But, I realized that to begin a post like that, I should probably know the answer to the question, yes? Why do American wine labels include the warning, when, I don't know, isn't just common sense? A quick search of this very query lands me at Wikipedia, which is good enough for a rude overview, but nothing that indicates why it's a law in the first place.
Hence, more reading is required. I hope to get to it soon. It's almost August, two-thirds of this year is nearly gone, and sometimes I feel as I am moving very, very quickly along this path of life, and yet, I'm hardly moving at all. I suppose I can attribute that to old age?
Let me drift for awhile into this evening's dinner. About two weeks ago, my parents, spouse, and I visited a local winery, one that specializes in "unique" wines...especially for cooking - i.e. Garlic, Jalapeno, and Basil Wine. Well, tonight I had three chicken breasts that needed eating, so I tossed them into a Ziploc baggie with 1/4 cup of the Basil and Garlic wines, along with 1/2 cup of olive oil, and liberal sprinkling of Italian seasoning. After about 25 minutes on the grill, they were ready for consumption. The meat was juicy and cooked just right, but I didn't get much flavor. I suppose that's because of the delicate, subtle natures of the wines I used.
However, I was most pumped about these "Zucchini Boats". I cut the squash in half, scooped out some of the seeds, brushed it with an olive oil/crushed garlic/basil mix, salt and pepper, placed cut, fresh tomatoes in the scooped-out bit, and sprinkled with bread crumbs. Then, I baked for 30 minutes at 350, removed it, scattered some mozzarella, and broiled it for about three minutes.
A green salad completed the meal...and I feel this fare right here is the epitome of summer. Bring it, August!
|Went a bit bigger on the salad...that's why it's not on the plate.|
|Was not the most riveting pairing ever...wish I'd had a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio|