Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sunday Read: Another Case Study in Balance

I hope you all survived Thanksgiving and that your cholesterol levels are coming down slowly…

This Sunday, I am finally posting something connected with Riesling again. I read this blog entry the other day and thought it was an excellent piece. Author Talia Baiocchi is making the case for why Mosel rieslings need more residual sugar to achieve balance. The article shows convincingly why balance might mean different sugar and alcohol levels for different grapes and different regions. In my mind, she totally nailed it with Mosel riesling.

Happy Sunday!

Wine Spectator: Another Case Study in Balance: Riesling

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Happy Thanksgiving!

2010 Melini Chianti and N.V. Seguras Viudas Brut Reserva

These are the two magnum bottles we’re taking to the feast. The Cava (a Spanish sparkler) will be pimped with Creme de Cassis to make Kir Royal.

This is my fifth Thanksgiving. I celebrated the first one in Louisville, KY in 2008, meeting Nina at the Chicago Airport and then heading on to my friends in the Bluegrass State. 2009 and 2010 was celebrated with our international bunch of friends in Trier, Germany at American friends’ of ours. We fried turkey both times and it is still my favorite way of preparing it. 2011, I had just arrived in AA a few days before heading to friends of ours’ here for a small Thanksgiving with them. This year, we are going to go to their house again, and some of their family will be there, too.

I have to say, Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday: tons of great food, no commercialized gift giving and stuff, just focused on food and company really. I have been able to successfully incorporate a German dish into the routine by now: Red cabbage (the red cabbage is marinated in red wine vinegar and then cooked with apples, onions, cloves, cinnamon and red wine). It goes amazingly well with turkey and mashed potatoes. Nina loves it, and I always liked this savory, sweet and sour dish.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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2010 Franco Serra Barbera d’Alba DOC

2010 Franco Serra Barbera d’Alba

We had this wine a while back with a minestrone I made. We picked it up at Plum Market for $10, and when I checked some of the reviews on Cellartracker later, they seemed quite unanimous in that this wine is better with food than on its own. So when we had minestrone with our friends, I decided to pop the bottle.

I am still very puzzled by it. I am not very familiar with wines from Northern Italy, and given that we were having a feast, I also did not bother to properly taste it and take notes. What I can say is that it worked marvelously with the tomato based minestrone I had made, giving it an herbal depth and adding distinct earthy flavors. On its own, it seemed quite tannic and acidic and I also found some slight bitter notes, but with the food this bitterness vanished. I simply could not wrap my head around this one, it was intriguing. I will probably pick up some more bottles, because I like to make minestrone throughout winter, and I really thought this pairing worked very nicely. Would not have thought that when I first tasted the wine. I definitely agree that it should be paired with hearty food.

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