Sunday, July 29, 2007

Enter the Dragon

Am tasting the 2006 Domaine du Dragon rose from Provence (need to let it Breathe). Paired with a grilled chicken sandwich. This is the second time I've tasted this wine. The first was May of this year in Oakland at a French wine trade tasting during a rose seminar where we tasted about 12 different roses. I was impressed by it then and still am. The wine is barely pink. More peachy-pink. Taste: Think SPRITE, without the lemon and without the bubbles, and without the sugar, but all that would remain, and let little berries tiptoe in at the end.
Tink go the berries.
It's bright, refreshing. The wine is made of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre, but Cinsault plays the starring role. Typically a blending grape, Cinsault has its time to shine.
Catch it for $12.


We now take this brief pause in wine reviews to introduce Boy Shakira.

Monday, July 16, 2007


Have been sick recently. Tom, our Italian/imports guy, pointed to the wine bar and told me to drink-up. According to Tom there's Vitamin C in wine.

I did not go through the Argentine line-up of wines, but I did taste (and spat) one wine... the Cade 2006 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, which (from what I could tell) was pretty. Long finish. The peeps from Plumpjack make this... $26. Will have to try that again when I am well. So far, my favorite Sauvignon Blanc is the 2005 Saracina from Mendocino, $19.

Monday, July 09, 2007


Sometimes when you buy wine at Costco you get a diamond in the rough. Other times, after careful examination, you discover that dark little nugget is, in fact, a turd.

Enter: Cameron Hughes Lot 35, 2005 Cabernet from Yountville.
This was not actually a "bad" wine, but it was totally forgettable. The hype behind this wine, was that it's a wine in the $10 range that's supposed to taste like a $30 wine. Two-Buck Chuck tastes better. If this wine were a man, he'd be seeing the doctor for Viagra/Cialis/Levitra.. maybe taking all 3 at once.

For $12, you too can be left totally unsatisfied.

Saturday, July 07, 2007


Looked down at my wine receipt and saw this. Shoulda went to Vegas today.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

HOT Pastrami Love

This was a weird pairing for sure. Popped open the Lucien Albrecht Cremant D'Alsace Brut Rose (Pink champagne, except you cannot call it "Champagne" unless it comes from the Champagne region in France, plus a bunch of other rules. The French like rules). This one is from Alsace, which is southeast of Champagne.

Cremant d' Alsace is lesser-known, so (compared to Champagne) you can get it for a great price. This, I bought for $14. Loved the color... the pinkiest pink you ever did see. 100% Pinot Noir. Taste: like eating fresh cranberries. Very pretty. I paired this with a pastrami sandwich (and fries) from Mr. Pete in San Clemente. I called my friend Chad ( for a wine recommendation for Pastrami... he suggested Pinot Noir, or a grenache, or cotes du rhone or chianti... All, excellent suggestions... but it was hot and I felt like something chilled, so I brought on the bubbly. "Interesting" combination ... The saltiness from the pastrami seemed to overpower the rose.

But the wine still rocked.

Whenever I see/eat/hear of Pastrami, I always think of that Seinfeld episode. Here's a snippet.