Terre de Marco Prosecco

Found a new Prosecco at a tasting last week — the Terre di Marca. Fairly dry with a unique sweetness that’s not overkill. Has some apples and pears to it and a tiny bit of honey. Great to enjoy during the summer. And the bottle is unique, sort of stubby, vs. the traditional bottle. Was in the low-mid teens, price-point wise.

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Pour Me Some White

Love my part time wine tasting gigs. Last weekend during one of them I had all whites.  Ironic because it was freezing cold outside because of the 15-20mph winds and mid-50 temps. But, I guess you can sip your pain away, right?

I was sharing the delights of:

La Marca Prosecco — one of my favorites. You cannot go wrong with this stuff. You can find it for $10-$15/bottle. Just crisp and and perfect bubbles with tiny hints of citrus. Need I say more?

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc — I love the SB from New Zealand.  Gimme some grapefruit! This one was a bit milder than my favorite.  Awesome notes of citrus all around with a nice finish. Low teens on the cost.

William Hill Chardonnay — if you like (traditional) oaked Chard, this one’s for you.  It’s from the North Coast of CA and has some definite tropical fruit notes in it while giving you that oaked, buttery taste. This one runs in the mid-teens per bottle.

Sip on, my friends.

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U.S. Open the Wine

The title just makes me think of Jeopardy! with the great ‘Before and After’ category.  I can never get those right.  But in this case, the scenario was nailed right on the head!

Last Sunday, golf!  Annual U.S. Open on Father’s Day.  If you can’t be at the event watching or playing (hit the course for 9 holes on Saturday), what better to do than watch at home while enjoying some good wine and food?  Got together with my vino-loving friends to spend countless hours watching those little white balls fly through the air, go into the water, hit the high grass or sink into that hole.

The beverage menu for the day started with some nice Prosecco.  After that, we opened my contribution to the day.  It was from a winery I visited while in Sonoma last year.  Small little place with huge flavor in what they produce — Scribe.  We enjoyed the 2008 Syrah.  And these guy put some tough-to-remove wax on the top of the bottles (1/4″ thick or so) — darn that was tough to open, but made the wine taste even better.

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To pair with my wine I opted to bring non-normal snacks…not just some quick dips, etc.  I was craving some asparagus so opted for Roasted Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus.  Just lightly coat the asparagus with olive oil, wrap each piece with prosciutto then place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, remove quickly, turn, then continue roasting until crisp.  Voila, delicious!  Can serve hot or cold.  Ok, remembered to take a picture when there was one left.

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Then also made some Sauteed Mushrooms with Asian Flair and Persian Cucumbers.  Just cut some mini Portobellos into cubes and tossed them with soy sauce, fish sauce and sesame oil.  Put them in a pan on the stove and sauteed them for a bit and the sauce got a thick.  Put some sesame seeds in there for flair.  Good!!!  Then took some of those little Persian Cukes and cut them into decent thickness slices and tossed with lemon juice and salt and served on the side.

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And back to wine we go.  Next one my friends pulled out was an amazing Pinot Noir from Picture 021OR — Ken Wright Cellars.  A great way to finish the wine.

 

Now end of the Open-wise, my favorite didn’t win, but there is always next year.  Cheers, par, or whatever suits you best.