Friday, November 19, 2010

'07 Carneros Creek Reserve Pinot Noir

Friday evening tapas: '07 Carneros Creek Reserve Pinot Noir: Bing Cherry on the nose, slight hint of oak, mild tannins with a nice finish. Great by itself or with food.

Goat Brie, Tallegio & a Cabot Clothbound Cheddar with a fresh French Baguette alongside Spicy Peach Chutney and fresh Savannah Bee Company honey w/ comb.  The chutney and honey, respectively, paired very well with the three cheeses and the wine.  Cheers to all...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A great Thanksgiving holiday wine...

'05 ELU Meritage from St. Supery

The 2005 √Člu's aromas of plum and black cherry permeate this inky, garnet hued Bordeaux blend. Vanilla and hints of tobacco are present on the long, full finish. This wine is seamless from the beginning to the last sip. This Meritage is a blend of four varietals. This wine has great balance, easy to drink and should go with everything on your Thanksgiving Day table, coffee table or card table.  Cheers to all...

Friday, November 12, 2010

'05 Calandray

This wine is less than $20 and doesn't necessarily need food, it's just a great drinking wine. To me, it's black currant/plum/fig on the nose. The mid-palate is dark fruit with a hint of spice and the finish lingers nicely. The second glass was more mellow than the first, just keeps getting better. Give it a try. Cheers to all...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cornish Hen & Cabernet Franc

Tonight's dinner was Cornish Hen, Roasted New Potatoes and Sauteed Arugula paired with "Hard Row To Hoe's" Cabernet Franc.  This was my first Cornish Hen cooked in the oven.  We placed a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary inside the hen.  The outside was basted in white wine, EVOO and chicken broth.  The hen roasted in the oven @ 425 degrees for 25 minutes and then we lowered the oven temp to  350 for the remaining time.  We cooked the hen to an internal temp of 165 - 170 degrees.
The Cab Franc wine from Hard Row To Hoe paired very well with the Cornish Hen.  And, this was a recommendation from, Judy (vintner @ HRTH).  I don't usually drink a lot of Cab Franc but it was very nice with the hen.  I thought the wine had plum on the nose and after decanting, it was nicely balanced, mild tannins and a great finish.  I would definitely drink this wine again.  Cheers to all at Hard Row.