Monday Night Wine

Monday Night Wine IMG_2070is a fabulous group of friends I have & we get together a couple Monday nights each month to taste wine.  Each month we try a different varietal and I pair it with a dinner, as the wine will change once you introduce food to your palate.

 

January 2018  We have had a major freeze set in to start off the year!  The nice thing about it being cold outside is that you can sit inside, hopefully by a fire, and sip some really good Cabernet Sauvignon that will warm you up from the inside out.  This month we are going to taste 2 Cabs from Washington, and 4 Cabs from California, it will be interesting to see the differences and the favorites.  Pairing it with Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Herb Scalloped Sweet Potatoes w/ Bacon & Gruyere, Asparagus Bacon Bundles, Chocolate Almond Torte

  • 1st Tie/2nd    2015 Resolute Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
  • 2nd Tie/4th   2015 Highway 12 Sonoma/Lodi/Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
  • 1st Tie/5th     2015 Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
  • 3rd/6th          2015 Luke Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon, WA
  • 4th/3rd          2014 Saviah Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, WA
  • 2nd Tie/1st   2015 Trig Point Diamond Dust Cabernet Sauvignon, CA

February 2018 Still battling the cold weather and maybe a few of you are battling a cold also.  The question is what will help both colds?  Merlot of course, always recognized as a smooth red wine it will warm you up from the inside out, and when it is that smooth a glass or two or three later and you will be sleeping like a baby and you will not even remember your cold.  Well it all sounds good, right?  Merlot is still trying to recover from its crash in the early 2000’s when the movie sideways hit it head on. This month we are trying Merlot from California, Washington, France and Italy.  Check it out!  We paired Lasagna, Broccoli-Cheese Casserole, Garlic Herb Pull Apart Rolls and Death by Chocolate Cheesecake.

  • 1st /3rd           2015 Toad Hollow Richard McDowell’s Selection Merlot, Sonoma County, CA                                     
  • 6th/4th           2014 Chateau Subilaux Bordeaux, France                                                                     
  • 3rd/5th Tie    2014 Barone Fini Merlot, Trentino, Italy                               
  • 7th/1st Tie     2014 Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot, Sonoma County, CA                                            
  • 5th/1st Tie     2014  Airfield Estate Merlot, Yakima Valley, WA                                
  • 2nd/5th Tie   2014 Columbia Merlot, Columbia Valley, WA                                     
  • 4th/2nd          2013 Franciscan Merlot, Napa Valley, CA
  • extra not voted on:  2013 Canvas Merlot, CA  (But everyone really liked this)                       

 

March 2018 Syrah and Petite Sirah, its child.  This month we are tasting Syrah which can still have some good tannins, a full bodied red wine for those cool nights we could still encounter.  It is also known as Shiraz and we will check out a couple from Australia.  These wines pair well with a good steak, BBQ, Pizza/Burgers.  We are also going to taste Petite Sirah, which is a child of Syrah & Peloursin.  This wine is generally inky, purple, and so smooth that before you turn around the bottle is empty and will pair with all of the above plus things like salmon and grilled chicken or pork also.  I decided to to have Grilled Bourbon & Vanilla Brined Pork Chops w/ Kahlua Glaze, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, & Chocolate Kahlua Coffee Pound Cake.

  • 2015 1st/2nd           Plungerhead Petite Sirah, Lodi, CA
  •  2015 3rd/1st           Spellbound Petite Sirah, CA
  • 2013 5th Tie/5th    Graziano Petite Sirah, Mendocino County, CA
  • 2012 2nd/3rd          Henry’s Drive ‘H’ Syrah, Padthaway, Australia
  • 2012 4th/NA           Hedges ‘Groedhart Family’ Syrah, Red Mountain, WA
  • 2013 6th/4th           Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz, Australia
  • 2014 5th Tie/6th    Shane ‘Villian’ Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

 

 

April 2018 This month we are checking out Red Blends. These wines are lots of times a great value wine, and popular for BBQ’s and parties.  They are easy to drink wines as the grapes meld together and the dry tannins are mellowed out by other grape varietals that have less tannin, are more fruit forward.  There are so many options of Red Blends that I had a really hard time narrowing this tasting down to 7 wines.  Not only will I post the results of those wines but at the bottom of this months notes I will list some additional wines for you to try.  We paired a Raspberry Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger, Sweet Potato Fries, Cheesy Corn & Blueberry Muffin Cake. 

  • 6th Tie/4th    2014 Barton & Guestier Cote-Du-Rhone, France                                             
  • 1st/3rd Tie     2015 Silk & Spice, Portugal                                       
  • 5th/5th           2015 Purple Heart Red Wine, Sonoma County, CA                                         
  • 2nd/2nd         2015 Black Ink, Red Wine, CA                                  
  • 4th/1st            2015 Predator Six Spot Red, Lodi, CA                                   
  • 6th Tie/6th    2016 Broc Cellars LOVE Red Blend, North Coast, California                                         
  • 3rd/3rd Tie    2014 Cooper & Thief Bourbon Barrel Red Wine Blend, California

 

Italian Wine Dinner April 2018  I had a request to do an Italian dinner, so we packed out the basement with people and had some awesome Italian wines!  European wines are historical to me, they were being drank long before California wines, and they are drank morning, noon and night.  This was a chance to taste wines from Tuscany, Piedmonte, & Abruzzo regions of Italy.  We paired Braised Roast with Vegetables over Creamy Parmesan Polenta, 5 Cheese Marinara Pasta, and Triple Chocolate Pie w/ Hazelnut Crust

  • 7th    2014 Santa Martina Toscana Rosso, Tuscany, Italy                                           
  • 1st     2015 Rocca Giovanni Barbera D’Alba  Pianromualdo, Piemonte, Italy                                       
  • 3rd    2015 Medici Ermete Solo Reggiano Rosso, Reggio Emilia, Italy                     
  • 6th    2012 Sordo Gabutti Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba, Italy                         
  • 4th    2016 Casata Parini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Italy                                         
  • 5th    2013 Salcheto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, Italy                                          
  • 2nd   2012 Silvio Nardi Brunello Montalcino, Italy

            

May 2018 Chardonnay,  As the sun came up this morning driving thru the Flint Hills, it just seems like spring is finally here, even though the weather has not been telling us that. Therefore, I have decided that we will just force Spring to show up by drinking white wine!  Chardonnay is a great place to start with it’s beautiful golden color, sometimes you can have a nice crisp Chard, and other times it is creamy and smooth.  Let’s see what we find this year to usher in some sunshine and warmer temps.  We will pair  Pistachio Crusted Lemon Chicken, Creamy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa Salad, and Apple Pie.

  • 3rd Tie/2nd         2016 Neyers 304 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, CA
  • 6th/4th                 2016 Stoller Dundee Hills Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, OR
  • 5th/5th                 2014 Light Horse Chardonnay, CA
  • 4th/6th                 2015 B.R. Cohn Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Sonoma County, CA
  • 2nd/1st                 2015 Cambria Bench Break Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, CA
  • 3rd Tie/3rd Tie   2016 St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County, CA
  • 1st/3rd Tie           2016 Michael David Chardonnay, Lodi, OR

                                 

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