|From The MetroWines Book Review Department
Since We Are talking Retro Shirts and Wine Here:
Let's Move Inside with "The MidCentury Kitchen"
by Sarah Archer
Nearly everyone has experienced cozy, welcoming kitchens packed with conveniences
that we now take for granted. Sarah Archer, takes us through a simpler time,
shows how the 1950's prosperity kicked off the technology and design of today's kitchens.
While contemporary appliances might look different and work better than those of the 50s, the midcentury kitchen has yet to be improved upon. During the consumerism of midcentury America when families were ready to put their newfound prosperity on display, companies from General Electric to Pyrex to Betty Crocker were there to usher them into a new era. Counter heights were standardized, appliances were designed in fashionable colors, and convenience foods took over the family table.
The Midcentury Kitchen captures the spirit of an era-and a room-where anything seemed possible.
Your Read It With Wine?
A California Chardonnay but of course!
A blend of fruit that is 48%Santa Barbara, 43%Sonoma and 9%Mendicino,
this bottle showcases what Jed Steele does best, blending grapes from various vineyards!
Jed says: With the exception of the Lolonis vineyard fruit (which was stainless steel fermented and then barrel aged for 4 months). Our cuvée is fermented in barrel (20% new) and aged sur-lees for about eight months. Stirring the barrels regularly aids in the completion of malo-lactic fermentation, yielding complexity, depth of flavor and aroma. The Santa Maria vineyards add a tropical fruit character to the wine, flavors and aroma of mango, pineapple, and papaya. The Sonoma vineyards attribute citrus character and acid to the cuvée. The Mendocino vineyard, Lolonis, has a flavor profile that leans toward apples aromas of apple crisp and cinnamon. $21
The Moringa, a chewy green plant in Africa,
may be the next Superfood
What's is all about? The leaves are usually served as vegetables. Looking like giant string beans,
but tasting somewhat like asparagus with a touch of horseradish, they are highly nutritious.
For one thing, they provide a good balance of all the essential amino acids.
That alone is unusual in a plant food, but these pods also possess one of the highest vitamin C levels of any tropical vegetable, not to mention goodly quantities of vitamins A and B. And beyond all that they are among the best sources of minerals. Most parts of the plant are not only edible but nutritious.
Tasty but tricky to pair. Let's GO Rose
Specifically, 2018 Pink Pegau, by Laurence Feraud, France
80%Cinsault, 10%Carignan and 10%Grenache. Pink Pegau features a deep pink salmon color,
bright and clear. With an aroma that is more like a red wine than a rose, Pink Pegau opens
with aromas of peach and red currant. On the palate, find flavors of grapefruit and berries with notes
of "garrigue." Fresh acidity and long finish. This rose could even handle grilled meats!
What is garrigue? Wine Spectator says:
“Garrigue” isn’t used that often as a wine descriptor, but all the examples I’ve ever seen
have used it with a positive connotation. As I’ve written before, garrigue refers to the low-growing
wild vegetation in hills of Mediterranean coast, including juniper, thyme, rosemary and lavender.
It’s not just a single note, but the sum of them together.
Let’s say I’m trying to describe a wine, and I pick out a lavender note. Sometimes that note is so distinctive that I’ll just say “lavender” or “dried lavender,” if there’s that added touch of dried leaves. Sometimes the lavender note is less focused, so I might just use “floral” instead.
But if it’s mingled with a fresh herbal, minty note, that’s when I will use “garrigue”.
*** Summer Whites ***
Scaia Garganega & Chardonnay 2017 $12.99 (Italy)
The name Scaia is a local colloquialism referring to parmesan cheese crumbs which
resembles chalky area soil. A blend of 55%vGarganega and 45% Chardonnay from Veneto.
After harvest and cold maceration of the whole bunches, the press is filled with a layer of nitrogen, forming an oxygen-free barrier during pressing that concentrates flavors. The wine is then aged in stainless steel with weekly stirring of the lees until bottling. The resulting wine is lush,
fruit forward and highly aromatic and perfect for summer.
Tasting Notes: Aroma of white flowers of acacia, jasmine as well as pineapple, grapefruit and orange, apple, pear and mango and a light note of bananas. Flavor that are fresh and pleasant thanks to
its sustained acidity. Well balanced softness and tanginess, making it inviting and intriguing.
Samorens Cote du Rhone $12.99 (France)
Variety: 35% Roussanne; 30% Viognier; 25% Grenache Blanc; 5% Clairette; 5% Marsanne
Winemaker’s Notes: This bright, pale-golden wine opens to aromas of white fruits and flowers.
On the palate, it is nicely balanced with freshness provided by the Clairette
while the Grenache gives it body and a gentle softness.
Straight-UP Sauvignon Blanc
Delaille Val de Loire 2018, $14.99
Kermit Lynch Import
Sauvignon Blanc vines set amongst the picturesque hillsides of Cheverney set stage for a delicious series of IGP wines from Domaine Delaille. A contemporary of Sancerre and other Loire Valley favorites, this wine packs juicy citrus and tropical fruits with bracing acidity.
Let's reintroduce Kermit Lynch: "Raised in San Luis Obispo, his name has become synonymous with quality French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and a vision, Kermit Lynch, a writer and musician, opened "Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant" with 35 cases
of wine stacked on the floor. With a preference for Old World wine, Lynch became a retailer, distributor, and importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. His influence endures and he can claim success introducing the wine world to many small, artisan producers.
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"Think of this one as a baby Sancere."
Peter Yealands 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.99
Presents notes of citrus blossom and passionfruit, underpinned with aromas
of fresh herbs and lemon zest. The palate is full and lively with tropical fruit that
is balanced with a long, crisp mineral finish. Yealands Estate maintains an absolute commitment
to sustainable wine production from vine to bottle. Yealands has already achieved
a high industrial sustainability rating and has also been awarded carboNZeroCert™ status,
joining a select group of wineries around the world who have earned this recognition.
Decorating with Books
Interest in books, although not necessarily to read, has exploded. The concept
of a collectiondates back to the 1820s in Britain. Hotels, offices, Restaurants are using
books to make a statement as well as bring interest and color to their establishments. And companies are stepping up to meet the demand. Books By The Foot, sells books by subject, color (robin's-egg blue is popular), even by titles that being "fresh" to mind like
"Whispering Willows" and "Modern Enchanted Forest."
And yes, you can buy a stack of wine books! Check it out:
We can help you complete the shelf with the perfect bottle to enhance any collection.
As you know, we pair with anything!
Let's say you have chosen the wine book collection. Might we suggest a bottle that is
not too ostentatious or, shall we say, overly value minded but shows that you
are a keen shopper who finds excellent quality to price ratio bottles.
Klinker Brick "farrah syrah," Lodi 2015, $22
The 2015 Syrah exhibits aromas of currant, baking spice, cacao and smoky oak
with subtle earthy and floral notes. The palate is greeted with bright and vibrant flavors
of blackberry, anise and exotic spices. Supple tannins and superb balance lend structure
to this full-bodied Syrah with a long, lingering finish. And it looks nice on a