Here’s the problem in the New World/Old World Pinot Noir game: most of the Oregon/California stuff seems to go for dramatic effects (ripeness, oak) no matter what the pedigree of the wine, whereas red Burgundy is subtle as hell at the lower appellations (and prices), rising to drama only as we get into expensive terroiritory (Premiers Crus and Grand Crus). It makes everything fiendishly confusing, particularly at a blind tasting.
David’s Wine of the Week: 2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir, Ridgecrest Vineyards, Ribbon Ridge, Oregon ($48)
It’s the spectacular hot sandwiches of Philadelphia that get all the buzz, but do not underestimate for a minute that city’s seriously delicious cold sandwiches, which are known as “hoagies.” Everywhere you turn in Philly, someone is slapping something–usually meat, usually Italian in spirit–on a hero. The best sandwich-makers realize that terrific ingredients make terrific [...]
Oh, you’ll survive, to be sure! I know you can make it! But I also know, and you know…that you may be in some discomfort long about Friday, either from:
a) too much eating; or
b) too much cooking!
So here are some quick tips that strive to solve both crises:
I hate those wine geeks who get all high-and-mighty about Beaujolais Nouveau! “Oh dear boy….I would NEVER drink Beaujolais Nouveau,” they say….and, when they do say that, I would NEVER consider them to be true wine-lovers! Where is it written that your vinous self-esteem needs to be connected to the amount of dollars you spend, the amount of tannin in your glass, the amount of new oak assaulting your palate? Rubbish!
Thanksgiving-philes! Gather ’round’ This is it! I mean it: ITTTTTTTTTTTTT! Without doubt, this is the greatest turkey stuffing I have ever encountered! A cult has grown around it!!! It has an insane amount of butter, but through some alchemical miracle…it does not end up greasy! It just ends up with a volcanic core of butter flavor! Prepare to swoon!
About David Rosengarten
Journalist, television personality, and cookbook author, David Rosengarten has covered great food products, restaurants, wines, gastronomic travel destinations, and related subjects for over 25 years...
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