Groovin’ in the House of TheVegetarian

The other day, Kara and I went up to visit the TheVegetarians (Kara and Dave).

Earlier in the day, we did a blind tasting at The Wine Club in San Jose (technically Santa Clara)… But you already knew that… ‘Cause you read it here.

After the tasting, we went back over to the TheVegetarians’ house, so Dave could cook us up some dinner.

But if you’re gonna have dinner, you gotta have wine.

We started with this Chinon I picked up from The Wine Club…

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Domaine Fabrice Gasnier 2010 Les Graves Chinon

Color: Dark lava rock red.

Nose: Nice blackberry fruit and leather.  Big notes of green bell pepper.

Taste: This wine is all grip.  The tannins coat your entire mouth with goodness.  The taste is predominantly that of green bell pepper.  There is a good acid to this, with some nice black and blue fruits in the background.

Score: Every time I have a Chinon (Cabernet Fran from the Loire), I walk away happy.  This one was about 16 bucks at The Wine Club.  While some folks may be turned off by the green-ness of this wine, I think the majority of you would be stoked on how interesting it is.  90+

The first course was a big bowl of Torrontes Braised Artichokes…

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Mmmmmmmm…

If I learned anything from my wine and chili experiment, it’s this:

Green plus Green = Fantastic!

The flavors of the Chinon and the artichokes married perfectly.

While Dave started making some pizza, we cracked open a Cotes du Rhone…

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Paul Jaboulet Aine 2007 Parallele 45 Cotes Du Rhone and Pizza.

This Cotes du Rhone was like 9 dollars at BevMo.  It’s good.  I know it’s good.  I’ve reviewed it before.  Check it out!

But let’s talk about this pizza…

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Mmmmmmmm…

It looks like Dave has been taking a lesson from Gordon Ramsay and Girls… He’s keeping it simple!

The only thing that is really seasoned here is the dough that he made.  The topping is just fresh mozzarella, basil, and pureed tomatoes.

That’s it!

And it was f-ing delicious!

We ran out of the Cotes du Rhone (and the pizza) pretty quickly, so we uncorked one more wine…

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Los Vascos 2009 Cochagua Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chilean wine from the folks who brought you Chateau Lafite Rothschild.  It was like 10 bucks, or something.

Color: Dark ruby-red to purple.

Nose: Blackberries, raspberries, and oak.

Taste: This wine is definitely oak-driven.  The tannins are good, but have a slight astringency to them.  There is a good mix of cranberry fruit and green bell peppers.

Score: All in all, a good wine.  88

Good wine.

Good food.

Good friends.

That’s how you get your groove on.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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