At one of our wine tasting events, I had introduced a number of "high altitude" wines. I wrote about this last week. Well, one of the wines was from the side of Mount Etna, in Italy. Usually, I do some research on the wines ahead of time, if I am not familiar with that particular growing region. I neglected to do my research on this wine, so assumed it would be something like a Nero d'Avola (a full bodied red wine that might be compared to Syrah). When I opened up the bottle, a lightly pigment wine pour from the bottle, and I was at a loss to explain what grapes my tasters were experiencing.
Barolo, or Barbaresco, in color (ruby red). It had some earthiness to it, but lots of cherry and red flowers. I found it very elegant, and most of surprising. It was not what I expected.
Beaujolais Nouveau, when discussing this region, but if that is all you have tried, then you are missing some interesting wines. The village wines of Beaujolais, make for a great pairing with sausages. And, now that the weather is a bit warmer, the barbecue is out, and grilled sausages are an available dinner choice. The pairing of Regnie with sausages, is one of those majical moments when it all comes together.
Today, I received an e-mail, from a follower of this blog. He had found some old bottles of wine, with the labels intact, but knew nothing about the wine. He asked for my help. Unfortunately, I didn't have any answers about his mystery "Arrowhead Sparkling Burgundy" bottle, but it did start me researching, and now I am very curious about these old bottles. The history of wine in Southern California is extensive, and this bottle appears to be pre-prohibition.
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As for that "aha" moment. For me, it was a 1978 Heitz Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. It was my final days as a member of the Nestle family, and I was out to dinner with some of my sales people at the Stanford Court Hotel, on Nob Hill in San Francisco. We had order the specialty item: Smoked Prime Rib, at Fournou's Oven. The pairing was classic. I can still recall the taste, and the moment I thought, "wow, I never knew wine could be this good".
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