Posts tagged ‘Red Wine’

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.

May 14, 2012

Delicious 2009 Bordeaux

2009 Chateau du Bousquet
Cotes de Bourg

We recently enjoyed another wonderful dinner at Matt’s Red Rooster in Flemington, NJ. I love a BYOB restaurant. Not only does it make the check more affordable, but it also allows you to bring a special bottle from your own collection. Matt’s menu focuses on seasonally fresh local ingredients, and offers some of the best wood fire grilled cuisine around… so this rich Bordeaux paired perfectly with Alan’s NY strip steak and my grilled swordfish. The entrees and the wine were both terrific. Reasonably priced at under $20.00 a bottle, this Bordeaux was smooth and easy to drink. I’ll definitely be picking up another bottle. For all the Bucks County locals out there, I purchased this at Phillips Fine Wines in Stockton, NJ.

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