Locale Market-St. Petersburg Florida pairing dinner

Complete descriptions on the nights menu at the bottom of this post

1st Course

(Fresh) tuna with 2013 Robert Weil “Tradition” Riesling- Rheingau, Germany. This is a perfect pairing- the saltiness of the fresh tuna with the minerality and fruit from the Riesling.

 2nd Course

Beet salad with Round Pound Sauvignon Blanc- Rutherford, CA. Salads are difficult to pair with wine but this one worked nicely. Good for picnics!

 3rd Course

“Fancy” ham&cheese- Proscuitto/Taleggio with Clos Canarelli Rosé from Corsica, France. This Rosé has a bit of funk on it but went well with the cheese. A light stainless red would also have worked.

4th Course

Blue Crab dumplings w/caviar & lobster butter with 2007 Tahbilk Marsanne, Australia. This wine had a strong aroma of kerosene, but when paired with the rich lobster butter and dumpling, made an interesting match.

 5th Course

Strawberry shooter with green drink shooter.

 6th Course

Wet and Dry Aged Beef with mushrooms.

Chateau Coutet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru & Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon

 7th Course

Nitrogen chilled vanilla ice cream in espresso

 8th Course

Milk Chocolate s’mores with Alvear Pedro Ximénez Solera 1927. PX is a perfect match with creamy chocolate (especially chocolate mousse).

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My wife and I recently purchased a new (somewhat expensive) rug and I have to be honest, we sometimes eat in the living room.

Since wines can spill...

To protect our rug “investment” we purchased Riedel stemless wineglasses.

I am very aware of the arguments against stemless glasses:

1. Holding the glass by the bowl (and not the stem) warms the wine.

2. Fingerprints and palm prints !

However, sometimes, the pros outweigh the cons:

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Open That Bottle Night

by toleranttaster

2006_CdBMeritageFor our first trip to the North Fork of Long Island we attended Wine Camp. With each winery, that you visit, you learn a different aspect of the wine business; from the owners or winemakers. A very personal and hands-on approach, we blended wine at one, pruned vines at another and learned alot about the region and it’s wines. It was a very special experience. And on the last night we celebrated with a wine/food pairing at Castello di Borghese.

The owners, Marco and Ann Marie Borghese were gracious hosts and true ambassadors for the wine region.

One of the rewards, of Wine Camp, is a mixed case from each of the participating wineries, including two bottles from Borghese.

Over the years we enjoyed these wines, for special occasions, and each time it brought back great memories. [read more…]

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Loire Valley- Cabernet Franc with Altitude!

Shopping for some lighter bodied red wines reminded me of why the Loire Valley is such an interesting wine region. In the central Loire Valley, the predominant red variety is Cabernet Franc. That one grape produces a number of different types of wine (sparkling, still, rose, light-bodied through full bodied). These different styles are made […]

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2014: My favorite wines of the year…

Looking back at 2014, I drank ALOT of wine this year. Please don’t judge. I would like to share my most memorable wines of the year… Best white wine value of the year: 2013 Gassac Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Blanc- From the Languedoc region of France- a great source of value wines. Fresh and clean, […]

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Champagne for the Holidays…

Champagne “insider” secrets: Attended a recent Champagne tasting at PJ Wine. Meeting with some very knowledgeable reps provided some great wines and some new (to me) “insider” information. Basics: The primary grapes used for making Champagne are Chardonnay (white grape), Pinot Noir, Pinot Menuier (red/black grapes). Most Champagnes come from a blend of all three. Meunier […]

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Under $15 Bargain wines…are these really the best?

Many magazines, retailers and websites offer “15/50/150 under $15″, “our best values of the year (under $15)” etc. Why not under $10? Here is why: Cost of bottle- $1 Cost of label-25¢ Cost of cork-25¢ Cost of cardboard case that wines are shipped in- 25¢ Cost of capsule (foil at top of bottle, if used)-5¢ Roughly […]

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