Sunday, October 24, 2010

White Chicken Chili & Red Zins

A Zinful weekend...
Started out with friends over this past Friday night for the Yankees - Rangers game. We had a fire and HDTV on the deck as well as our Chicken Chili and Zinfandel. It was a great evening for a fire and my wine stays the right temp as well. It's the little things... Even though I'm a Red Sox fan, our Yankees' fans friends were quite disappointed with the outcome. There's heartbreak with every season. Nevertheless, it was a great evening to be outside enjoying the Fall weather. Cheers to all...

Monday, October 11, 2010

13th Anniversary: Venge's Sangiovese & Beef Fillet

Our 13th wedding anniversary today.  And, since Venge's wines have been a go-to for us since visiting in '06, I thought we should have a bottle tonight.  The meal:  beef fillets (pan seared and grilled), broccoli casserole and grilled French bread.  The wine:  '07 Atlas Peak Sangiovese from Venge Vineyards.  This is a big boy @ 15.5 alcohol @ ~$30.  After corking the bottle and pouring a small pour, the first sniff told me that it was definitely 15.5.  So, we decanted it for 45 minutes or so and it has become much more balanced now.  It's showing some nice fruit on the nose.  The tannins continued to soften over time and the mid-palate show a little earthiness and terroir, to me.  The Atlas Peak has a nice lingering finish and should pair very well with tonight's meal.  Cheers to all.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010