Thursday, August 25, 2011

Best of both worlds - Brownies and Bubbly!

At least in my mind they are! In the world of sweet finishes you have cakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecakes, ad infinitum. In the world of wine you have different styles as well - dry wines, sweet wines, dessert wines, crisp wines, sparkling wines, also ad infinitum.

To me brownies are the bomb of the sweet world - they are rich, moist, chewy and cross the borders of many other desserts. For instance, they are sort of cake-like, but more dense like a cheesecake, but more moist like a pudding or a stiff mousse. And, of course, they are CHOCOLATE - which is the king of the world of sweets!

Also, to me, sparkling wine is the bomb of the wine world - by nature it's a cuvee or blend and brings so many different nuances, flavors and aromas to the glass. In addition it has such zesty acidity that it can stand up against most types of food and hold its own.

So, stands to reason that they are a perfect pairing! For Valentine's Day in my house I love to make Espresso Iced Chocolate Brownies and serve them with Cristalino Brut Rose` Cava. The lucious chocolate with notes of espresso and creamy icing balance out the crisp and zingy cava with hints of berries - it's 60% Pinot Nior, 40% Trepat.

Try it for yourself and see what I mean - a match made in heaven!

Wine Spectator Wine of the Week for January 17, 2011

Posted: January 17, 2011

Jaume Serra Brut Rosé Cava Cristalino NV (85 points, $10)

"Here's a juicy rosé Cava, loaded with ripe cherry, blackberry and currant fruit, all framed by lively acidity. A good aperitif. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. From Spain."

-Alison Napjus

(Don't despair... World Market sells this wine for $7.99 - NOT the $10 listed above!)
Find it ~ Try it ~ Buy it ~ Love it!
Salud! KathyD

In Texas we say Ven-YAY...

Pronouncing the names of wine grapes can be a challenge for some people. I always love it when a customer at the store asks for a Viognier, everyone pronounces it differently. I'll get WHAN-yay if they think the "V" is pronounced "W". Then there's VEE-og-ner, or VOHG-ner. But my personal favorite is the very, very, Texas pronounciation of Ven-YAY... Always puts a smile on my face!

However you pronounce it, it's a great wine for pairing with a heavier fish dish, or even a cream sauce.

I've been catching up on Wine Spectator and really loving their picks for Wine of the Week. Most of them are wines I've tried and loved and are my customer's favorites. Great to know that Wine Spectator and I are in sync these days! I also just LOVE Harvey Steiman, his reviews, tasting notes and articles are always fun to read; he writes with a bit of wry humour that adds to your reading pleasure.

Wine of the Week for July 25, 2011

Posted: July 25, 2011

Yalumba Viognier South Australia The Y Series 2010 (89 points, $12)

"Fresh and juicy, delivering an exuberant mouthful of lemon peel–accented pear, almond and apricot flavors that linger beautifully. Drink now through 2013. 16,200 cases imported. From From Australia."  

-Harvey Steiman

What I love about this wine is its BIG-NESS (is that a word? Probably not, but you get what I mean.) - it is definitely a mouthfull of mouthfeel. So delicious and round in the mouth - flavor and finish that lasts and lasts, like the Energizer Bunny

Find it ~ Buy it ~ Try it ~ Love it!
Salud! KathyD

Got Gott?

Reading through some old emails today and discovered that Wine Spectator chose the Joel Gott 2010 Sauvignon Blanc as their Wine of the Week last week. Here's their blurb:

Wine of the Week for August 15, 2011

Posted: August 15, 2011

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California 2010 (89 points, $12) 

"Wonderfully focused and fresh, with terrific lime zest, lemongrass, passion fruit, and lemon notes that show laserlike focus. Long, juicy finish. Drink now. 29,294 cases made. From California."

-MaryAnn Worobiec

I've enjoyed more than a few glasses of this wine and think it's terrific - I love the zesty acidity and the freshness that it brings to the palate, especially in this hot Texas weather!

Find it ~ Buy it ~ Try it ~ Love it!
Salud! Kathyd

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