Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Noir’

Oregon… But Not Forgotten 

February 12, 2017

Wow!

Really?!?!?!

July 16th!

That’s the last time I posted on this blog.

That’s almost seven months!

Geez!!!!!

You should know that I’ve been drinking good wine and eating great food the whole time… But, sometimes, life gets in the way (I’ve got all these kids, now!).

Now…

Even though I don’t post here as often as I used to, Stay Rad Wine Blog will be here forever.

If that’s not enough Jeff for you (I mean… Who doesn’t need more Jeff in their life?), you can always join me on the We Like Drinking Podcast (available here, or download on iTunes) every Friday.

Check out the wine I was drinking on our latest episode…

Troon Vineyard 2013 Black Label M*T Reserve

The Troon Vineyard 2013 Black Label M*T Reserve was sent to me as a sample for review a few months back.  It’s a wonderfully odd field blend of 57.67% Malbec and 44.33% Tannat.  It’s a big, dark, and juicy wine from Southern Oregon that would give many a Napa Cab a run for their money.

It also goes great with Taquitos!

A few days later, I jumped into another Oregon wine while I was making dinner…

A Blooming Hill Vineyard 2014 “Trouble” Pinot Noir

The 2014 Pinot Noir from A Blooming Hill Vineyard was another sample sent for review.  The husband and wife team of Holly and Jim Witte named their two Pinot Noir blocks after their dogs (Gemini and Trouble).  This “Trouble” has a super fun nose of mushrooms, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, and wet rocks.  The palate is surprisingly sharp and fresh on the first approach.  Loads of tart cranberries, red currant, and (would you believe it?) lime zest.  If the high acid up front scares you, don’t trip… It becomes much more approachable with time in the glass.

Food helps too…

Sicilian Cauliflower Pizza

That Pinot Noir is a great pizza wine.  The combination was a beautifully juicy and round meal… Perfect for a Friday night at home with the one you love.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Be sure to listen to Jeff each and every week on the We Like Drinking Podcast (available now on iTunes).

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV 161: Hometown on a Hot Day

May 1, 2015

In this episode, Jeff has Pinot Noir on his mind…

Wine Tasted:

Hartley Ostini Hitching Post 2013 Hometown Pinot Noir

Food Pairing:

Sausage and Asparagus Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Goat Cheese on a Whole Wheat Crust

After the Fact:

Hey… I forgot to give you a score!  This Pinot Noir is an easy 91.  Easy.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 148: Stone Cold Goods

November 25, 2014

In this episode, Jeff reviews two samples from Cornerstone Oregon before the Thanksgiving holiday…

Wines Reviewed:

 

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Cornerstone Oregon 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Pinot Noir

 

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What wine will you be pairing with your Thanksgiving feast?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 147: More Than I Bargained For

November 22, 2014

In this episode, Jeff reviews this epic Pinot Noir that was just lying around in his local liquor store for the last 3 years…

Wine Tasted:

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Hirsch Vineyards 2009 SF Food Bank Cuvee Pinot Noir

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Have you ever tried bargaining for a better price when wine shopping?  Would you?  Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 143: This Albatross is Fantastic!

October 12, 2014

In this episode, Jeff tries a Pinot Noir by request.

Wine Tasted:

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Albatross Ridge 2011 Addison Rose Pinot Noir

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite Monterey County Pinot Noir?  When’s the last time you’ve had a truly Fantastic wine?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 130: Pinot What I’m Sayin’?

April 10, 2014

In this episode, Jeff tries a 2011 Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley of Oregon…

Wine Tasted:

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Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite red wine to drink in warm weather?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 124: They Gave Me a Ferrari!!!

December 5, 2013

In this episode, Jeff takes this Ferrari for a spin…

Wine Tasted:

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Ferrari NV Rose

Links:

Ferrari NV Rose sample provided by Gregory White PR.

Don’t forget to visit Jeff Eckle’s blog, The Lonely Vine.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Leave a comment, and let us know about the last, legit, pink, sparkling, Italian wine you had.

Pancakes and Pinot Noir

July 27, 2013

So…

I’ve been rethinking the way I look at food.

Let’s take pancakes, for example.  I have never been a pancake-for-breakfast type of guy.

They’re way too filling.  They’re way too sweet.  They’re almost always made from some crappy mix from a box that’s been sitting in the back of somebody’s pantry for way too long.

But…

When we change the idea of a pancake from a fluffy, sugary breakfast food to that of a hearty, crisp, savory meal… Well… That’s something I can get into.

So…

The other day, I was watching The Chew.  On this episode, guest chef, Ming Tsai, showed how to make a simple, savory pancake out of leftover Chinese food.

It looked so tasty…

So good…

So not like a traditional pancake…

I just had to make my own version (without the leftovers).

So, here’s what I did…

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I mixed together 2 cups of flour with one cup of warm water until it became one fluffy ball. I kneaded the dough for about ten minutes, then left it in a bowl (covered by a damp towel) for about an hour.

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While the dough was resting, I chopped up about a quarter of a cabbage and two scallions, and threw them in a bowl.

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I rolled out half of the dough really thin, brushed it in olive oil, sprinkled in some salt, and covered the dough with the half of the cabbage and scallions. I then rolled up the dough, pulled it apart into two smaller pieces, and rolled each piece into a 7″ pancake. I proceeded to make two more pancakes with the rest of the dough.

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Each of the pancakes was cooked over medium heat in an omelet pan with a little bit of olive oil for about 3 and a half minutes each side. To finish the pancake, I topped it with some prosciutto and a little bit of the leftover cabbage and scallions.

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To serve, the pancake was cut into four slices, topped with a drizzle of Sriracha, and accompanied by a butter lettuce salad with a spicy peanut vinaigrette.

Wow!

I was really happy with how this turned out.  The pancake is crisp and chewy.  The cabbage and scallions give the pancake an earthy flavor.  The prosciutto gives a delicate meaty flavor, while the Sriracha adds a spicy complexity.

Now…

You know I’ve gotta have some wine with this.

Here’s what I chose…

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VINTJS 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Trader Joe’s keeps surprising me with the quality of juice they are bringing for price.  In a world where people are obsessing over Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley of Oregon, usually the entry-level wines from this region come in at $20.

So…

When I saw this wine for $8, I had to get it.

Color: Very light ruby.  I know Pinot Noir is always going to be light, but this is one of the lightest I’ve ever seen.

Nose: Upon first inspection, the fruit on this wine is hard to miss.  Though it does dissipate as the wine opens up, initially, all I could really get was fresh raspberries.  Notes of maraschino cherries, whipped cream, and even some lettuce leaf begin to appear over time.

Taste: Though dry, I can’t help but think of a summertime dessert of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry tart when tasting this wine.  There are some good notes of vanilla, spice, clove, and tobacco leaf.  While pretty, the wine finishes a bit thin for me.

Score: Make no mistake.  If you really want to know what Willamette Valley Pinot Noir tastes like, this not the wine for you.  But… If you want a quality wine for 8 bones, this will do the trick.  88 points.

With Food: I am really happy with this pairing.  The savory, salty, and spicy pancake highlights notes of tea leaf and tobacco in the wine.  It provides a good body and depth of flavor to the wine as well.  The peanut dressing on the salad continues to provide a great earthiness I felt was lacking in the wine.

Do yourself a favor…

The next time you’re thinking about pancakes, put down that maple syrup and grab the Pinot Noir instead.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What wine would you pair with your favorite pancake? Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 110: Pinot Noir and Zinfandel with Dave TheVegetarian

July 7, 2013

In this episode, Jeff and Dave TheVegetarian taste a few wines before dinner…

Wine Tasted:

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XYZin 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel

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Big Basin Vineyards 2009 Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir

Food Tasted:

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Homemade Bread with a Trio of Compound Butter

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Linguine of Asparagus and Garlic

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite 15 dollar Zin? What’s your favorite wine region for Pinot Noir? Leave a comment, and let us know.

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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