Wine, of course! Food is optional this evening. My wife has done such a great job feeding me over the last few days and we have had some very nice wine matching her great meals. Two nights ago we had a beautiful spiral pasta with chicken and pesto and I opened a 2007 Annies Lane Coppertrail Riesling from the Clare Valley. Last night, we had a tremendous meal of pork fillet with steamed vegetables, mash and gravy. While I would usually open a Pinot Noir to go with a pork fillet, we opened a 2008 Glandore TPR Tempranillo. Tempranillo is a secondary grape, originally from Spain. It is heavier than Pinot Noir, but went very well with the pork, especially when covered in gravy!
Tonight, we are not really cooking and I may make a sandwich later or just have some fruit while blogging. But for now, I am enjoying finishing off the open bottle of the Annies Lane Riesling and then the rest of the Glandore Tempranillo. Both are great wines to drink on their own which I am currently doing.
The Annies Lane Riesling is a great example of how you can buy an excellent Clare Valley Riesling for $15, cellar it for several years and have it drink like a $40 bottle! And there is a sweetness to the Tempranillo, like the taste of a strawberry jam or marmalade. It really is a nice change from my regular red grapes of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
We are looking forward to going to our place in the Hunter Valley tomorrow evening for an extended four-day weekend and some great wine drinking and reflection. We will have four days up there with little distraction. I will use that time to write another in the series of Five Best Wine Meals Ever and finish the other part of "Can we really describe how wine tastes?" I am looking forward to that. These posts deserve several dedicated hours to get right.
We will also have a great lunch with good friends at Bistro Molines this weekend, one of the very few hatted restaurants in rural NSW. Brilliant views, brilliant food and brilliant ambiance - and dinner to be replaced by nap! Lunches at Bistro Molines tend to be a three hour affair.
Well, back to drinking and getting this post published for you to hopefully enjoy. And let me know what you are drinking right now!