Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2015 Clos Signadore "A Mandria di Signadore" Patrimonio

Last night I attended an island wine tasting at one of my favorite wine stores here in the city, Verve.  The lovely wine director of Blue Hill led us through 5 wines from the islands of Corsica, Spain, and Greece.    

I really loved all the wines, but my favorite of the night was the 2015 A Mandria di Signadore Patrimonio from Clos Signadore.  I must be on a roll with Corsican wines!  

Founded in Corsica in 2001, the winery is a champion of native Corsican grapes and organic farming.  This wine is made from a blend of 8-50 year old vines of Nielluccio (an indigenous grape closely related to Sangiovese).  The wine is aged in stainless steel which really allows the fruit+savory notes to shine through.  The nose had a very savory, olive tapenade /shoe leather aroma while the palate was full of bright red fruits, sour cherries and a slightly herbacious/savory finish.  An easy drinker that would take you right through spring!    

Wine:  2015 Clos Signadore "A Mandria di Signadore" Patrimonio
Purchased:  Verve
Price:  $38

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2016 Clos Canarelli Rose

Pizza and wine, is there anything better for a Sunday night at home?  Well, cheese and wine also rank pretty highly in my book, and pasta and wine, and, well, pretty much wine and carbs in general!

As we patiently wait for spring to arrive for good here in NYC, I'm pretending it's patio season and busting out the rose (even if it's inside with the heat on).  I was recently gifted this bottle of 2016 Clos Canarelli Rose and decided to pair it with pizza!  

Hailing from the region of Figari in the southern tip of Corsica, Clos Canarelli is run by second generation son Yves, who in 1993 took over the family vineyard and converted to organic, natural, biodynamic farming and wine making, highlighting native Corsican varietals.  The wine is a blend of Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu, and Grenache grapes.  Yves uses only native yeasts and whole cluster fermentation, really letting the wine do it's thing!  The result is a luscious, bright wine, with a strong mineral backbone, largely from the rich red alluvial and granite soil in which the grapes are grown.  A slight hint of melon and citrus with an air of salinity on the palate make this a pretty easy-drinker. 

Wine:  2016 Clos Canarelli Rose
Purchased:  Gifted
Price:  $36

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2008 Le Vallon de Barde-Haut

This 100% Merlot from St. Emilion in Bordeaux was the other star of our Easter dinner last month.  

A quick reminder on Bordeaux wines:  the region is comprised of the "right" and "left" banks of the Gironde River.  St. Emilion is part of the right bank.  The distinction generally regulates which type of grapes are grown and the terroir comprising that area.  The right bank vineyards are predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes while the left bank is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon.  Wines from the region can be blends of the 5 typical Bordeaux varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec).

It was juicy and fruity, more red fruit driven, with a hint of vanilla and spice on the finish.  Fine tannins rounded out the palate making it a very enjoyable wine to drink now.  

Wine:  2008 Le Vallon de Barde-Haut Merlot
Purchased:  Gifted
Price:  $30

Friday, April 28, 2017

Restaurant Round Up - April Eats

I'm trying something new here and sharing highlights of restaurants I tried and dishes I ate over the past month.  In NYC there's never a shortage of new places to try (I have an Excel spreadsheet to prove it) but sometimes it's hard to resist the draw of revisiting old favorites.

King - A delicious, simple meal with showcasing outstanding quality ingredients, and great wine too!

Sauvage - one of the best salads I've ever had (bitter radicchio with toasted ras el hanout), cauliflower, and rabbit were all standouts.

Sushi West - this has been my go-to sushi spot for over 7 years but I had almost forgotten about it.  A revisit proved it's just as good as ever and fair priced which is often hard to find with sushi.

Finally tried Dizengoff in Chelsea Market - have been back several times since.  It really is that good!

For Easter Sunday, we brunched at Joseph Leonard, a West Village standby.  I've favored Jeffrey's Grocery (from the same owners) over the years but am so glad we ventured across the street.  The Bloody Cesar is made better with bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts, all tied up in a beautiful bouquet on the bar.  We splurged for the fried chicken brunch for 2 (which easily fed 4).   

Enjoyed a celebratory cocktail at The Up & Up.  The door staff makes it feel a bit like Fort Knox getting in but once you're there, settle in for some delicious drinks.  

Everyone raves about the cronut but this little PB & J bostock was one of the best pastries I've ever had from Dominique Ansel.  And you can skip the cronut line for this and other pastries (also try the Kouign Amann)!  

A quick lunch on the Upper West Side at White Gold.  They're known for their kimchi hotdog, which was good (spicy!) but the rest of the meal felt a bit like a rip off.

They just opened a Milk Bar in the West Village, dangerously close to my apt.  I'm not a fan of the "cereal milk" flavor but love the "crack pie" - make sure you get the crunchy cornflakes (I went halfsies with chocolate chips) as a topping on whichever flavor you choose!

I'd love to know, what spots are top of your list??

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2013 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge

I'm sure I'm not the only one who regularly associates Sancerre with white wine (Sauvignon Blanc specifically) but I recently had my world expanded when I tried this Sancerre Rouge from Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy!  Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this is a great place to look for "bargain" Pinot Noir vs. better known regions in Burgundy.  

The Domaine is located in the eastern region of the Loire in the village of Verdigny with vines over 30 years old.  It was a bright, cherry red color, almost translucent in the glass.  Tart fruit notes blended with a bit of earthiness and spice made it a very food-friendly wine. 

We enjoyed this wine over dinner at the newish King restaurant on the boarder of Soho in NYC.  Our meal was delicious, despite a few service missteps.  I broke convention and paired a red wine with a beautiful halibut and radicchio dish, while stealing bites of a perfectly cooked hanger steak with bitter greens.   
Such gorgeous "Millennial Pink" radicchio!

Wine:  2013 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge
Purchased:  King, NYC
Price:  $27 retail

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2011 Wild Hog Vineyard Pinot Noir

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend!  We hit both holidays with a Passover Seder on Friday night in Connecticut and hosted Sunday night Easter dinner back at home.  Did you know that most of the world celebrates Easter with a traditional lamb dish but in America ham takes center stage?  We debated the two but went with this lamb recipe and it was absolutely delicious!  Our friends brought over one of my favorite wines, the 2011 Pinot Noir from Wild Hog Vineyards, it was a perfect pairing with the lamb. 

The lamb took center stage but we accompanied it with a spring herb salad with buttermilk dressing and roasted cauliflower with browned butter, capers and fried sage.
I was first introduced to Wild Hog by these same friends back in November for Friendsgiving (also a perfect pairing wine) and was immediately hooked.  They are a small, family owned and operated winery located in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation of the Sonoma Coast.  The grapes are farmed organically and picked by hand, production is small and limited.  

The 2011 Pinot Noir was like the best version of bright, fresh, cherries on a warm summer day.  Light, bright, perfect acidity and balance, yet juicy and mouthwatering, making it an easy drinker.  There was a hint of spice and an earthiness on the palate which made for a nice balance with the herbs in the lamb.  These friends are invited back any time if they continue to share this wine with us!!   

It wasn't me!

Wine:  2011 Wild Hog Vineyard Pinot Noir
Purchased:  gifted by a friend
Price:  $27-$30 retail

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2014 "Zephyr's Block" Fogline Vineyards Chardonnay

I recently started off a Friday night with this Chardonnay from Fogline Vineyards.  The winery is located on the Sonoma Coast, with the Chardonnay growing at the fog line of 850 ft elevation.  The microclimate includes warm days and cool nights with wind and coastal fog, the perfect conditions for prime-time Chardonnay!

It was a great wine to start the night.  bright citrus on the nose and a palate bursting with crisp apple and pear notes.  It was almost a bit too tart for me as I tend to like a more creamy mouthfeel, but again as an aperitif wine, it was great.

Purchased:  At Winery
Price:  $38

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