Archive for July, 2010

Meet the Winemaker & the Chef

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I am collaborating with Trish Coleman of Taste This!, an in home wine tasting service, and Mark Wysling, Owner & Winemaker at Parajeas Cellars, to do a food and wine tasting demonstration this evening.  We have invited 18 guests and I have written a delectable and delicious menu and Trish has paired some of Mark’s 2008 vintages.

Watermelon & Arugula Salad
served with feta cheese, cilantro and a scallion-lime vinaigrette
2008 Riesling

Mojito Sorbet
a palate refresher of lime, mint and white rum

Herb Grilled Lamb Chop
served with baby Summer vegetables and a balsamic syrup
2008 Cinsaut

Raspberry Chocolate Decadence
served with an espresso caramel toupet
2008 Late Harvest Pinot Gris

Wine of the Week

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This week’s wine of the week comes from The Northern Rhone Valley.

Ferraton Pere & Fils 2005 Hermitage (Syrah)

Visual: inky purple with a paler rim, deep core, clear

Nose: jammy fruit, blackberries, white pepper

Palate: medium alcohol, medium-plus acid, blackberries, tobacco, bitter chocolate, cinnamon

Pairing: Venison, Spare Ribs, Lamb, Swordfish, Edam or Gouda

Nice Pair!(ing)

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Summer is here and it is definitely time to BBQ.  Most of the time when searing those succulent, viscid vittles, I am enjoying a beer.  However there are times when the perfect wine pairing will ratchet up the meal to an elegant level that transforms the patio into your own personal sidewalk cafe.  Here is a pairing to assist you with such an aesthetic.

Rosemary Grilled Chicken Breast served with a fresh peach relish paired with a Viogner (vee-oh-NYAY).

This medium bodied, acidic white wine from the Northern Rhône, is fruity and fragrant, with notes of peach, apricot, melon and apple.  The peach notes will be emphasized because of the relish, and the crisp, refreshing apple notes will compliment the grilled flavors quite nicely.

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