To celebrate the 4th of July and a rare day off together, I tried a variation on a meal I recently made from Pinterest. I took the original recipe for a Pinwheel Flank Steak and changed it up a bit. Instead of the Italian seasonings, fresh basil and mozzarella, I went spicy. I used chili powder, crushed red pepper flakes, cilantro and Mexican cheese. I grilled it on the grill for about twenty minutes. To go with it I made a salad and roasted Brussels sprouts. The meat was spicy with a bit of heat, not overwhelming, but definitely left you with a warm mouth. I think I liked the spicy version better.
For the wine I opened a bottle of TerrAmore, Nero D’Avola, a Sicilian wine, vintage 2014. The wine was a dark red purple color in the glass. I smelled alcohol and a smoky aroma too. The wine was dry with chocolate and cherry notes. There was a smoky bite at the end. The wine had a medium finish that was a bit harsh, more so than other Nero D’Avolas I’ve had.
The wine was still very drinkable, but I think for the spicy meat, I should have gone with a Pinot Noir, a blend or a Zinfandel, something more fruit forward or jammie.
It’s the holiday weekend and since Mitch has to work I’ve been reduced to drinking alone. And not one to let a weekend go by without wine, I bought a light white wine that I know Mitch wouldn’t like, so I won’t have the guilt of not sharing a good bottle of wine with him. Don’t get me wrong, this wine is a nice wine, just not something he would like.
I opened a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, vintage 2014 from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine was a pale yellow in the glass and when I stuck my nose in the glass I could smell a light aroma of pears and apricots. The wine was light on the tongue and not overly sweet as the label would lead you to believe. It was a medium sweet wine, that tasted like pears with an apple finish. The alcohol content was 11% and cost under $10 a bottle, so I didn’t break the bank just to get my wine fix.
Unless you are a staunch dry wine only person, this is a nice light summer wine that is very easy to drink sitting on the patio or deck with good friends or all by yourself. You can find them at http://www.ste.michelle.com.
Happy 4th to everyone and a toast to you all.