Wine & Food Blog

Monday, November, 19, 2018

Tips for choosing a sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve

I’m not quite sure why many people gravitate towards sparkling wines only for special occasions. I can honestly tell you that a good sparkling wine tastes just as good on a random Tuesday in February as it does on New Year’s Eve. I’m going to blame it on labeling terms. They can be a bit confusing.  What is the difference between brut and dry anyway? And let’s also blame tradition. We’ve been conditioned to think of sparkling wines only for special occasions such as weddings, New Year’s Eve, and Grand Openings! Since at least one of these occasions will present itself this week, let’s put to rest some of the confusion with a few tips for successfully choosing a sparkling wine for NYE and many occasions to come.


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2012 Chateau Mirefleurs, Bordeaux Superior AOC

I have lost count of how many wines I’ve tasted this spring. I think it’s probably more than previous Springs combined. The benefit of professionally tasting a lot of wines in a short period of time (and taking systematic copious notes on each of them) is that it becomes very apparent which ones stand out as good values, which ones are ready to drink or need more time to develop in the bottle before they are able show their full beauty, or which wines are a bit thin and passable, and which make you stop and think about its expression in the context of where it is from.  And which wines are a great value for the money. (more…)

Roasted Garlic, Cheddar and Bacon Deviled Eggs

This Sunday we’re on the hook for bringing something delicious to Easter Sunday gathering. So we met up with Christopher Harris of Crooners & Cocktails in Portland, Maine who was gracious enough to share his recipe for the restaurant’s Roasted Garlic, Cheddar, and Bacon Deviled Eggs. These deviled eggs are so rich and full of flavor and will pair well with a wines on equally footing. Here’s the recipe along with three wine pairing suggestions that stand up to the rich bold flavors of these eggs.  (more…)

2011 Cedré Héritage from Cahors, France

The 2011 Cedré Héritage from Cahors, France. Lush ripe red raspberry and plums, with intoxicating aromas violets and lily, smoky and dusty earth, cedar, tobacco, and chocolate. Medium plus body, alcohol, acidity and gripping tannins and finish. A really good wine from one of our favorite go to regions for good value reds. For eating in, this wine would go really well with a garlic and rosemary rubbed steak on the grill and a side of marinated shiitakes. If dining out, the steak at the Merry Table in Portland, Maine is one we highly recommend. Give them a few days advance notice and they can arrange to have this wine for you, And I believe they have a delicious Cahors on the menu.


2011 Torii Mor, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

I opened this 2011 Torii Mor, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon last night and it was a little tight. After having the 2007 on a recent Wine Walk in the West End we knew how really good their wines are. So this one being much younger in age, I put it up for the night with a loosely fitted cork on the counter to let there be a slight air exchange.  (more…)