive to quiet conversation. At least not when sitting on the long communal bench. I could hear the conversations from the tables behind me and beside me, but could not hear my dinner partner sitting across from me.

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Weekend Round-up – Around the Food and Wine Blogs

There have been so many great posts about food and wine around these Interwebs lately that I felt like sharing some. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did. I have not had the time to visit DrinkPlanner lately, which is a shame because I missed his Guide to Drinking Cheap. This is like Kingsley Amis on bum wine. Love this site! Check out this beautiful image Alder posted at Vinography of […]

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Aegean Braised Fish with White Beans and Potatoes

This is a delicious Mediterranean style meal cooked in one pan. The olives give this an amazing flavor and aroma. We paired this with an Alexana Dundee Hills Willamette Valley 2007 Pinot Gris, and it went very well with it. Here is the recipe: Ingredients: About 20-30 baby redskin potatoes, or fewer if larger and halved 1 thinly sliced large sweet onion 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 5 cloves thinly sliced garlic 1 1/2 cup […]

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Off to Birdland

His father died and left him a little farm in New England. All the long black funeral cars left the scene And the boy was just standing there alone Looking at the shiny red tractor Him and his daddy used to sit inside And circle the blue fields and grease the night. It was if someone had spread butter on all the fine points of the stars ‘Cause when he looked up they started to […]

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Click your Heels 3 Times if you’re “Wild at Heart”

It’s the Wizard of Oz for Grownups Love me tender, Love me true, All my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin’ I love you, And I always will. ~ Elvis, Love Me Tender While I was playing on Facebook slaving away at the office, Joe was cooking a fabulous seafood dish.  He sent me a text that we were having “Aegean-braised fish with white beans and potatoes.” Me, always the smartass, asked him if he went […]

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2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah

I love Petite Sirah. It is big, fruity, powerful and typically delicious. The 2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah lives up to that introduction quite well. It is loaded with huge flavors and aromas. If you limit yourself to subtle wines, just keep walking…this one is not for you. But if you love them big, this is your wine. The color is an inky, impenetrable purple that borders on black. Light just […]

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