Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - How To Taste Wine (Like You Know What You're Doing)

This week, I was honored to share my simple tips and tricks for wine tasting 101.  I say this with one caveat:  there's a time and a place for focusing on the tasting process and there's another time and place for crushing rose to the face, I leave it to you to decide when, where, and how but at least you have these building blocks from which to lay a foundation of wine knowledge!

Head over to my friend Emily's blog for the full article

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2012 Telmo Rodriguez "Gazur" Ribera Del Duero

This might just be one of my favorite wines in recent memory.  The perfect Sunday night accompaniment to our Mediterranean feast that included this chicken recipe with fresh pita and the most insane hummus from Dizengoff (the hype is real, this s*it is so insanely good)!

100% Tempranillo that is hand-picked, fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts and aged in cement tanks for 6 months, I imagine this wine was a bit rough with so little aging but 4+ years later it's deliciously smooth with bright red fruit and hints of spice (cinnamon especially which really sang with the shawarma spices!).   

Sadly I think this may have been a random bottle in our local wine shop, I'm going to have to call asap and buy every last bottle they have in stock!  This wine was so delicious yet didn't break the bank, a perfect "house wine" to have at the ready!

Wine:  2012 Telmo Rodriguez "Gazur" Ribera Del Duero
Price:  $18
Purchased:  Verve Wine

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2014 Domaine Bergeret Christian Et Fille Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge

I can't keep up with this weather, today it's 60 degrees and last weekend might have been the coldest I've ever been in my 8 years in NYC!  On Friday night I had ambitions to finish up a leftover bottle of sub-par Pinot Noir and test out a classic Burgundian winter dish, Coq Au Vin, the epitome of cozy!  

While we used the sub-par Pinot for the cooking wine, we opened up this 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge from Domaine Bergeret Christian.  Chassagne-Montrachet is more classically know for Chardonnay, so it was interesting to try a red wine (made of Pinot Noir grapes) from the region.  Upon first opening, all I could smell and taste was alcohol.  We decanted twice before pouring back into the bottle and letting it breath a bit before trying again.  Once we sat down to dinner, the wine had completely changed.  Now instead of purely alcohol, the nose was full of bright red strawberry bandaids!  I say that in the best way as I'm a fan of Brettanomyces.  There was lots of acid but balanced fruit, it was light and bright, but it definitely had a certain "funk" to it, not bad, just different. 

Not the most appealing dish to photograph but overall flavor was delish once we got it right!

Now for the Coq Au Vin, this is the first time that Ina let me down!  Her recipes are usually a home run but this one, not quite so.  We salvaged it and the overall flavors were really good, but cooking time took twice as long as stated.  If you want to give it a try yourself I'd make the following changes:  double the amount of bacon or use pancetta, use skin-on thighs vs. a whole chicken as the dark meat was significantly better than the white, make sure you brown the chicken very well otherwise you will get grayish-purple boiled chicken, double the mushrooms, and reduce the amount of liquid (wine + chicken stock) by at least half a cup, after the recommended cooking time it was extremely watery, we ended up boiling off and reducing for an additional 45 minutes to get a thicker sauce.   

Price:  $35
Purchased:  Verve Wines

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - Riddling Widow NYC

My affinity for Champagne continues!  I recently checked out Riddling Widow, an underground Champagne parlor in Greenwich Village.  I emailed in advance for a reservation per their website, but not sure that's entirely necessary as it was rather empty the night we visited.  

They offer a range of sparklers by the glass as well as bottles and small bites.  I loved how they broke down the by the glass options into tasting profiles.  I am particularly into the yeasty, bone-dry notes of Blanc de Blancs and while they didn't have that specifically on offer, the server steered me to the "green apple" brut by Didier Grappe.  A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Savagnin, the wine is organic and natural, produced in the Jura region of France.    

It had that dry freshness and yesty-ness that I love in Champagne, tiny bubbles, and definitely hit the bright green apple notes of the description.  

While the decor could certainly use some help (I felt like I was in a mix between a private room at a strip club and an 80's living room) I would recommend stopping by to expand your knowledge of sparkling wine.

Wine:  Didier Grappe "The Clash" Brut
Purchased:  Riddling Widow, NYC
Price:  $29 retail

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