|Anderson Valley AVA Hilltop|
It had blossomed into a celebration of sorts. A strong recovery after a serious illness is a good reason to celebrate, particularly when being in the Thanksgiving mood. The Society of Wine Educators also had recently given their official approval of my examination of Wine Faults & Imbalances, thereby allowing progress to the Presentation Skills Demonstration. The journey's end may be near, and that too is a reason to celebrate. It is the Season, after all.
|Refreshing Riesling likes acid, salt and oily pairings.|
- Resso Garnacha Blanca 2011 from Spain was a delight, with its lively, tart
Mayor de Ondarre 'Reserve' 2006, also from Spain(Rioja), proved to be everything we wanted in a rich, food-friendly red wine. It has ripe, dusty black tree fruit character with candied spices that linger with an integrated length on the palate; perfect for what we braised or smoked because of its firm structure and earthy richness.
Domaine du Garde Temps Rose' Tourbillon 2011, produced in southern France, proved to be a delight, with wispy, lively white strawberry and Rainer cherry notes and a very long bright finish. A terrific sipper from the land of rose' that worked with summer salads and Cajun fried chicken. Yum!
Pierre Sparr Cre'mant d'Alsace Brut Rose; gorgeous strawberry and white cherry notes dance across the palate with balanced acidity. Stop the bus, what a terrific traditional method sparkling wine that pairs with almost everything!
These wines were so food friendly, enhancing the meals by either a complement or a contrast to each dish. Each side dish placed the notes differently(as they should), but each added to the flavors and the enjoyment of the meal. With good times, or lovingly prepared food or good friends and good value wines, it is always the perfect pairing when we can get more than two(2) together!
Happy New Year, and Salute!