I don’t define myself as a
“foodie” but a “Wein [wine] Garten [garden] lover. Still
these days I am heavily into cheese- studying it by taking
classes, reading books and of course eating cheese! As
many WEINGARTEN readers know, there is much beyond the simple
neighborhood concept of Terroir that connects wine and cheese.
I recently incorporated two cheese homework exercises into my
“Why is Wine Special?" workshop:
1] Discover the ideal cheeses to match your favorite wine and 2] Discover which wines match your favorite cheeses. Why?
This is a happy by product of my new association with Artisanal Premium Cheese (AHFP). We hope to help them become the number one premium national brand cheese in America. They have a promising head start as the cheese of choice for many illustrious clients such as Per Se, Picholine, Goldman Sachs, New York Times, NY Stock Exchange etc. This spring Artisanal will be opening the first of their European style cheese cafés in Long Island City. For this reason among others, I have also been recommending their stock to friends and family for aggressive/speculative portfolio allocation. Recall the Peter Lynch dictum- “Invest in what you know and love.”
In future, I plan a regular Cheers & Cheese feature to this newsletter.
1. WINE NEWS & TRENDS
2. WINE & HEALTH
3. WINE 101
4. WINE CALENDAR
5. WINE TASTINGS & EVENTS
6. THIS AND THAT
7. BOOK & WINE REVIEWS
8. WINE QUIZ
4. January 16 50 Great Portuguese Wines 2013 Selection
February 21 2nd Annual New Jersey Winter Wine Festival
GRAND CRUS CLASSES OF SAINT-EMILION: MISSION
November 17 Irene set herself a goal: To find a St. Emilion Grand Cru that she didn’t like.
She succeeded: She found two of the 33 wineries she really didn’t like very much.
Here 2009 were ready to drink, but 2010 was presented with its high acidity to age beautifully.
Speaking of which, the 2010 Magnums were forecast to add 5 years of life.
Two perennial favorites: Chateau Yon Figeac [80 Merlot (M) 20 Cabinet Franc (CF)] and Chateau Le Prieure [both 80 M 20 CF). Personally I am not as much a Merlot lover as Irene, although I did usually prefer the addition of Cab Franc to Merlot.
Discoveries: Couvent Des Jacobins Bio Dynamic[ 75 Merlot & 25 Cab Sauvignon] and Chateau Guadet (80M 20 CF) . Chateau Moulin du Cadet [100M] almost made the grade as did a number of others - Perhaps next year.
Grandes Pagos de España tasting was full of pleasant surprises for Irene:
- A new grape variety, Bobal, caught my attention. Finca Terrerazo 2010, 100% Bobal from Mustiguillo winery is intense yet fresh, with notes of ripe black fruit and a touch of minerality and smokiness.
- Another outstanding single varietal wine represented at the tasting was Estrecho 2010, 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) from Bodegas Enrique Mendoza. The oak notes are beautifully harmonized and complimented by soft tannins and notes of fruit and lavender.
- Mauro VS 2008 is 100% Tempranillo from Bodegas Mauro aged in oak for 33 months. The wine is powerful yet elegant, with juicy fruits on the palate with a hint of balsamic character.
- Pago Calzadilla Gran Calzadilla 2006 is a blend of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 18 months in barriques and 3 years in bottle. The wine is balanced and elegant with notes of dark berries on a spicy background and a touch of graphite.
- Even though Spain is mostly famous for its red wines, Dehesa del Carrizal Chardonnay 2010 was exceptionally good. Aged for 3 month in French oak, the wine is smooth and creamy and extremely food friendly as well.
- In the US, cavas, along
with prosecco, have a reputation for being simple and
inexpensive sparkling wines, perfect for cocktails but hardly
ever special on their own. Trying Recaredo Reserva Particular
2003 definitely breaks that stereotype! This organic and
biodynamic Gran Reserva Brut Nature
6. How money can buy happiness, wine edition
BOOK REVIEW IF A WINE WERE ME, WHICH WOULD IT
BE? Lasaan Georgeson
I very much like the premise of this book- to imagine yourself as a wine. But I find rather than expressing anthropomorphic qualities to each wine, it relapsed into standard wine writer descriptions. I hope the writer does a major rewrite to help newbies discover “their wine personality”. If not, perhaps her next idea will find a more robust expression.
90 Plus Cellars repackages wines from highly rated vintners under the 90 Plus Brand and sells them at a strong discount. I was very impressed with the price/quality ratio of their Lot 23 2012 Malbec. A delicious Malbec from 100 year old vines and selling for $11.99!.
8. T/F Generally Goat’s milk cheese goes well with Sauvignon Blanc
T/F Generally, red wine goes better with hard cheese and white wine with soft cheeses.
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