Posts Tagged ‘Grill’

Here’s What I Did: Pork Tenderloin and Pinot Noir

June 8, 2013

I was in a grilling type of mood this afternoon, so here’s what I did…

I picked up some pre-marinated Peppercorn Garlic Pork Tenderloin at Trader Joe’s today.

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Here it is on the grill…

The tenderloin is supposed to be grilled over medium heat for 20 minutes a pound, so I had some time kill.

Here’s where the wine comes in…

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Trader Joe’s Reserve 2011 Lot #77 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

You know that I’m a huge fan of the Trader Joe’s Reserve wines.  You can’t help but love the quality that they bring for around 10 bucks.  You also know that I’ve long been a fan of wines from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.  When taking into account my recent crush on Pinot Noir lately, I just had to pick up this wine today.

Color: This Pinot Noir was a very light red.  There were a few shimmering hints of rusty orange as well.

Nose: Very fruit-forward.  Strawberries and cherries up front, with hints of potting soil and some fresh cracked black pepper.

Taste: A whole lot of cola and soil up front.  The cranberry fruit on this wine is blended with some subtle notes of orange zest.  Good tannins and acidity.  Now… I know this is gonna sound weird, but there is a finish of a salty, pecorino romano cheese.

Score: Like most cool-climate Pinot Noirs that I’ve been digging on lately, I really enjoyed the subtle complexities of this wine.  There aren’t many 10 dollar Pinot Noirs on the market that can bring it like this TJ’s Reserve.  I’ve got a feeling that a lot of folks would prefer this over most of the 20 dollar Pinots in stores today.  89 points.

Now…

Back to the pork!

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22.5 minutes, and 160 degrees, later… It’s ready!

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Grilled Peppercorn Garlic Pork Tenderloin and Steamed Brussels Sprouts

The juicy and smoky pork highlighted the strawberry fruit and spicy notes in the wine.  The bitter, green flavors of Brussels sprouts showcased the soil and tannins of the wine.

Fantastic!

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What would you pair with a pork tenderloin?  What would you pair with a Pinot Noir?  Leave a comment and let us know.

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Rosé and the Grill

April 21, 2013

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

It’s beautiful here in Northern California.

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It’s the perfect time to break open the ol’ grill.

When you’re grilling, there are a couple different ways to go in terms of wine pairing.

For me, the choice was obvious…

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Stepping Stone 2012 Corallina Syrah Rosé by Cornerstone Cellars

The fine folks at Cornerstone Cellars sent this wine my way as a sample, and I just had to break it open.

This rosé is 100% Napa Valley Syrah.  The block of this Syrah was intended to be used for rosé from the beginning.  In a world where some rosé is treated as an afterthought, this wine was made with intention.  For a wine that saw French oak for 5 months before bottling, this rosé is surprisingly affordable at $20 a bottle.  Considering that it is now available on special at $16 from the winery, this rosé is a steal.

Color: A beautiful salmon pink.

Nose: Citrus of grapefruit and lime, with a fun cherry 7-up minerality on the nose.

Taste: Make no mistake.  This is a dry rosé.  The fruit, however, gives a good perception of sweetness.  Beautiful notes of cherries, raspberries, and cranberries with a little orange zest on the back end.  A nice minerality, and good acidity, gives this wine a fresh balance that completely hides the 14.1% alcohol.

Score: Cornerstone will tell you that this a serious rosé.  I agree.  A solid 88.

Now, onto the food…

 

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Mushroom, Onion, and Bell Pepper Kabobs, Marinated Portobellos, and a New York Strip

Some folks will tell you that this outdoor meal requires a big Cab, or a ripe Zin, but those folks are squares.

This is rosé weather.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your beverage of choice when you’re manning the grill?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

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Burgers, Beer, the Bachelorette, and Wine: L’Authentique Barbecue

June 14, 2011

Inspiration abounds when ground beef and Tecate Light are in the mix.

KaraIsRad, my wife, was to be back from the gym in about 15 minutes.  The clock inside my brain told me it was time to start prepping.

80/20 ground beef?  Check!

Veggie Patties (For her, dude!)?  Check!

Grill on?  Fa’ sho!

Tecate Light?  No doubt!

Let it be said that I do love hoppy craft beers.  Love ’em!  Make them so hoppy it tastes like I just bit a rose bud off of a 5 year old bush.  Flowers for days.  Love me some micro-brew!

But…

When a grill is involved, you have to bring out the canned lager.  The macro-brew, if you will.  Something cold with a tinny (aluminum) kick.

I’m a Coors Lite fan.  Not that I think it is any better than Bud or Pabst or Modelo.  It’s not even different.  I like the Coors Lite because of the can.  There’s only one can that can tell you it’s cold using blue mountains.  One!  That’s the Silver Bullet, baby.

I had some Tecate Light on hand, because I’ve been on a taco kick lately.  Again… there is no (okay… a little) difference in taste here.  If you’re making tacos on the grill, however, your canned lager MUST be Mexican.  I don’t make the rules, holmes.  I just stick to ’em.

Now…

I was deep in it.  Getting my mise en place for the ultimate Blue Cheese Burger w/ Garlic Dijon Aioli, when I thought to myself,

“You know what would go great with this burger?  WINE!”

I dropped my Tecate Light like it was cold, and grabbed me this sucker…

The L'Authentique la Caumette NV and my dope ass Nokia (Phone Book) leaning against a turtle lamp.

When I picked up this $4.99 bottle of L’Authentique la Caumette NV Red Table Wine at Trader Joe’s, I swear the elderly stock clerk gave me the same look that Bastian got from that dude at the book store in Never Ending Story.  His eyes said to me, “You can’t handle this!”  I started to shake just before he ripped the bottle out of my hands…

I was shocked to hear him speak in such a calming tone  “Nice.  This is an EXCELLENT bottle of wine,” he told me in a gentle French accent.  “This wine has good fruit, nice acidity, and for the price… it cannot be beat.”

This Non-Vintage French table wine does not list the grape varietals being used, but the word on the street is that it’s a blend of syrah, grenache, mourvedre and carignan.  The back label, showing a map of France with a little dot near the Southern Rhone, leads me to believe that the aforementioned blend is entirely possible.

I poured two glasses.  One for me and one for KaraIsRad.  Then, it was back to the barbecue…

Pre-Heat to Hell Fire... ALWAYS!

80/20 ground beef w/ egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and dill. Shape like a deformed heart, and lay it down!

Always oil up the grates to get sear marks. Only flip it once. Man Code!

Time to eat… I mean… taste the wine.

Blue Cheese Burger w/ Garlic Dijon Aioli, Arugula Salad w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta (by KaraIsRad), and L'Authentique in a big glass. Not L'Fake!

Color:  This wine is as red as red can get without being black.  I’m talking BLACK!  It’s what I would envision the back alley of Fangtasia from True Blood to look like.

Nose:  My fist thought is of orange zest.  Very ripe, but acidic in nature.  There is a chalky feel to this nose.  I love chalk.  Throughout it all, there is a red raspberry fruit that balances everything out.

Hey…

The Bachelorette is on!

Told you!

Look… I’m not a huge fan of the show, but it is a great conversation starter:

“Who names their kid Constantine?  Or West?  Or Ames?”

“What’s up with that guy’s face?”

“Why does she wear so many belly shirts?”

“How come that dude is always squinting?”

“Is that dude missing his lower set of teeth?”

“That dude runs like a girl.  What’s his problem?”

Oh yeah…

Back to the wine!

Taste:  On the initial attack, there are these extremely dry, mouth-filling tannins.  They are lasting 30+ seconds, easily.  Dee-lish!

There is that same orange zest component that I smelled earlier, but it is rounded out with hints of lemon and lime.  There is this not-so-ripe strawberry flavor that is really nice.  Great acidity!

I just took my first bite of the burger…

"These burgers are crazy!" - The Moldy Peaches

It is F-ing Amazing!

The beefiness of the burger, paired with the lactic notes of the blue cheese and tanginess of the aioli bring out some chocolaty tones from the wine.  It gives my entire mouth a rich milky feel.

KaraIsRad made a fresh arugula salad with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and a red wine vinaigrette.  This highlights the flavors of orange blossoms and chalk.

You have to respect this wine for what it is.  A red table wine.  What do we put on our tables?

Food.

By itself, the wine is a solid 88.  With food?  Give it a 90.  This is the perfect wine for a weeknight meal with the wife.  And a steal at 5 bucks.

Pair it with Pizza, Pasta, Burgers, the Bachelorette, and possibly the Bad Girls Club.  This wine is THAT versatile!

Have you ever seen a wine bottle this full?

Stay Rad,
Jeff

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