As we continue to practice social distancing and self isolating, to help flatten the Covid-19 curve, thank you to the people who are supplying the humour. We could all use a little chuckle every day, especially in these trying times. I thought this one graph was a very cute way of sticking with the rules and doing a little wine tour all at the same time. Welcome to my in-home wine tour.
This beautiful white wine was a gift from a friend who bought it back from the States. Don’t worry, all protocols were followed. The Stemmari Grillo hails from Sicily, and Grillo is the most planted white grape variety in Sicily. I’m pretty confident she told me she paid less than $10 for this wine, which breaks my heart because we pay way too much for wine here in eastern Canada. I loved the tropical flavors, mango and papaya, it had a delicate acidity, and this wine would pair well with any meal you served. It also has a 13% alcohol content, which is high for a crisp white wine. Great wine, great price. You can’t get it where I live, but if you see it, buy it!
If I had to describe my social distancing in one picture, this would probably be it. Two of my favorite things. Wine & books! Oh, and food. I really love to cook, and I really love to eat! I tried a new recipe last week of beef tips in a red wine gravy. I did it in my slow cooker and it turned out so good. I served it with mashed potatoes and carrots, just like the author of the recipe, and forgot to take a picture, so I’m using hers. I was so hungry, and it was so delicious, I meant to take a picture. The gravy just made the meal. Here’s the recipe I used. Although the recipe doesn’t call for red wine in the gravy, I added about 1/4 cup, and I think it really complimented the taste.
Here’s the wine I served with it, and it’s my wine of the week…
A beef dish with a bold vibrant gravy deserves a wine that will pair well. It should compliment, without over-powering the dish. Your wine and your food should never compete, they should enhance each other. I could have had Cabernet Sauvignon with this dish, but another full-bodied wine I just love is a GSM blend, Grenache, Shiraz & Mourvedre. It’s called Shiraz in Australia, where this wine hails from, but in France, where the blend originated, the ‘S’ stands for Syrah. Same grape, Old world wine regions call it Syrah, New world regions call it Shiraz. I had the 2017 vintage, which was delicious, but I could have kept this wine in my rack for a couple more years. I decanted the wine, which really made a difference. Another big difference, was many New world wine regions like American oak, but these guys used French oak, which aged the wine for 12 months, and made the wine subtle and smooth. This wine is only $21.99 here and I loved it.
You know who doesn’t know the word social distancing? My cat Gabriel.
This is how I woke up the other morning. He was ready to be fed.
Take care everyone, stay safe. Till next week, Cheers