Posts Tagged ‘Reserve’

How I Roll

June 22, 2013

Last night, I was heading over to a friend’s house for a little get-together.

He asked everybody to brink an appetizer and a bottle of wine.

Now…

Some folks stress out about what to bring, but not me.

This is how I roll.

Earlier in the day, I stopped by Trader Joe’s to get some apps and wine.

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I got two types of frozen samosas, and tossed ’em in the freezer.

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I also got me a bottle of Trader Joe’s Reserve 2009 Lot #72 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and put it in the fridge.

Now…

Some folks may question why I would put a red wine in the fridge, but it totally makes sense.  First, it had been sitting at room temperature for a couple of weeks in a grocery store.  That, coupled with the fact that it was pretty hot yesterday, meant that I had to bring the temp of the wine down.

Let’s keep going…

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About an hour before the party, I pre-heated the oven…

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While the oven was getting to temp, I took my dog for a walk.

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After I got back, I was ready to throw the samosas in the oven.

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While the samosas were cooking, I took the wine out of the fridge.

By the time I got to the party, the wine was at perfect cellar temperature.

So…

Now let’s talk about the wine…

You know that I’m a fan of the Trader Joe’s Reserve wines.  It’s tough to go wrong with quality juice at $10.  This Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was produced by Mazzocco Winery (a great Zinfandel-heavy winery in Healdsburg).

Color: Dark ruby.

Nose: Chalky raspberry, blueberry, and plum with hints of leather.

Taste: There are some aggressive (yet chalky) tannins on this wine.  Great fruit notes of raspberries and blueberries.

Score: This is a solid, solid wine.  I love the fruit to this wine, but there is not a whole lot more to it.  Still… at $10, this wine totally over-delivers.  88+

The next time you have to bring apps and wine to a party.  Don’t stress… roll like me.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your wine-of-choice to bring to a dinner party?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

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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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