The ‘RED’ Monster

A 5 varietal wine during Christmas turned wine for this winter season and what has been making these chilly days and nights somewhat tolerable!90+

The Monster Red Blend from Ninety+ Cellars is the most heavenly Monster I have ever encountered. This impeccable red wine is made with 5 classic grapes; 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, and 10% Malbec.  Is that not the most incredible Monster you’ve ever seen (and tasted)!  The gorgeous dark ruby color of this wine sets the scene for a beautifully plated and very indulgent night.  Flavors of coffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate with very nice tannins at the finish make this wine a very powerful monster yet ‘impressively well poised’ (could not have said it better)! I was introduced to this wine by Mr. 90+ himself and my first try was at the Christmas dinner table where we all were with ‘mouths dropped’ when pairing the wine with a juicy rib roast (and saved what was left for dessert ;)).

90+ Lot 100

90+ Rib Roast

Desserts

Since then I have been using this wine to get me through these snow storms and relive that incredible moment when this wine first hit my lips.  Pure genius!  Now, if only we knew what winery in Columbia Valley, WA this came from???

This is a must for the wine fridge and I have already stocked up. A staple for a spectacular dinner party and good to have on hand!

A few stores that carry Lot 100:

Boston 
Clarendon Wine and Spirits (Back Bay)
Jobi Liquors (Beacon Hill/West End)

New York City
Landmark Wine and Spirits (167 West 23rd Street)
Gramercy Wine Cellars (236 3rd Ave)
42nd Street Wine Loft
Mark’s Wine & Spirits (53 Mott Street)
Fulton Wine and Spirits (110 Fulton Street)

Love Riesling? Here are the rules by @DhMeyer and @FandW

Stumbled upon this awesome wine pairing guide for the Riesling lovers in my copy of Food & Wine Magazine!

Here is another great article for interesting pairings with Danny’s infamous restaurants in NYC! {here}

Enjoy!

TREND: Pair Wine and Music!

Who said it couldn’t be done!  Hey, if I could pair wine and running together (here), I can certainly pair music and wine.. and so can you!  It’s all about the mood the music and the wine puts you in.  Here are some great tune and wine pairings that can get you in the mood for just about any season and occasion!  Leave a comment if you have other favorites!

Led Zepplin – I Can’t Quit You Baby PAIRED WITH Cabernet Sauvignon 
A deep blues-y song with a deep pensive wine
RECO: Clos Du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Sonoma County

Van Morrison – Moondance Album PAIRED WITH Chardonnay, Merlot
An easy drinking wine to match carefree songs that entice you to get up and dance under the moonlight!!
RECO: J Vineyards Chardonnay; Jacuzzi Merlot Rossi Di Sette Fratelli

James Taylor – Mexico PAIRED WITH Rose
JT gives you that summer vibe so why not pair it with a lovely and summery rose!  Gets you in that heart of summer mood in the middle of July!
RECO: Swanson Vineyards Rosato, Napa Valley

Toto – Africa PAIRED WITH Sauvignon Blanc
An uplifting song full of brightness to be matched with a zesty, crisp, and bright white wine!
RECO: 2010 Neil Ellis “Sincerely” Sauvignon Blanc

Frank Sinatra PAIRED WITH Barolo
Barolo and Sinatra sound like the perfect match together, don’t they! Classy, elegant, and GOOD! The ‘King Of Wines” meets the “King of Big Band/Jazz”
RECO: Terre di Bo Barolo 2007

Whitney Houston – I Wanna to Dance With Somebody PAIRED WITH Shiraz
Gimme some spice and dancing with this pairing! Woohoo!
RECO: Xavier Flouret Waroo Shiraz 2009, Western Australia 

Bruce Springsteen – The River PAIRED WITH Pinot Noir
A heavy yet soothing song (everything with The Boss’ voice is soothing) with an extremely smooth Pinot Noir. Perfection!
RECO: De Loach Pinot Noir 2007, Single Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain

And for a more modern spin…

Katy Perry – Last Friday Night PAIRED WITH Rioja
A bit of Katy’s sugar with a bit of Rioja’s spice makes for a perfect pair! You feel a sudden spunk to your step when pairing these!
RECO: Cortijo Rioja Rosado 2010

I mean the list could go on! 

Some more fun reading on the world of Music and Wine pairings below!

Time - http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/11/02/pairing-wine-with-food-consider-the-soundtrack-too/

Telegraph (UK) - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8862520/Music-makes-wine-taste-better.html

A Fabulous Wine and Cheese Party for Fall!

The leaves are turning in Central Park and it’s time to celebrate Fall colors with a fabulous Wine & Cheese gathering!

Have a gander at these helpful pairings of delicious cheeses with lovely wines when planning your Fall festivities!

Cheers!

Crisp Fall nights

Aged Cheese – Gruyere, Adam’s Cheddar

  • Chardonnay:  J.Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2007 ($25)
  • Rioja: Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Crianza Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain ($16)

Goat Cheese – Chevrot, Capri

  • Sauvignon Blanc: 2009 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA ($40)
  • Pinot Noir: 2008 A by Acacia Pinot Noir, California

Blue-veined Cheese – Gorgonzola, Danish Blue, Cambozola

  • Amarone: 2008 Le Tobele Amarone Della Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto Italy ($15)
  • Muscat: 2009 Joseph Cattin Muscat ($15)

Afternoon Fall delights

Fresh Cheese – Mozzarella, Crescenza

  • Riesling: Late Harvest: Wente Late Harvest 1995 ($10)

Soft Cheese – Camembert, Brie

  • Vinho Verde: 2010 De Gomariz Vinho Verde, Douro, Portugal ($15)
  • Merlot: 2008 Cathedral Cellar Kwv Merlot, Coastal Region, South Africa ($15)

Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Feta, Manchego

  • Zinfandel: 2009 Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label, Zinfandel ($22)
  • Sherry: 2008 Savory & James Amontillado Sherry, Spain ($12)
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