From the Cellar

The Food & Family Summer Begins

29 Sep 2015

(May 23, 2015) ... So my niece and soon-to-be nephew came to town and we had a hell of an afternoon of food and wine from the likes of Creekside and Honsberger ... Problems began when we got home, and the question became: 'who felt like more food and more wine?' Well the wine was no problem, as we opened a bottle of Creekside 2012 Iconoclast Syrah, just to show my ever wine-curious nephew the difference between the 2013 Syrahs tried at Creekside vs those made in 2012 ... I reviewed this wine recently so click here to see it.

We then went a little lighter in the wine department as we lit the BBQ to grill up some garlic butter shrimp and opened a delightful bottle of Hitching Post 2009 Hometown Pinot Noir. Hitching Post is the famous eatery where Milo met Mia in Sideways ... And they are right the Pinots made under this brand are quite lovely: a nose of strawberry, clove, and anise leads to a palate loaded wine red berries like strawberry and raspberry, plus the addition of white pepper; the core of this wine is juicy with hints of white pepper, and good tannins on the finish.

Next on the menu tonight was striploin steak and what better way to enjoy that than with an Antu 2012 Syrah from Chile. There's some of that typical minty blackberry and hint of cherry; the mint continues on the palate with white pepper, smoky, blackberry, and black cherry notes. This is a really big wine and a tasty one.

And that was the beginning of my summer of too much food and lots of family - stay tuned for more on both.


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