Category: Wine & Food Pairing

Ten Fun Wines to Try in 2015

The holidays gave us a great opportunity to try many wines, some old favorites and some new delights.   After sorting through all of our tasting notes, we found ten fun wines that we highly recommend for 2015 – some are bargains (under $25), while others are splurges.  Either way, there is something here for everyone. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1420387087343{background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.12) !important;*background-color: rgb(0,0,0) !important;}”] Red Wines [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Soliste is one of those hard to find cult wines, sold only through their mail order list, or found at high-end restaurants.  We were very fortunate to have come upon a few bottles, including the outstanding 2010 L’Espérance Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($65).  Our tasters all felt that this wine might be the best US pinot noir they’ve ever experienced.  It is a moderate reddish purple color in the glass, with intense aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, with a bit of sweet herbs and spice.  The taste is silky soft. feminine in character, with layers of black cherry and black raspberry fruits touched by an array of sweet and savory herbs. The wine fills the mouth with pleasure that carries over to the long and expansive finish.  This wine has a lot of […]

Five Fun Summer Red Wines

  On a recent trip from South to North, we had the pleasure to stop at one of our favorite airport oasis – Vino Volo.  They have this uncanny ability to surprise us with fun, interesting wine – which is hard to do for Dr. & Dr. Serious Foodie.   We had a glass of the Domondimonti Picens 2008 red blend (a Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Marche region of Italy) and the Coriole Vineyards Sangiovese-Shiraz (from the McLaren Vale of Australia). The Domondimonti (organic certified) was well balanced and juicy, with mocha, spice and earthy accents (tobacco, leather) hints that were highlighted by the ripe flavors of black cherry and other red berries.  We would definitely use this wine again to serve in the summer months – light enough to drink on its own, but would stand up to smoky flavors from the grill. We were particularly impressed with the Coriole Vineyards Sangiovese-Shiraz – we typically will not drink any Sangiovese wine from anywhere but Italy.  This Sangiovese-Shiraz blend was a very refreshing style, with very soft tannins matched with a nice amount of acidity – making this a very food friendly wine.  It was […]

Tuscan Reds Under $25 – Our May Tasting Event

Our May tasting event took us to the Central NJ area – specifically Ringoes, NJ – where we had the enviable task of selecting Tuscan red wines that were easy to drink, food friendly, available locally, and relatively affordable (nearly all our wine selections should be available nationwide, or via internet sales).  Proceeds from this affair went to the wonderful folks at the Princeton Festival.  If you are in the area from June 7 through June 29, or willing to travel, you would not be disappointed at the outstanding selection of jazz/opera/chamber music/etc from this award winning group (click on www.princetonfestival.org for more information).  I know that Serious Foodie is certainly looking forward to the A Capella Jazz concert on June 7, and Porgy & Bess on June 22 and June 29.   Roasted Tricolored Carrots As with our other events, we worked to match our wine choices with an array of foods that would match, focusing on simple Tuscan inspired dishes.  Here is the menu from this event: Proscuitto wrapped mango, with the Serious Foodie Orange & Fig Finishing Sauce Freshly made Parmesan crisps Genoa salami crisps Pesto bruschetta with home roasted tomatoes Mascarpone and pancetta stuffed crimini mushrooms […]

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