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Snooth User: Really Big Al

Weekend Wines - Post Pictures of your Selections

Original post by Really Big Al, Jun 1, 2014.

Most of us reserve the better wines for the weekend.  Show us what you served this past weekend and include photos of the food pairings too.  

 

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Reply by rckr1951, Apr 24, 2017.

Haven't been to Miller Park in a couple of years - going to the Twin Cities in Aug for a Brewers game in Aug. The local radio station sponsors a trip each year for $85.  Free food, no driving and a crazy group of people - some times loud - so it's worth it.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 24, 2017.

Okay, this was a weekend wine: 

We opened this last night with a grilled filet mignon, some grilled asparagus, Israeli cous-cous, and a really good fava bean and mint salad.  This wine was a gift from Emark on one of his sojourns to our part of the state.  Nice!  It had a weird sweet note when I took the first sip, and also when I went back to it later, but both times subsequent sips were fine, so I think there was something residual in my mouth from whatever I had right before that.  Otherwise it was fine, a nice mixture of red currants, a little mint, some very smooth tannins, and a nice marriage of sweet oak.  I think there's at least some American oak in this. 

Thanks again, Mark!

 

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 25, 2017.

I've always wondered why the Levant (Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria) produces that huge-noduled couscous. Doesn't absorb flavors, sauces, the way the North African and Arabian versions do...

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Reply by Really Big Al, Apr 30, 2017.

Our Balkan wine tasting party was a success tonight.  One wine was duplicated, the Greek Santorini.  

Everyone had a good time.  We learned more about these wines and the red from Bulgaria was determined to be the best of the batch.  One wine was a mistake - a wine from Lebanon.  Oh well, you live and learn.

Oh, Sandra knitted the 'pussy hats'.  We use these during our protests in Washington DC.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Apr 30, 2017.

Attended a Washington Ballet performance today at the Warner Theater in Washington DC.  This was an afternoon performance and so we dined nearby at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab.  Wonderful meal starting with 12 + 6 oysters on the half shell (sparkling Brut Premier Roederer wine for myself, 2015 Sancerre Domaine De La Perriere for Sandra) and then when the dining room opened at 5 PM, we enjoyed Alaskan King Crab and Shrimp / Salad along with two glasses of their finest Chardonnay from Napa (don't remember the winery).  Lovely meal.

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Reply by rckr1951, Apr 30, 2017.

RBA - Would be interested in your thoughts on the Thracian Valley, I've only had 2 whites and a rose from there and have been leery to try the straight up reds.  Sounds like I should rethink those thoughts.

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Reply by Really Big Al, May 1, 2017.

RC - I will also have an open mind with regard to the Thracian Valley in Bulgaria.  That one we tried at the party was drinking well above what I think they paid for it.

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Reply by Really Big Al, May 7, 2017.

We attended the 2017 Virginia's Gold Cup (horse races) yesterday.  It rained most of the time but we had a great time anyway - drinking wine and sharing wine too.  Check out my pictures here.

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Reply by rckr1951, May 7, 2017.

Went to the Gastro Pub last night.  After talking with the owners previously I brought 3 reasonably wines that matched the style of the place.  Something interesting occurred while setting up - a kid I coached in T-Ball 20+ yrs ago and a classmate of my son brought his girlfriend in to announce their wedding date.

Hadn't seen him since 2 years after he graduated - didn't recognize him or his girl friend - also a classmate of my son.

 His family showed up later unannounced to their surprise:

Meanwhile we drank a Banfi "Le Rime" Pinot Grigio 2014 - frutty with a viscosity to it, a Jeff Carrel "Les Darons" Languedoc 2014 - really solid and well done, excellent fruit, chewy tannins and lengthy after taste; and finished with Chateau de Landiras Graves 2014 - this was really good.  For the price it's a steal and needs another 12 months to smooth out.

By the way - they've got a kid in the who's taking CIA classes in Minneapolis during the week and drives home Friday night to cook here.  Makes some really good artisan pizzas.

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Reply by EMark, May 7, 2017.

Well, looky here.  Another wine-stained label.  How, ever does this keep happening?

 

This is an outstanding wine.  It validates my confidence in Keenan.  Nice suggestion of dried fruit on entry--cassis blueberry, plum.  Well-known Spring Mountain tannin does not pop up until mid- to rear-palate.  It is not obnoxious at all, it gives the wine character.  An excellent example of a reasonably priced (OK, "reasonable" is relative) Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that hits well above it's weight.

Not nearly as cool as going to the Virginia Gold Cup, I spend Sunday restoring my garage from the disarray of yesterday's plumbing project.  My car is now properly parked in the garage.  

For those of you homeowners who have never dealt with a re-piping project (and I truly hope that none of you have), here are some pics of what the plumber leaves you:

 

So, next week the City of Diamond Bar comes in for an inspection, and then, the drywall guy gets scheduled.

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Reply by rckr1951, May 7, 2017.

EMARK - My wife and I completely gutted our house and I do commiserate with you.  We are saving for the putting a new sewer line in summer 2018.

The wine label shows character don't you think?

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Reply by MJET, May 7, 2017.

No wine for me this weekend as we went boating both days. Drank a little scotch and plenty of water. We had outstanding weather! 

South Beach

Fisher Island 

 

Downtown Miami

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Reply by Really Big Al, May 8, 2017.

Florida sounds appealing after the cold weekend we had up here.  Plumbing projects are something I would never take on myself, especially replacing all the drywall.  I never could get the seam to disappear on one piece I fixed myself.  Anyway, a 2007 cab does sound nice.

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Reply by Really Big Al, May 8, 2017.

Almost forgot about yesterday.  We attended an excellent play called 'Smart People' at the Arena Stage Theater in the district.  Very emotional play, and I could tell that several old fogey types didn't like it (one old couple walked out with just 10 minutes to go).  It got a standing ovation.  

We had parked our car in Crystal City (Arlington, VA), so we decided to dine at the Morton's Steakhouse in Crystal City.  Started with a Prosecco for me and a Sancerre for Sandra, along with just a half-dozen oysters on the half-shell.  Once the dining room was open, we moved to a booth and ordered our entree - a nice center cut prime rib-eye for myself and the miso marinated sea bass for Sandra.  She had another white, this time the 2015 Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, while I had a glass of the 2013 Stag's Leap "Hands of Time" Cabernet Sauvignon.  Very tasty meal, although I thought there was a touch too much salt on the meat.

All the wines were very nice.  I've become very fond of having a sparkling wine with raw oysters.

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Reply by sipsamplestroll, May 9, 2017.

Hi All, newbie here. First post on Snooth. I've loved reading your posts so far :-)

Me: Sommelier in training with a very keen appetite for wine & food pairings.

Weekend Wines: Yippee the fresh-from-the-earth asparagus has finally arrived at the supermarkets. I paired a "2015 Spinyback Waimea Estates Sauvignon Blanc" two ways; Tomato & Bocconcini Caprese salad and two variations of asparagus, prosciutto, goat's cheese, puffed pastry tarts.

Feasting on this seasonal veggie was Delish!!

Cheers Cora :-)

 

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Reply by Really Big Al, May 9, 2017.

Welcome to the Snooth wine forum Cora.  Nice wine selection (sub $20, right?) and please tell me you didn't overcook the asparagus.  We like it a little hard, just like corn on the cob.  Some people cook vegetables to death.  

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Reply by sipsamplestroll, May 9, 2017.

Hi Really Big Al, thanks for the welcome. I never...ever...ever overcook veggies that's "sacre religious". And my head would be on the platter. Sub $20.00 wine for sure. Great New Zealand zinger :-) Cheers

 

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 9, 2017.

Yes, welcome Cora.  Asparagus is supposed to be tough to pair wine with although the Alsatians have a pretty good handle on it with their Pinot Blanc.  Your asparagus dishes look delicious!  How did the SB match up?

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Reply by sipsamplestroll, May 9, 2017.

The SB was a pretty good match. The fresh, lively acidity and citrusy finish were a great match to the goat cheese, bocconcini, and tomatoes as well. I was pleased. We'll have to give the Alsatian wines a try too. Thx for the suggestion :-)

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 9, 2017.

Cora, here's a link to a trip report I wrote when we visited Alsace last summer, hope you enjoy it.  Most definitely seek out some Alsace Riesling when you get a chance, especially some Grand Cru from a well known producer like Domaine Weinbach or Domaine Zind-Humbrecht.

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