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November 21, 2013

French Reds for the Holidays

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Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Chateau Ferrande
Graves
2009

We’ve been partial to Italian reds for quite some time. Although this Barolo is still a favorite, there have been a number of delicious French wines that we have discovered recently. Each one would make a wonderful bottle to bring as a housewarming gift this season or to serve at your holiday table.

Years ago we had the Graves above and loved it. I found it again just recently at Philips Fine Wines in Stockton, NJ. You can’t miss that bright yellow label. I was concerned it wouldn’t be as good as the last time since a few years had passed, but it was just as yummy – about $25.00 a bottle.

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Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Margaux
Chateau les Barraillots
2010

Last month a large group of us went out for dinner at a new restaurant in our area called Caleb’s American Kitchen in Lahaska, PA. It’s a BYOB and each couple brought a bottle of wine for the table. This bottle was from our “wine expert” friends. Peter where are you? I don’t know the details about this bottle and have looked for it in two different liquor stores, but alas, I can’t find it. Peter send information pronto! It was fantastic!

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Bucks County locals if you haven’t been to Caleb’s it’s a must!  I will go as far as to say it’s the best steak I’ve ever had. That means our friend Caleb beats out Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn, Barclay Prime in Philly, Emeril’s Delmonico in New Orleans and the many other yuppified steakhouses I’ve been to over the years. Caleb’s steak is far better. As you can see my steak eating (and my husband) have had me traveling around for many a fancy steak. I recommend the 18oz Kansas City Bone-in strip steak at Caleb’s. I eat the entire thing with only the bone left for our puppies to fight over. I should mention Caleb has lots more on the menu other than just steak, all delicious. Call for a reservation, tables can be hard to get. Click the logo above to go to his website.

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Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Chateau du Bousquet
Cotes de Bourg
2010

This last bottle was also purchased at Philips. Priced at just less than $20.00 a bottle, we’ve gone through a few recently. I’m hoping they have more for me to pick up for our Thanksgiving table… which is next week! Can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. Lots of planning and cooking to be done here. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, or as I like to call it, the best holiday ever!

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October 9, 2012

2005 Brunello Di Montalcino

In Pennsylvania we have State Stores, a.k.a. Wine & Spirits Stores.  These are owned and operated by the Liquor Control Board and are the only place in PA where we can buy liquor and wine. It all seems so uncivilized and overly controlled. I heard on the news quite a while ago, Pennsylvania was considering selling their State Stores to private owners. I wonder what’s happening with that? I always think the wine selection is so much better at the independently owned wine stores across the river in New Jersey.

I’m no wine connoisseur and I’m not ashamed to admit I need those little signs that say things like “91pts Wine Enthusiast.” Unfortunately, our State Store does a terrible job posting those wine ratings… I’m often at a loss. Recently a “wine knowledgeable” friend told me that their assortment is actually pretty good if you know what you’re looking for. Therein lies my problem…

This 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is delicious, and I actually found it at the State Store! It’s smooth and easy to drink, a new favorite in our wine collection. At around $30.00 a bottle, I know it’s a bit on the pricey side, but truly perfect for a special occasion. It would be a nice bottle to take to a friend’s over the holidays, too.

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