What's deep amber in hue, comes in a beautiful blue and gold labeled bottle, tastes like an adult caramel, and packs an epic burn? Metaxa! This hefty liqueur is made with aged distillates and aromatic Muscat wines from the Aegean islands.
Friday, April 26, 2013
With the desert summer swelter arriving ahead of schedule, lighter flavors and dishes recently sampled at Figue Mediterranean in La Quinta represented a welcome palate shift.
A limoncello lavender champagne cocktail kicked things off nicely.
The crisp steely flavors of this refreshing Vouvray paired well with a delectable slice of fresh salmon atop a hunter's salad.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Pan roasted pork belly & shrimp crab cake with Yuzu-Wasabi sauce and Meyer lemon pickled onions...
Chef Art Vasquez of Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse whipped up some hickory smoked/BBQ braised Chicken Osso Bucco with a summer slaw that included California Cherries soaked in my very own Gypsy Red wine.
And before my departure...a flowery, perfumey blend of Cab, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Zin, Chardonnay, and Sauv Blanc from Tess Winery. I closed my eyes and tasted strawberry and watermelon. The perfect refreshing end to a heady day.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Since the recent launch of Gypsy Red, my very own private label red blend produced by talented winemaker Allen Kreutzer of Drytown Cellars, I've enjoyed some amazing food pairings. My winter crock pot beef roast atop sweet potato mash was no exception.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Gloria Ferrer bubbles and a place card with my name on it...not a bad way to start an evening...
and when that first sip is followed by poached shrimp atop goat cheese grits...you know you're in for a real treat.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The fall season in South Jersey is pretty hard to beat in terms of foliage-related beauty.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
When you pit Old World against New World in terms of vino, you create a battle of very different styles and tastes.
For instance, I did enjoy the Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs at Flemings recent 'Bottle Wars' event in Rancho Mirage, but preferred a yummy French Brut Champagne from Nicolas Feuillatte. Yet in my very next sip, New World was king with a creamy Napa Chard from Merryvale, over the forgettably flabby Tuscan II Borro.
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