How do you find the best Barolo producers? Thanks to Wine-Searcher for some detective work…they ranked the “king of wines” based on vineyard site rankings.
The “best” regions (in bold) and some recommended producers listed below:
Francia (Serralunga d’Alba)
Villero (Castiglione Falletto)
Monprivato (Castiglione Falletto)- Giuseppe Mascarello
Rocche dell’Annunziata (La Morra)- Renato Ratti
Vigna Rionda (Serralunga d’Alba)- Bruno Giacosa, Luigi Pira, Cappellano
Top Tier: [read more…]
Complete descriptions on the nights menu at the bottom of this post
(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.
Beet salad with Round Pound Sauvignon Blanc- Rutherford, CA. Salads are difficult to pair with wine but this one worked nicely. Good for picnics!
“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.
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.
Strawberry shooter with green drink shooter.
Wet and Dry Aged Beef with mushrooms.
Chateau Coutet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru & Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon
Nitrogen chilled vanilla ice cream in espresso
Milk Chocolate s’mores with Alvear Pedro Ximénez Solera 1927. PX is a perfect match with creamy chocolate (especially chocolate mousse).
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: