Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Cooking with Cheap Wine?
Well, an entertainingly written article in the New York Times debunks that theory. The writer actually bought both the crappiest and the best wines she could find and then prepared the same dishes with them. And as it turns out, you really DON'T need to use good wine in cooking. Or at least that's what she says (I'm still a bit skeptical). Read the article here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Low Brow Humor
It has been scientifically proven that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria found in feces.
In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of Pooh. However, we do not run that risk when drinking wine (or rum, whiskey, beer or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
WATER = Pooh
WINE = HEALTH
Ergo: It is better to drink wine and talk stupid than to drink water and be full of crap.
How to Get a Cork Out of a Wine Bottle
For your viewing pleasure...
Ok, here's a good trick to impress your guests (especially after you've CONSUMED the bottle of wine that you'll need to do the trick). I wouldn't have believed this was actually possible except for the fact that my dad (ever the brave soul) demonstrated it - not once, but TWICE in a row. I saw it with my own eyes, and it DOES work. Pretty amazing.
Thank you to Dad for this info.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Another winner from Coppola - 2005 Diamond Label Chardonnay
As you may recall, I've written about the excellent Diamond Label Claret several times. (It's one of my favorite reds, and by far my favorite moderately priced red). But until now I hadn't tried the Chardonnay. To celebrate the renovation of my kitchen, I broke out a bottle of the 2005 Diamond Label Chardonnay to share with my parents (you remember them, they started out as Manishewitz drinkers, but they've been making a lot of progress.)
I served it well chilled, which suited this wine. I was at first surprised by the color. A very dark yellow-gold... much darker than most chards I'd had. The aroma was floral and citrus. The taste was very smooth, with hints of apple, vanilla, and pear, and an essence of wildflowers. Think a sunny, flower-covered field on a clear Spring day -- that's the feel of this wine.
We had it with various small plates of appetizers: marinated artichokes, garlic hummus, pita toasts, chickpea salad, horseradish chedder, olives, and roasted red pepper and artichoke tapanade. Possibly the flavors of the appetizers were a little too bold for a chardonnay. Next time I think I'll enjoy it with crackers and fruit or something less zingy. It would pair well with grilled chicken and salads. I can see this being a fine spring/summer staple. Highly recommended.
On another note... I stumbled across a fellow blogger's post about Coppola wines that was just hilarious. Take a look.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Kosher Wine - Revisited
- The Long Winding Road to World Class Wine
- The Top 50 Kosher Wines in the World
- Kosher Reds: 12 Best Buys
- The Wine Lover's Passover Meal
The Guide provides a comprehensive look at today's Kosher wines, which clearly are NOT the Manishewitz of my youth. With Passover approaching, this guide may come in handy.
Thank you to Mindy Mintz for bringing the Guide to my attention!