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Friday, July 20th, 2012
7:33 am
Traditional pairing
I had a foie gras entier I bought in Paris that needed to be consumed. You don't often get 100% foie gras in North America.

So I baked two breads to serve it with, a walnut raisin, and a cranberry banana.

I then decanted a 1983 Sauternes to accompany the foie gras. The cork was very soft and disintegrating and there was some ullage so I was concerned. Took some TLC to remove that venerable cork. I see why you really should replace corks every few decades. Despite the ullage the wine was sound and had solid acidity. I just opened a Sauternes from a bottler - Alexis Lichine - but I tasted this wine years ago and in 1987 when I bought it the 1983 represented great value.

This wine proves to me that 1983 was good year for Sauternes. Can't wait to try my Sudirault or Broustet with another foie gras. Dark gold with honey, dried apricots. First the nose promises sweetness, there is sweetness in the middle and a dry crisp acidic finish but unfortunately not a lot of length. The wine is past its prime and if I had any more I would see to it :) This would make a nice aperitif. Good mouth fill.

Plating the liver I included some walnuts and some homemade black raspberry preserves.

Oh by the way the foie gras was amazing - we loved it. My other half can't wait till we have it again. First I turned him on to truffles. Now foie gras. *$$$* Whine...
Monday, September 26th, 2011
3:29 pm
I love port with Stilton
We've had a lot of guests recently and some great wine and food pairings. Not many compare to the pairing of a 30 year old Taylor Fladgate Tawny and Stilton cheese we had after dinner last Saturday.
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
10:03 pm
You mind if I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down?
St. Bernardus Abt 12 - "Ah, hit the spot." This is seriously, an amazing and truly unique beverage. It's just so complex and warm that it's mind-blowing. The malt is heavy, and very flavorful. Very sweet... and very very very warming. It tastes like Christmas! I want another! (But first I have to finish this one)

Grade: A

Current Mood: loved
Monday, November 29th, 2010
8:46 pm
Lucky Duck Cab Sav
So I picked up this bottle of Lucky Duck Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chilean wine, tonight to go with lasagna. It was $3 so I wasn't expecting much. Overall rating is not bad. It's got a nice cherry and berry flavor to it, and the acidity isn't as strong as other cheap wines I've had. I tried it both room temperature and chilled, and it's definitely better chilled; the acidity is cut way down.

It's not bad for the price and the label is cute. :)

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, November 12th, 2010
1:54 am
A housewarming present from the Rhône river valley
Domaine les Pallières 2006
$33 retail, $24 on sale from WFM

I went up to visit Nightflurry in his new home, and of course what better housewarming gift than a nice bottle of red wine from the Rhône river valley! I picked up a bottle of Domaine les Pallières 2006, an estate co-owned by legendary importer Kermit Lynch in the small Gigondas AOC of southern France. This area is known for producing wines that are primarily Grenache, but my distributor explained that while this particular Gigondas had a good amount of Grenache in it, it was primarily Syrah. This was not too surprising given the tasting notes we took:

I was concerned at first as there was some coloring of wine leaking through to the top of the cork, which might have indicated a bad seal. We aerated and decanted the wine, letting it sit for about half an hour. At first, there was not a lot of complexity on the nose - the high alcohol content was really dominating. However, after some thorough swirling it began to open up with light tannic and vegetal / floral notes. On the palate, the floral notes become more accentuated and reminded me of potpourri. This is a very full-bodied wine, but I was pleased that the strong alcohol present on the nose was not at all overbearing. The tannins were very soft and smooth, and quite delightful. On the finish, I noticed a somewhat strange savory / umami flavor. I am pretty sure that was not supposed to be there, and was probably due to the aforementioned cork issues.

All in all, an excellent wine though the high alcohol content on the nose was a little off-putting for me personally. I would like to try this again when I could be sure the cork was not throwing off the delicate balance of flavors.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
5:49 pm
A Toast...
To friends old and new.

I haven't been here in quite a while. Lots of reasons for it ranging from plain old laziness to living in a bad country song (without the jail time).

I don't have my glass full at the moment, so nothing to report. Still, I thought about this group and decided to look in again. If anyone is going to the Rocky Mountian Fur Con in Denver, let me know. I have a couple of bottles that need to be appreciated.
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
11:00 pm
interesting product
i found an interesting product while walking through the local street fair today, and i thought it would be nice to share with you, as it is wine related. http://nectarofthevine.net/
Sunday, July 4th, 2010
3:58 am
Independence day tastings
Nightflurry came to visit this weekend, and as usual we opened a few bottles :) Here are our notes:

2007 Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse
$28 retail

This is my absolute favorite white wine. While I am partial to dry Reislings in general, this Chardonnay is amazing. I normally stay away from Chardonnays due to the objectionable (to my taste at least) oak flavors that they pick up in the cask, but this unoaked Chardonnay is a winner. A strong mineral component, with hints of apricot and good deal of pear on the nose, this wine will pair well with any sort of pasta, fish, and especially GARLIC. I almost wish I had saved it for a nice northern Italian meal, but even by itself this wine is delicious and refreshing. Its intoxicating aroma of exotic fruit and its delicious, tart and refreshing body make it a great summertime wine. It finishes cleanly of course, and leaves just a little bit of that great mineral taste on your palate.

2006 Red Knot Shiraz
$13 retail

This is a very big shiraz. A quick sniff reveals tobacco, smoke, black pepper and plums - quite spicy as you might expect, and the nose is VERY big. Just a brief sniff will overwhelm you - this is exactly the type of wine that excites me. A sip reveals fairly harsh tannins - as you would predict from a wine with such strong tobacco notes on the nose. However, as it fades, the plum flavor moves in and stays for an extra long finish. I was honestly quite impressed - this wine is fairly simple and an excellent example of a shiraz (big and bombastic spiciness), but the nice LONG tart plum finish was quite unexpected and definitely a delight. For the price, an excellent shiraz!

P.S. Nightflurry agrees but would add that it also smells of black cherries on the back end.

The night is young - more to come perhaps? We just opened a bottle of Cupcake dry Reisling, so count on an update soon!
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
7:05 pm
wine tasting?
well, i just got a new job at a liquor distribution center, and i have an opportunity to pick up two cases of unsellable wine (damaged labels) for an extreme discount. these will be a complete grab bag, and i was wondering if anybody would be interested in helping me taste test some of them. i'm located just outside of woodhaven, mi, and would offer some limited sleeping space for people who are interested. so, who would be? if so, would a friday or saturday be better? i'll provide the wine, of course.

edit: if enough interest is shown, this may become a full weekend long event :-p
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