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October 14, 2009


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On Tuesday, I made my girlfriend & I Moroccan Stuffed Snapper in the Romertopf. I paired this with a bottle of '06 J Vineyards Pinot Noir (an absolute steal for $25 in the local Costco).

The wine had a taste of red and dark cherries as well as strawberries and earth. I'm going to buy a few more bottles to store for another year or two to allow for the firm tannins to mellow out just a little. Overall excellent value for money.

At this hour of the morning? Coffee. Fair trade, medium roast. Not much on the nose, but a smooth and satisfying finish. Once I wake up a little I might remember more about the whine I've been having a lot of lately. Something about cleaning up the yard...

All kidding aside, Lenn, I think this is an excellent idea.

Paul - Sounds like not only a nice wine, but an excellent meal. Cheers.

Bill - This morning I'm also drinking coffee, though in the dark of my kitchen I added flour instead of sugar. Anyone up for porridge?

Paul: Thanks for taking part, and Evan is right...that meal sounds amazing.

Bill: I'm on water this morning...but I'll be drinking local tonight, you can bet on that.

anything white from six mile creek vineyard!

2007 Ravines Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes last night, was just lovely. Full, rich flavors, very complete wine. Very long too. Had it with Tilapia and savoy cabbage. Doesn't sound like a match, but it worked.

Jim...cabbage is almost always a match with cab franc. Nicely done.

Here are some NY Wines that I have enjoyed recently. Please do not ask me to tell you why, because I am terrible at describing, but all of these I thought were worthwhile and in no particular order:

2008 Anthony Road semi dry Reisling
2005 Bedell Taste Red
2006 Roanoke Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Wolffer's Estate Merlot
2005 Macari Estate Merlot

The biggest thumbs up to Hearts and Hands 2006 Pinot Noir since that is the one that surprised me most. Finally a pinot noir from NYS that actually tastes like a Pinot Noir!

2003 Roanoke Vineyards Blend One
2004 Lieb Merlot (reserve)
2007 Bedell Taste White

Old Field 2001 Merlot (North Fork)
Old Field Rooster Tail N/V (North Fork)
Ravines Pinot Rose (Keuka Lake East)
Treleaven 2008 Dry Riesling (Cayuga Lake East)
Macari Early Wine (North Fork)

Just back from our annual Finger Lakes winery trip so we've put NY wines on the back burner a bit although that won't last long. Lakewood's 2006 Pinot gris went well with last night's scallops dinner.

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