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tasted even more so with the wine – thoughI ound the ood did not add anything to thewine. I always struggle with the chicken-eggquestion: Is it better or the wine to make theood taste better or or the ood to make thewine taste better?
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This is a white more up my alley: It’s verydry, bold and extra tanniney with citrus notesat the end. All in all a good summer wine, asin served chilled on a hot evening. The grilledpear salad was the perect complement.
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I had high hopes or this wine as theGoose Bay Pinot Noir is excellent, and ear-lier this year I had an amazing Caliornian(Eagles Landing Pinot Noir available exclu-sively at the Herzog Winery in Oxnard),which made me optimistic about northernhemisphere Pinot Noirs. The wine has berrynotes and almost a chocolatey, smoky taste.It’s unlike any Pinot Noir I’ve ever had. Iwould almost call it a Pinot Noir Leger or per-haps a
. This wine is producedin a limited amount and due to a disappoint-ing harvest, there will not be a 2011 PacifcaPinot Noir out next year (Pinot Noir grapesare notoriously maddening to work with).The good news is this wine is not mevushal,meaning it has not been ash pasteurized,and thus will stand the test o time i storedproperly. While the 2010 Pacifca Pinot Noirwas not my avorite wine o the evening, I’mexcited to taste the 2012.
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This was the showstopper. I am a Bor-deaux girl and this wine has orever changedmy belie that there is no such thing as agood usion. The wine is very dry, smoothand delicious, like suede. When I declared itwas
“like drinking brisket!”
I gotpuzzled looks rom my dining companions, though ortunately our guide or the eve-ning, Michael Friend (the Pacifc Northwestregional manager o the Royal Wine Corpo-ration), knew exactly what I meant. Muchlike my avorite cut o bee, this wine is meaty,rich, complex but extremely accessible.The pairing with the prime rib was the cor-rect choice to accompany this wine, thoughI could barely ocus on the ood in ront ome as it was completely overstated by theMeritage (perhaps it was an early Hanuk-kah miracle, but my plate was almost cleanwhen the server came to collect it). I theprice tag seems a little steep, rest assuredit is
worth every penny
. I you’vehad a terrible day, pick up a bottle and hal apound o Godiva, call over a riend and settleinto a “Gossip Girl” rerun marathon. I youhave something to celebrate, this is the wine to “toast to lie” over. The Pacifca Meritagehas ofcially become the Wiens house wineo choice. Now I just have to wait until it isavailable later this winter.
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The Meritage is a tough act to ollow. By this point in the evening the loose skirt I stra- tegically chose is not eeling so loose. When the decadent tiramisu was placed beore meI could only muster a ew bites, only or thesake o investigating i it had any eect on the brut, which needed no accompaniment.This Champagne has been on the market orsome time, but it is now only recently avail-able kosher (and may I say it’s about time!).The Drappier is everything I look or in asparkling white: Very dry, very smooth withjust a hint o pear. This delicious Cham-pagne (as in a real Champagne) is a bargainor under $40 and should never fnd itsel ina Mimosa.
red, white and brut
PHoToS By eMily k. alHaDeff