Monday, July 30, 2012

Lucky French Cows!

Red or white with beef? Either! 

Happy French cows fed two bottles of wine a day to produce succulent gourmet ‘vinbovin’ meatSinging Cows

French cows are getting a taste of the lush life by being fed wine — the equivalent of two or three bottles a day for some cattle in the southern region of Herault.

The cattle’s owner claims it keeps them “happy,” and for the consumer, makes the meat a better-tasting product.  Chefs are also swearing by imbibing bovines.

The meat, known as “vinbovin,” has a “very special texture, beautiful, marbled and tender, which caramelizes while cooking,” Laurent Pourcel, a three Michelin-star chef, said this month, according to The Telegraph.

Winemaker Jean-Charles Tastavy added that he came up with the idea when he first provided the cows a mix of grapes, barley and hay.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Farewell Zinfandel

The Mariana Zinfandel has just moved to low inventory.  This old vine favorite of mine and yours will be missed.  Let me know if you are interested in making a purchase while you still have a chance.

Our Mariana 2009 Zinfandel was produced in the Central Coast wine growing region of California. Zinfandel or Zin, found its origin in Europe in Albania or Greece. This varietal is a genetic twin of the Italian varietal Primitivo. Planted in the United States in the early 19th century it became, half a century later, the number one planted grape vine in California. Zin was and is still very popular even having its own yearly festival in San Francisco: the ZAP. Its popularity comes certainly from the fact that this wine can be appreciated under many forms, as Pink or Rosé, sweet or dry. This wine is made from Old Vines in the Contra Costa appellation, or AVA.

This is a classic wine with a dark robe and a complex nose: dry herbs, black pepper, toasted and light oak characters. The ripeness of these Old Vines provide a round and creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful flavors of cherries, cassis and oak tannins from barrel ageing complete the structure. This wine will stand easily with more ageing in the bottle, up to three years. Enjoy it with grilled meat, stews, wild game or many cheeses. Try the featured recipe of Savory-Backyard-Chicken on the back, which will pick up perfectly with many flavors found in this wine.

Mariana 2009 California Zinfandel

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wine Collecting: 10 Tips for Beginners

Have you ever considered starting a wine collection but were unsure how to begin? Here are some useful tips for any readers considering having more than a few dozen bottles around at the one time.
If you decide to collect wine, the most important first step is to be clear about your objectives. Are you collecting for your own everyday and future drinking pleasure? Or are you investing in an asset, which you plan to sell at a future date for a profit? Depending on your answer, how you set about starting and building your collection will differ greatly.
For the purpose of this post, let's assume you are collecting for your personal pleasure.
Collecting Wine: 10 Essential Tips
• 1. Not all wines age well. Collect wines that have at least 2 to 3 years aging potential. The real fun in collecting is seeing how these wines develop over time. Get to know the categories of wines that age. For example Bordeaux ages but simple Beaujolais does not