Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It's been a couple weeks since I've cork'd a bottle of vino so I decided tonight was a good night to cork a bottle. In my most recent reading about the Cote-d'Or (Southeastern France), I had decided that my next bottle was to be a Nuits St. Georges. So, I stopped by my go-to wine store today and Tim did not have the Nuits. As always, with a backup choice in mind, I decided on Cotes Du Rhone (aka Hills of Rhone). There are many great Pinots grown and produced in this region.
The 2007 Cellier des Chartreux Côtes du Rhône Chevalier d'Anthelme for ~$20 was the bottle I brought home. This wine has a great balance of fruit and earthiness, blending Olde World and New World, on the nose. The mid-palate is earthiness and plum with a great finish. This wine is a Grenache blend and if you're a fan of Pinots, you'll enjoy this wine as well. Think "Chicken Parm."
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Pro Football is officially underway this Sunday as well as a great second Saturday of college football, all is right with the world now. When the pigskin starts fly'n, the pork starts smok'n, at my homestead anyway. I'm prepared for our first Titans' tailgate tomorrow morning as the Titans host the Raiders @ LP Field. I've smoked 14lbs of Bone-In Picnic Shoulder for BBQ and I'll cap that off this evening by smoking a 5lb stick of Beef Bologna. We'll be eating good tomorrow morning. I may have to try some of this bbq tonight, always taste before serving, with some red zin but tomorrow will be mostly cold beer and cocktails. TITAN UP and Cheers to all football fans...
Friday, September 3, 2010
Charcoal grilled bone-in pork chops, some with bbq sauce, some with pineapple bourbon sauce - grilled french bread & fried squash croquettes. The wine pairing was an '05 Geyser Peak, Alexander Valley, Cabernet ($16 USD). The vino's nose was dark fruit that resembled black cherry and blackberry, nice tannins and a slight hint of dark chocolate on the mid-palate. The finish was fruit and a bit of lingering tannin. Very nice for the price. The desserts were dark chocolate brownie, caramel pecan square and black & white toffee bar. Yes, I just adjusted my belt, one notch, outward. Have a great Labor Day Holiday and Cheers to all...