Dinner Party at Home – Asian Theme… kind of 3/28/2015

Yellow curry on the stove
homemade double boiler to melt chocolate

My roommates must enjoy that fact that I’m taking this class, since all I ask from them is to eat food and drink wine.  Our meal was pretty simple, I made a salad, yellow curry and for dessert I made chocolate covered strawberries.

I’ll run though them in the order they were eaten:
First the chocolate covered strawberries were eaten along with an apple wine with dragon fruit flavoring. It is called Puff  with a picture of a dragon on the bottle. The wine worked really well with dessert, a sweet apple wine along with chocolate and  strawberries. There was no wine and no dessert left.

Then we all skipped the salad for now for the main course. A Thai yellow curry with chicken, carrots, onions, and potatoes. All of the served over rice and paired with an Argentine white wine. The wine is 90% Torrontes and 10% Savignon Blanc. I had two bottles of this wine and I tasted the first bottle at the very begining of the semester and found it over sweet and not that good, but will you pair it with a spicy curry; it makes all the difference.I think this pairing alone opened my eyes to the whole concept of food and wine pairing.

Lastly we ate the salad along with a Portuguese red wine. I think it wasn’t the best pairing but it worked, because the dressing in the salad was a sesame sweet Asian dressing in it. I think the sweetness of the dressing did help again the dryness of the wine.As a stand alone wine, I didn’t care for it but with the salad I thought it was better. 

Our meal and wine for the evening

My two roommates acting dapper and fancy before our meal.  Then another friend took the picture of the three of us.  I had a good time cooking and pairing the wines to our meal. I’m already looking forward to the next one… I’m thinking Hawaiian since I miss the food from my time on the island.

Wine Tasting Vintage Cellar 3/26/2015

Thank you Vintage Cellar for doing this for us every week. This was a good week for me in the terms of the wine tasting. I enjoyed most of the wines. Let’s get to it. 

Villa Jolanda BrutThis wine fruity, light and crisp. I found it quite tasty. Once again I run into this problem; I have too many wines in my apartment to justify buying more. But one of these days.It did have a slight burn on the finish, but unlike most wines with a burn I didn’t mind it as much. 
 

I really liked the nose on this wine, it was really sweet smelling. I can’t really say what it was exactly, but it was sweet and I really enjoyed it. As soon I as tasted the wine, it felt like a weight was in my mouth, and don’t mean it in a bad way. The wane was really full-bodied. I really enjoyed that and it was the first time I could remember feeling the weight of the wine in my mouth. 
 There was something weird about this wine… well to me. There was no smell at all, it was like I was about to taste water. But as soon as I drank it, all I could feel was my mouth was dry as a bone with a very tart taste. Of the five wines I tasted, this was the most closed. I wonder what this wine would be like if I opened it and left it on the counter overnight?

 

 
The one thing I remember from this wine was that there was some unknown off putting thing. After looking at the tasing notes, I think it might have been the earthy notes in the taste that might have been. It also had a burn that I did not like. I’ve heard a lot of good things from sangiovese grapes so I think I’ll try another vineyard and see.
Bolla 1.5L Moscato
I really liked the moscato, it had a great nose on it. It had hints of fruit but also notes of grass. I really enjoyed it, and it had a clean sweet taste. I think if you like to have mimosas with brunch that you could substitute this wine for the champagne, or just drink this wine instead.  I would have picked up this wine except for the fact that it is 1.5 liters of wine. Way too much for just me.  
 Thank you for taking the time to read. Now that you went through this, now go drink some wine. 
Allan   

Wine Tasting 3/19/15

Once again a big thank you to the Vintage Cellar for doing this for us. Another week down, more wine to drink.

This wine was nice, it had a nice color and a nice pear taste. It did have a light burn to it, but I think that is more to me than to the wine itself. I think I would like to try more pinot grigios in the future.

This wine had a nice finish, but lets go back to how I got to that nice finish. It was a strong fruity nose on this wine, I actually tasted some cherry in this wine. Looking at the color of the wine, you can tell that it wasn’t oaked since it is so clear.

  
Bodegas Atalaya Laya
Where do I start? This wine is for someone but it is not for me. I loved the color of the wine but that is all I loved about it. All I got from the wine was pine needles, black pepper and burning. It was like if someone poured black pepper into glass filled it with water then put a pine car freshener on top. This is not my cup of tea.   
 
  
 The red color of this wine was beautiful, I enjoyed the dryness of this wine, which is weird for me but I liked it. I guess because it was just dry enough. It had the normal fruitiness to it, but it also had a smokiness to it. And a very little hint or tar. I could get behind this wine. 
 
Villa Pozzi Moscato
You know me and the sweet wines, I just can’t help but enjoy them. This one very fruity, I tasted some strawberry in it, and the nose smelled like a sweet perfume. It had what appeared to be a little bit of sparkle in the wine. Tasting this wine reminded me of cherry sprite, just with alcohol.   


  
 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and, have fun and drink some wine.

Allan

Wine and Cheese Pairing

The other night, last Wednesday my roommates and I went over to the market to get groceries  for dinner. I grabbed some cheeses (among other things)  When we return home, I started cooking food for another day, then started chopping up the cheese and pulling out the wine.
The cheeses:

  • Goat Cheese
  • Five Counties Cheese
  • Le Gruyere

The Wines:

  • Match Book Old Head Chardonnay
  • Tres Ojos Garnacha
  • Petrucco Colli Orientali Del Friuli Ribolla

 The way I did it was in a round robin fashion. I started with one wine and worked around the cheeses. Cause if you only go with the suggested pairing you might miss something great.
I started with the chardonnay. It was pretty light so the cheese overpowered it. I did enjoying it with the gruyere but, the five counties cheese really overpowered the wine. And the goat cheese with the chardonnay was ok, not really much to say about it.

Next was the garnacha, I made the mistake? of trying this wine without the cheese first. It is very loaded with tannins, my mouth felt as dry as a summer day in the Valley (yes that is a LA joke) But like adding milk to a strong black tea, all the cheeses changed this wine immensely. It went from drinking astringent to drinking wine.  I think this is a wine that is not made to be served alone. It needs something with it.

The last wine was the Ribolla. I didn’t intend to end my pairing with a sweet wine, it just happened that way. I like the Ribolla alone and with the cheeses. It was like having a dessert before dinner. And I do like sweet wines. Once again like with the chardonnay the cheese did start to over power the wines themselves. But out of these three wines, I plan on getting another bottle of this wine and just drinking it alone.

Thanks for taking the time to read this

Allan

Wine Tasting Mead

I’m a geek, there is no denying that, in all my years of playing video games I’ve enjoying medieval type games where after a quest you would sin in the tavern drinking mead. But I have never drank mead for real until now. And I wish I had earlier. It is no secret that I prefer sweet wines to dry wines, but to me, mead (at least this one) is the best of both worlds. It is sweet but, not overly sweet. As you can see in the picture of the bottle… yes I forgot to get a picture of it before my roommate and I finished the bottle. I think I am now a mead guy.

But enough about me let’s hear from the pros…

Golden yellow color. Aromas of floral talc, apple tart, and citrus zest with a soft, sweetish light body and a honey yogurt and yeasty pound cake accented finish. A solid, off-dry mead.
2014 Best Indiana Mead WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal  

Update: I was able to find a picture before we drank it.

Now the facts:
Made: US, Indiana
Type: Mead (Honey Wine)
Buy it here.

Enjoy

Allan

Wine Tasting 3/14/15

Spring break… I missed the Thursday wine tasting but I made it to the Saturday. It was a nice change of pace, I was able to sample some pricier wines. As always thank you to the Vintage Cellar for hosting us. Now onto the wine. 

Terra Antiga Vinho  Verde I found this wine bitter and really dry. I don’t mean the bitter in a bad way, I just don’t have a more eloquent way to put it. It had a light fruity nose, that I enjoyed. Looking at the tasting notes, I think I might be thinking about acidity as a bitter sensation.

 
I really got peach out of this wine in both smell and taste. It is also a very dry wine and one that would probably be better eating with meal rather than alone.

This was a really hard wine. It wasn’t like a wine I tasted before. If it wasn’t for the price I would have bought this, maybe when I have more cash. 
Dama de Toro Crianza
Toro is Spanish for bull, and this is a bull of a wine. Not in a bad way, like in “strong as a bull” kind of way. It was dry, and had a slight burn to it. The cherry taste was string with the bull and I really enjoyed it. 
It was really dry, like making a cup of black tea and letting it sit over night then trying to drink it the next morning. This was my mistake, there was cheese to eat with the wine, so I tried it again with the cheese and it was like a completely different wine. I really enjoyed it. It went from bring dry to being a nice well rounded wine.   

Veleta Cabernet Sauvignon Spain 2009
Another dry wine, I think we had a theme. I loved the red/purple color of the wine. It had a slight bite to it, but not to a point where I didn’t enjoy it. The taste of black cherry was great. 

And we end with a sweet wine. It had a nice floral nose and a light sweet fruity taste to it. It reminded me of a mead I had. I really enjoyed it, but then again it is easy for me to like a sweet wine.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
Allan

Wine Tasting Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewurztaminer

I picked up this wine at the local Kroger. This wine right on the bottle says that it can stand up and tame spicy food. I intended to put it to the test. I made a batch of Thai yellow curry to eat with this wine.It wasn’t as sweet as the little chart suggestion on the bottle. I found it very good. Between my roommate and I we finished the bottle. I will definitely get more of this wine when I get home to Los Angeles.  But back to the wine. It had a nice nose on it, very fruity mostly light pineapple notes. The taste is more of the same, sweet fruity notes with a little acid on the back end. And it did as it promised, it help calm the spice from the curry. But enough about me what do the experts say: 

And now the basics:

Country/State  California
Type  White Wine
Varietal Gewurztraminer      

 Price               6.47 (To buy click here)

Overall I recommend this wine, and even a better deal at the price. Enjoy.

Allan

Wine Tasting Vintage Cellar 3/5/15

Thank you once again to the Vintage Cellar for the wine tasting. Thank fully this week I was able to go in early for the wine tasting. On Thursday we had a quick snow storm bring about 4 inches of snow in a couple of hours. And when I normally go in to do the tasting was right in the middle of the snow storm. So let’s get down to the wines.

Protocolo White 2013

This Spanish wine was quite dry and with no real taste to me. I had the smell and taste of some light fruit but not a real hit of fruit like I was expecting. I think this would be a good wine with food, since it wouldn’t overpower the food, but only with food that wont over power the wine.

 
This Chilean chardonnay was oaked in French oak, but sadly I couldn’t tell from the taste of the wine. It really tasted like water with lemon (and alcohol). I don’t mean it in a bad way, just to me that I couldn’t taste anything in this wine except the lemon taste and the burn of alcohol.
 
I really enjoyed this wine, it had a light cherry nose and taste to me. The color was a pale red compared to the deep red of a syrah would have. Like (to me) this wine along with most reds has a burn in my mouth.  
 

This wine was hard. If I wanted a strong wine to stand up to a big meal, this would be the one. It had a light nose but it packed a deceptively powerful punch in the taste. It was quite dry as well, I’m not sure but I might have puckered my lips after tasting this wine. It had the burn too, but it didn’t seem to bother me as much as it did with the Pirovano. 

Of the five wines we tasted, this one was my jam (Yes I went there) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I’m a fan of the sweet wine. It has a fruity nose and I was able to smell Jasmine in it. It make me was to sip this wine alone with a cup of jasmine tea. It has a taste of an unknown fruit, I could take fruitiness but I couldn’t discern what fruit it was. I should have bough a bottle or five of it, but I still have plenty of wine I need to drink first. But it is spring break so I might have some time to finish the backlog.
Thank you for taking the time to read my notes about these wines and have a great day. 
Allan