Archive for April 2013

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 »

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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Gussied-up TJ's French Pizza with 2011 Arianna Occhipinti TAMí Frappato

Gussied-up TJ's French Pizza with 2011 Arianna Occhipinti TAMí Frappato
Quickie. Take your frozen Trader Joe’s products and gussy them up. Match it with a wine that avoids any sort of pairing faux-pas and boom! Good lunch! Food: Trader Joe’s (Maitre Pierre) Tarte D’Alsace and TJ’s herb salad These pizzas have a place. These pizzas have a HUGE place when you throw some walnuts, idiazabal cheese... Read more »

TWIB Notes: This Week In Bottles

TWIB Notes: This Week In Bottles
Turkish nut sauce! Toss your salad in Turkish nut sauce! Put it between the pita folds! We had a lot of fun with Turkish nut sauce. Nothing of superior pairing pleasure this week, with takeout pizza and a Portuguese favorite red taking the week’s crown (though Loire bubbles with crab cakes was nice). Four pairings... Read more »

Cuban Pork With 2008 Mas De Maha & Another Bordeaux Fail

Cuban Pork With 2008 Mas De Maha & Another Bordeaux Fail
One American red wine for the rest of our lives? It’d have to be reasonably cheap. Say…$35 and under, because we’d have to be able to afford it. Check that. Between $25 and $35, because no matter how much people want to tell you about the great bargains under $20, American wine under $25 is... Read more »
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Two Happy Meals

Two Happy Meals
Crap. Now I want McDonald’s. Wonder if McDonald’s will come after me for using that title? Google seems to think stuff like that is appropriate. A couple of happy home meals this week that deem a mention, if only to stay on top of the ‘keeping of the records.’ Sausage, grapes and tomatoes with an... 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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