Summer Slowdown Mode

Summer Slowdown Mode
Happy Canada Day. We were at Colborne Lane in Toronto on Canada Day a few years ago. One of my favorite memories of that meal, aside from the nice dinner we had, was a man who came in to eat by himself and only wanted a big plate of mashed potatoes. And he got it.... Read more »

Hanger + Post-Grill Marinade + Potatoes With 2006 Amon-Ra Shiraz Barossa

Hanger + Post-Grill Marinade + Potatoes With 2006 Amon-Ra Shiraz Barossa
A test of whether a wine is good or great to you is if you can remember it a week after you drank it and then tried to write a pairing post on it. The mid-aughts (’04-’06) in Barossa were a quality string of vintages. Many Australian wines were emboldened by such things and flooded... Read more »

TWIB Notes: This Week In Bottles

TWIB Notes: This Week In Bottles
Things learned/observed this week: 1. There’s a very large lake just a few blocks from us. Sometimes we forget. 2. Drink Kermit Lynch’s Les Pallières Rosé young and fresh. Unless you like butterscotch and toffee. 3. If you think Rioja food and Ribera Del Duero wine should at least find some happy, minimal pairing crossover,... Read more »
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Chicken, Fennel & Olives With 2011 Domaine Chante Cigale Blanc & DFW Commencement Speech

Chicken, Fennel & Olives With 2011 Domaine Chante Cigale Blanc & DFW Commencement Speech
Maybe you’ve read or heard David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech. It’s quintessential DFW. While usually leery of such ‘putting images to words’-type things of this sort, here’s one done quite well and worth passing along: After a surprisingly great time at the Wines of Portugal tasting at Bin 36 downtown on Tuesday,... Read more »

Fancy Leftovers With 2010 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Fancy Leftovers With 2010 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Leftover food, free food and the best pairing of the week. Maybe the best pairing in a month. Freezer chicken. Freezer lemongrass barbecue sauce. Leftover big-boy arugula that HAD to be eaten (from my second attempt at rucolino – here’s hoping this batch doesn’t taste like rotten olives). After a delicious mid-afternoon Semiramis lunch, Wednesday... Read more »

Peri-peri Shrimp & Farro, Fava & Celery Leaf Pasta With 2010 La Spinetta Vermentino

Peri-peri Shrimp & Farro, Fava & Celery Leaf Pasta With 2010 La Spinetta Vermentino
After the off bottle of Brégeon Muscadet on Monday, we followed it up with another favorite wine, the 2010 Casanova della Spinetta Vermentino, only to find it making the rounds of the end of the party, saying its good-byes and exchanging phone numbers. Shame. With pasta al limone and an avocado-kumato-corn salad last year, this one... Read more »
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Brandade with 2005 André-Michel Brégeon Muscadet White Label

Brandade with 2005 André-Michel Brégeon Muscadet White Label
As Mrs. Ney put it, “The thing smells like you stepped in a bunch of algae and mud, let your shoe dry for a day and then smelled it.” We’d been waiting for a month to eat this food and drink this wine. Waiting for the shipped wine to settle, re-find its feet. In the... Read more »

Skirt Steak, Post-Grill Marinade & Sweet Potatoes Fries With 2009 Owen Roe Ex Umbris

Skirt Steak, Post-Grill Marinade & Sweet Potatoes Fries With 2009 Owen Roe Ex Umbris
If you grew up in the 70′s and 80′s, Worcestershire sauce was fancy meat seasoning, especially for grilling. Every type of meat was slathered in it. It’s a taste of childhood. Taking a bite of grill-charred meat swimming in Worcestershire immediately evokes hot 80′s summers, patios, tacky tiki torches, the sound of lawn mowers, the... Read more »

Know Your Wine Region: Kremstal

Know Your Wine Region: Kremstal
The best way to think about Austrian (and German) wine labels is to see them as like nesting dolls. Utterly confusing at first blush,if you take a few minutes to get down the basics, everything falls into place rather quickly and an understanding emerges. In fact, in many ways, you’ll know tons more about what’s... Read more »
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Hanger with 2005 Yalumba Shiraz-Viognier & Tuna with 2006 Angela Pinot Noir

Hanger with 2005 Yalumba Shiraz-Viognier & Tuna with 2006 Angela Pinot Noir
After taking “meat and potatoes” to the limit in great ways the night before, cleaning it up with our favorite home meal ever seemed right, proper and perfect. And it was. The first meal and recipe from an Oooold-School cookbook, The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. Great name and priceless “good times” picture on the... Read more »
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    Love wine. Love it more with food. Having food without wine is like eating in black and white compared to vivid colors. Done right, it takes a meal out of the realm of mere consumption to a place of memory. Wine is made to be drunk with food so let's do it - one pairing at a time. "A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine" - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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