Vacation is so nice. That means we are both off and get to have dinner together every night which includes wine. Woo hoo. The latest bottle I opened was a white wine our friends had brought over and we didn’t get it opened that night. Since dinner was Jamaican Jerk Chicken, I thought that a Pinot Gris from Oregon would be perfect.
The wine, Ponzi Vineyards, Pinot Gris, vintage 2014 was almost clear in the glass. I could smell lemon when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine had a light crisp effervescent taste. The wine has an alcohol content of 13.1%. You can find them online at http://www.ponziwines.com. The wine was a good match with the spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken.
Ponzi Wines is one that I’ve had on my list to try, but haven’t bought any yet. Now I will be trying other bottles of Ponzi. I might even have to take a road trip.
We had good friends over for dinner last night. We had talked about all the recipes I save on Facebook and Pinterest, making all of my Facebook “friends” complain about putting them in a diabetic coma all of the time, so we decided that we would get together at least once a month and some recipe we’ve saved would be on the menu. For the entrée I chose a Pinwheel Flank Steak, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans and Shallots. The flank steak came from Facebook, the potatoes and green beans from an episode of The Barefoot Contessa. The flank steak was laid out flat with a layer of fresh basil leaves and mozzarella cheese, rolled up tight and tied off with string. I grilled it on the grill for about fifteen to twenty minutes, turning it often. I like mine rare, but if you like your steak more done, probably twenty to twenty five minutes.
Our friends brought the wine and dessert. The wine, a bottle from Westport Winery Garden Resort. You can find them online at http://www.westportwinery.com. It is the western most Washington winery, right on the Pacific Coast. The wine, Smoky Nor’wester, was a 2014 Red Blend made up of Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Franc 26% and Syrah 8% and had an alcohol content of 14%. The wine was a dark red in the glass and when I swirled the glass it had great legs. I could fruit and wood when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine was dry and smooth, with a bit of a bite and left the sides of my tongue tingly. I could taste the fruit and the smoky hint of the Syrah. It went very well with the grilled flank steak.
I was most intrigued about the winery specially since it is on the coast, between Westport and Aberdeen, Washington. That means it would be a double bonus for me, a trip to the coast and a winery at the same time. Talk about the best of all worlds. This place just jumped to the top of my “going to“ places and the best part is that it is only about a two hour drive. Bonus.
A rare weekend off for Mitch means I cook something nicer and we open a bottle of wine. For me the weekends are special, for one I am off and I try to cram as much in as I can in two days and if Mitch is off, it usually means I get to plan a play day, hiking or sightseeing. Today we did our running around so tomorrow will be our play day. This afternoon Mitch assembled the chairs we bought for the living room during an excursion at Ikea, while I started dinner. Tonight it was strip steaks and for the wine I went with a Washington Red Blend.
The wine, Red Theory Winemakers Red Blend, vintage 2013, was from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine was a lighter red color in the glass, more like a summer wine and not the big heavy reds, Cabernet Sauvignon or a Zinfandel. My first smell was alcohol, then I could smell a soft fruit aroma. The surprise came with the first taste. The wine tasted like a blend of Merlot and Pinot Noir, dry but there was the dark plum fruit taste of the Pinot Noir. I could also taste wood and tobacco. There was a jammy blackberry finish. The wine was soft but had a bite at the end. The wine was also budget friendly at under $15 a bottle.
The wine went very nicely with the salad and steak. For the vegetable I roasted Brussel sprouts in the oven for me and steamed some for Mitch. Picky pants prefers plain old steamed Brussel sprouts, go figure.
I have to say that Washington wines are a different animal from the wines I’ve been drinking, mainly California, Italy and France. Washington wines are intriguing and I am making a conscious effort to buy more varieties and brands I haven’t tried before. One thing I’ve found out is that a lot of Washington wineries or vineyards don’t have websites that describe and promote their wines like California wineries and vineyards. Or least I haven’t had much luck in my search.
Maybe I should learn web design then travel throughout Washington wine country and set up websites for the wineries. Talk about wine heaven.
Spring is in full swing in the Northwest. I can’t believe all of the beautiful blooming bushes and plants here. There are so many new and different plants here that I’ve never seen before. There’s one that has white blooms that are multiple tiny flowers growing in the shape of spikes and smell like cotton candy. And lucky me, I live behind a Master Gardener so I can sit on my deck and soak up all of her beautiful garden. Of course I’m sitting there with a glass of wine in my hand too.
My latest wine I’ve tried is a Rosé from Oregon. Acrobat Winery is an Oregon winery in Eugene, which is south of Portland on 5 Highway, just down the road a ways from us. Acrobat Rosé is made from Pinot Noir grapes. It was a light pink almost peach hue in the glass. The wine had light floral notes in the glass and a hint of citrus. The wine tasted light and clean with a dry finish. The wine, vintage 2014 had an alcohol content of 13.5% and is very affordable. I paid under $15 a bottle. You can find Acrobat on the internet at http://www.acrobatwinery.com.
This is another one of the types of wine I drink when I’m home alone. When I am home all by myself I tend to drink lighter wines, Moscato, Riesling or Rosé. For some dumb reason I feel like I’m cheating on Mitch if I drink a big red wine without him. Dumb huh? I need to work on my guilt feelings. Maybe I should buy 2 bottles of the same wine, then he’ll never know.