Friday, July 16, 2010

Lately

The wine-drinking has been infrequent as of late; hence, no update for the last week and a half. However...

I found a decent Beaujolais at the local WalMart (!), and we tried it by itself. Not a glugging wine, for sure, I don't care what the literature says.

We've really been turned off by red wines in the past, honestly, I think because we tried the wrong one with a meal or just went too intense, who knows. The Beaujolais, we found, improved upon further tasting. It wasn't terribly off-putting, but it didn't change my life like some of the Rieslings we've had. So, in short...we will probably be trying a Beaujolais again.

Now, a week ago, I picked up a 2007 Selbach-Oster Kabinett Riesling at a Co-op food store. $24 a bottle, by far, the most I've spent on wine. German wine labeling/categorizing is kind of confusing. Basically, from what I understand, there are four categories of German wine, and within the top group (Pradikatswein), there are four sublevels. Well, Kabinett is the fourth sublevel of this top group. So...it's the worst of the best, I guess??

Anyway, it's a shame because this wine was REALLY good. I mean, excellent. I can tell I'm getting more wine-savvy, because I could smell the petrol (typical for Rieslings), and I could pick up the tart, fruity flavor (although separating them out into particular fruits was tricky). High in acidity, this one was medium-bodied and light and crisp.

In short, I really, really, really enjoyed it. Brent was ambivalent, especially when I told him it was $24! But, like I said before, it's a shame, because I don't think I'll be shelling out $24 too often for a bottle of wine.

*Sigh* Maybe I could put in on my Christmas list.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Must Find Decent Wine Shop

Today, on a whim, I walk into one of two local booze shops we have here in town. Here is the conversation:

Clerk: Can I help you find something?
Me: Yeah, I'm looking for a Beaujolais.

PAUSE

Clerk: Uh.
Me: It's a red.
Clerk: How do you spell that?

PAUSE

Me: B-E-A-U-J-O-L-A-I-S
Clerk (Looking at a random label): No, I don't think we have that.

I didn't find at the grocery store, either. My next places will be the other liquor store and Walmart (cue doom music).

Anyway, yeah. I haven't gotten anywhere near through my Riesling phase, but I'm thinking Beaujolais might be a fun foray into red wines, not to mention a change of pace.

Anyone here have experience with the stuff?

Monday, July 5, 2010

German Riesling Wine

So, anybody else here celebrate an American holiday with a German wine?

Or...is it just me? Happy Belated Fourth, Everyone!

Last night was a Polka Dot Riesling (Germany, Pfalz) with chili for dinner, and yes, I concur when the experts say R. goes with nearly any dish, especially spicy. How marvelous is it when one can enjoy wine with a simple bowl of chili?!

Sometimes, and I have especially noticed it with beer, food can completely ruin the taste of alcohol. Not with the PD! I was able to eat, sip, eat, sip, ad nauseum, without grimacing. That says a lot for the wine. I don't recall a high level of acidity, but enough to clear the palate for every bite I took.

But, I will say, I pay a lot more attention to my food and drink now that I've sort of taken up this food pairing stuff.

Now, the stunner. I finally cracked into the Monchhof Estate Rielsing, paired tonight with an Asian Beef Noodle recipe and WOW! Tantalizing acidic, bubbles on my tongue - and there's no carbonation! Fruity, light, fresh. Really, really good stuff. I may be tracking down other Robert Eymael wines - I think I'm a fan.

But, also, I happened to be finishing my wine as I ate some cantaloupe, and YUCK! The Riesling tasted heinous after I did that. Lesson learned!