Fun Food & Wine Pairings
This is a new section that will match simple to make or prepare ideas for your next dinner party.
2 Cheeses (July 2009)
Aged Sharp Cheddar
Sampled with a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Aussie Shiraz
The winner: Cabernet Sauvignon
While the Pinot was a good match I liked how the Sharp Cheddar really softened the tannic structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon
Sampled with Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Aussie Shiraz
The winner: Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is the most versatile red and pairs well with a wide variety of cheeses.
Steak (June 2009)
Everyone who drinks red wine likes steak with it. My friend Matt and I grilled steaks and sampled 2 Bordeaux wines with our rib eyes.
2005 Chateau Tourneffeville Lalande-De-Pomeral $$$
Color: Dark purple
Nose: Truffles, dark cherries, smoke
Taste: Floral, spices, truffles, cherry, chalk
Finish: Good acidity with medium tannins
Evaluation: Great wine for the money 93 points
2000 Les Gartieux De Pichon LaLande Pauillac $$$
Color: Medium purple
Nose: Raspberries, dust, mushrooms, tobacco
Taste: Cherry, dust, mushrooms, some sweetness, mild tannins
Finish: Elegant and soft at this stage.
Evaluation: A steal at $26 at Wine Streets on sale 91 points
I enjoyed the Tourneffeville better with the steaks as it had more tannic quality. The more aged Bordeaux would have worked well with a Pork Tenderloin.
Chicken Kabobs (July)
A healthy alternative to meat kabobs. What wine to try with onions, potatoes, peppers and spice seasonings? Pinot Noir
We sampled 2 $25 retail Pinot Noirs (one from Oregon and one from California)
While both were nice on their own the Stangeland was a clear winner in my book.
2006 Wildhorse Central Coast Pinot Noir $$$
Color: Light purple
Nose: Floral, raspberries
Taste: Sweet fruits with floral and minerals
Evaluation: 86 points
2005 Stangeland Stand Sure Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $$$
Color: Medium purple
Nose: Mushroom, pepper, raspberries
Taste: Earth dominated with pepper, mushroom, mineral, and some raspberries
Finish: Medium and multi layered flavors
Evaluation: A well made wine with five more years of enjoyment 89 points