Chateau Larose Perganson

It was one of those beautiful nights in DC recently and I just wanted to sit on my deck and enjoy a nice dinner and red wine. So I picked through my wine rack and pulled out one that looked good. It was a French wine, but I know I didn’t buy it in France directly because of some of the notes on the label. It was the Chateau Larose Perganson 2009 Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois.

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Opened it and poured some in my glass with the aerator. WOW.  Why have I waited so long to open this?

Per the site, its tasting notes are:

Intense ruby color with violet hues. The nose is quite powerful, a true symphony of spices: milk caramel and vanilla, of jammy fruits: ripe plums, black currants, blackberries, as well as aromas of roasted coffee, toasted bread and dark chocolate. Perfect roundness from a combination of opulent fruit and good oak ageing which provide superb balance and complexity. 100% cold pre-fermentary maceration. A fabulous wine! Please decant two hours before tasting.

My comments:

Smooth and then smooth. It was creamy and just slid through your mouth. Fruit and chocolate.

I had to figure out where I bought this because I’m not sure how long I’d had it. After much research, I found it at Rodman’s (in NW DC). It’s about $25/bottle. Can’t go wrong with Rodman’s. And, will definitely be picking up some more.

Wheat, grapefruit…and beer

I love wheat beer, I love grapefruit.  But putting them together, I wasn’t sure about.  I am also never sure about low ABV stuff.  So while roaming around Rodman’s last week I came across a tasting that changed my mind about all of these.  There was a sampling of Schofferhofer Grapefruit.  On these hot summer days that have hit us, this could not be a more perfect brew.  It has that hefe background with that refreshing grapefruit taste.  And, it’s only 3.2% ABV.  The guy doing the demo says he uses it to refuel after a workout.  Hey, each one to their own right?  Would be perfect after yard work, for picnics, basically for anything on a hot summer day!

 

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Za’atar

Have you ever gone to a Lebanese restaurant for dinner and they bring you the great pita bread and olive oil to munch on?  But that olive oil also has something extra in it?  When at Lebanese Taverna a couple weeks ago I finally asked what that stuff is.  That magical ingredient is Za’atar.  The waiter told me it’s easy to find at specialty grocery stores.  So I stopped by Rodman’s in DC and found a huge (of course) bag of it.  I am in heaven.  I have put it in olive oil like in restaurants, sprinkled it in and on top of hummus and also used it as ‘just’ a spice on meats and salads.  Can we say addiction?

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Dip & Sip

I have a passion for baking and whipped up some Cappuccino Chocolate Chip biscotti last week.  My friend and I finished dinner and we needed dessert so I went and found the remaining pieces of the goodies I’d baked.  As we were sitting there enjoying our red wine, as well, I said…try dipping it in there.  She looked at me for a second, went ahead with the suggestion and never turned back.

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Many people equate biscotti with coffee, but find the right wine and the right flavor of treat to dunk and you have an amazing match!  At this point in the night we were on my local ‘Two (or three) Buck Chuck’ since I can’t get Trader Joe’s wine because I live in MD.  I get Pepperwood Grove (Pinot Noir for this circumstance) for $4.44 down the street at Rodman’s.  Love it!

 

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I work on savory biscotti, as well, that pairs nicely with a variety of white wines.  Give them a try, dip & sip away!

New California Pinot

Was checking out some wine tastings yesterday and had a (red) wine recommended to me that was not on the tasting menu.  As we got to talking about great grapes and new world wine (my favorite), the pourer/sampler/whatever you’d like to call them, recommended Meiomi Pinot Noir from California.  The grapes are from 3 regions in the state — Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma.  Quite unique — definitely a light color (very Pinot), but was tough to nail down the flavors at first.  Got a bit a spice, then some light vanilla/candy, and a bit of fruit.  Also, a vintner who’s using screwtops, if that’s something that catches your attention.  Worth trying.  At the great store of Rodman’s in DC (a wine lover’s pitfall, among two others in the area) it was $16.

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