Monday, May 27, 2013

Weekend Wine

Wow this has been a wonderful holiday weekend! Lots of good things are happening here in Portland and I for one am thrilled. Due to my good mood, I decided to pop open a bottle that would keep a smile on my face - a French Rosé. More specifically, the 2011 Domaine de Marquiliani Vin de Corse ($25). Seriously crisp with strawberry fields forever. It's literally liquid happiness. 

I hope you're all having a great Memorial day!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bea in my Bonnet

view from our tuscan villa
Today I had the pleasure of attending a wine tasting at Storyteller Wine Company. A wine shop located in the SW, it's only open on Fridays, Saturdays and by appointment only. They are infamous for their weekly newsletters - thus the name Storyteller. Anyway, out of the six international wines that were poured, I fell in love with the one from Italy. So much so that now all I want to do is buy a return ticket and visit the winery. 

The Umbria Bianco "Arboreus" from Paolo Bea Winery is a brilliant naturally-made skin-fermented white made from the Trebbiano grape. The wine spends four years on the lees, giving it a golden almost orange hue and fleshy complexity. It's dry and full-bodied with a striking minerality that makes it a perfect food wine. 

Now, wines from Paulo Bea are a little pricey, but if you ever see any being poured, be sure to line up a glass. You will be delighted!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Paradise Found

And just like that I've returned to the Loire Valley. With last night's meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese, I opened a bottle of 2010 Le Paradis Chinon ($9) and I was a happy camper. This cabernet franc is sumptuous with black fruit and cassis and is seriously killer when paired with guilty pleasure TV. 

My show of choice last night was Nashville. Have you guys watched it yet? OMG. So awesome. Lots of great country music with equally great plot lines. Major melodrama. Well I watched the first season finale last night and it did not disappoint. All in all, it was a pretty wonderful Thursday night. Hope you all had a lovely evening as well and are enjoying your Friday. 


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Big & Rich

map via wine drive

Last night I deviated from my Loire pattern. I made myself some really simple pasta with chicken bolognese (purchased at my local market Zupan's) and wanted something to stand up to the meaty sauce. I needed something bolder, richer. So I ventured Southwest and poured myself a glass of Château Le Roc "La Folle Noire d'Ambat" Fronton ($13)

Primarily made of the Négrette grape (tastes similar to a blend of syrah / malbec), this wine is serious. Bright and surprisingly tannic, this deep purple vin naturel is killer when paired with food, especially meat or a stinky cheese. (Not so great on its own!) So make sure you've got some good appetizers on hand when pouring this bad boy.