In this episode, Jeff takes this Ferrari for a spin…
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In this episode, Jeff recommends this Cotes du Rhone for your Thanksgiving feast…
After the Fact: Jeff hasn’t done any videos in a while, so he’s a bit rusty. Please forgive him for referring to this wine as a Cotes du Rhone Villages, when it is obviously a Cotes du Rhone.
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I drink White Zinfandel.
I said it.
Considering that 10% of all wine sold in the United States is White Zinfandel, it’s hard for me to imagine that anybody reading this post right now has never had a taste of that sweet, pink, fermented grape juice.
Considering that you are the type of wine drinker that reads blogs, it would be hard for me to imagine that your personal wine cellar has anywhere close to a 10% composition of White Zinfandel. In fact, I doubt that your collection has any White Zin at all.
Why would you?
It’s pink. It’s sweet. It’s one-dimensional.
Dare I say…
In my neck of the woods, you’d get your ass kicked for drinking that stuff.
What the hell was I thinking when I brought home this?
I know that most of us say that we would not be caught dead with this sweet stuff in our houses, but you’ve gotta know that there is a time and a place for White Zin.
A while back, I went to a wedding in Phoenix, Arizona (and wrote about it here). It was 95 degrees out, and I was wearing a warm-ass suit.
They were serving some White Zin at the bar, and I decided to go for it.
It was exactly what I needed.
It was exactly what I needed at the time.
From that moment forward, I swore that I would never overlook any type of wine just because it’s not en vogue.
There is a time and a place for everything.
It’s been quite some time since my last White Zin experience, so I thought I’d try my hand at a food pairing with the original pink stuff… Sutter Home 2012 California White Zinfandel.
First, let’s give it a taste, and see what we’re working with…
Color: Pink. I mean… seriously. This is what you would expect White Zin to be.
Nose: The fruit is definitely present on the nose. Big, juicy strawberries, with a bit of lemon/lime soda poured over the top. There’s a surprisingly nice minerality here.
Taste: More of the same. Sweet strawberry juice with lime citrus and some nice mineral notes.
Score: There’s nothing that exciting about a wine like this. It’s neither an in-your-face mind-blower, nor is it a nuanced thought-provoker. It just is what it is… A delicious, and refreshing, adult beverage. Crack one open right after finishing some yard work, and you’ll be stoked. It’s an easy 82 for me. That’s right. I said it.
On to the food!
If it’s been a long time since your last White Zinfandel, you may want to give it another shot.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Okay, guys… Here’s your homework assignment. Head on down to the grocery store with five bucks, pick up a White Zinfandel, and leave your tasting notes below. We want to know your take on the pink stuff.
In this episode, Jeff dives in to a nice Rosé.
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In this episode, Jeff tries a $5 wine with no detectable sulfites…
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Jeff takes a break from packing boxes for the big move to review this French sparkling wine…
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Yesterday was a great day.
Yesterday was pay day.
Yesterday, Kara and I got our Sushi on at CreAsian in Morgan Hill.
Yesterday I was feeling luxurious!
At least… a little more luxurious than normal.
Peep this cold sake I ordered up…
Like most sakes that you order up in the U.S., this rice wine was made in America. Now, while some of us may be bummed to find that our sake isn’t Japanese, you should be happy to know that this particular sake was made by Kushibiki Reiko… The first female sake master in these United States. This split of sake cost me eight bucks.
Color: Not much color at all. Pretty clear.
Nose: The nose on this sake is more floral than anything else. There’s tons of lavender here, but it is quite fruity. Think dried apricot and a bit of plums.
Taste: This wine is very viscous and oily on the palate. Again… it’s very fruity. More of those plums, along with a bit of juicy fruit gum. At its core, the sake is earthy and hearty, with just a touch of white flowers.
This is some good, crisp, lively, and exciting sake.
Now, let’s get to the food…
I’ve always been a fan of sashimi. Just give me some raw slices of fish, and I’m good to go.
Sometimes, I want to eat a little bit more than what is offered up on a traditional sashimi plate.
This is where the sashimi salad comes in!
This thing has just as much, if not more, tuna than the normal sashimi plate, plus a ton of lettuce, seaweed, and rice. Add the fact that they give you a huge squeeze bottle of sriracha to go with it, and you’ve got a fantastic bowl of Japanese comfort food.
I was lovin’ that sashimi salad…
Almost as much as I was lovin’ that sake.
When was the last time you had some sake? Leave us a comment, and tell us about it.