Sometimes all I want to do after a long week is just kick back on the couch, listen to some music & relax a with a couple glasses of wine. This breezy, overcast Friday is just perfect for that & I had a few wines that I'd been dying to try. I flipped open my MacBook & bought the new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album that I've been DYING to hear. For those of you who don't know this band I highly recommend that you go check them out immediately. Think T Rex meets early Jesus & Mary Chain. Good music, now time for some good wine.
The first one I popped open was Manoir de la Tete Rouge Chapitre 9 2006 Saumur. Ahhh, there is nothing like the Loire Valley. The savory, salty, mineral tinge is something that just can't be replicated. It has this slightly waxy texture that is incredibly unique & pleasing. I just kept going back to glass again & again. The earthy, savory quality is something I don't get a lot of but I wish I did.
Up next was one of my New World friends. Tandem Van Der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Sonoma Mountain. It was rich with pungent cherry fruit, hints of smoke, vanilla, & bit of mushroom & cola. The texture is luscious & palate filling. Very masculine pinot here. I can easily see pairing this with duck confit or even lamb.
The Single Most Important Ingredient - Salt has a greater impact on flavor than anything else. Learn to use it well, and your food will be good.
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