a little chardonnay for this wednesday. the cameron hughes 2009 los carneros chardonnay pairs perfectly with this farm fresh salad. i really loves wines from the carneros region of napa. this white has a warm buttery profile as you would expect from a chardonnay with lovely creamy flavors of vanilla and pineapple with the right amount of toasted oak flavor, not too much. what i especially liked about this chardonnay is the unexpected, slightly citrusy burst at the end. its truly delightful and just picks up the whole in-your-mouth experience so beautifully.
its really is a nice little wine and at around 15$ a bottle, its perfect for the upcoming summer salad and seafood season. i be it would also pair so well with mussels or grilled prawns.
all of the fresh spring vegetable are bursting from the farmer’s market – snow peas, mint, pea tendrils and lots of lemons – and so a crisp bright wines was most certainly the only option –
its bright on the tongue – perhaps just a hair too acidic, but has nice citrus, grapefruit and pairs nicely with food. what i particularly liked about the terra robles is the lovely mouthful of orange blossom and honey – quite unexpected but very welcome –
delightfully priced at 9$
pair with fresh pea and mint risotto.
ok kids. this little bottle of chardonnay is gonna knock your socks off. the 2007 Pine Ridge Vineyard Dijon Clones. its amazingly rich and has such elegance. I think if i had to pick one bottle to drink for the rest of my life this might be it.
this wine tastes like the work of honeybees in a summer orchard. and it smells just as amazing. it all so well balanced, super super smooth and just the right hint of fruitiness(white peach, a little citrus, and pineapple) to compliment the oak – something that can be tricky with chardonnay. sometimes it just tastes like you are licking the inside of an old wine barrel, you know what i mean? but this doesn’t its gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous and it lovely flavor just lingers on your tongue. it will be a hit if you bring it as a gift or the star of the party.
serve with: mussels. or nothing at all. just enjoy it. 35$.
…..well um is guess its more like a thirsty thursday. i hope youll forgive the tardiness of this post. we have had technical difficulty here at Cottage Farm. a moratorium of sorts on internet. but not to fear, i think its all sorted out and we should be back up and running midweek next week. for now though i will be working from my satellite (aka my local coffee shop or public library) office – so things might be a bit skatty over the next few days. please stay with us.
and now what youve all been waiting for….wine list wednesday.
i have a champagne on the menu today. normally im not such a huge fan, but this bubbly is worth the hype. its the california cousin of the french masion du louis roederer
its a beautiful, not too bubbly not to sweet vintage from Roederer Estate
. and its brilliant!! this champagne is not for oj and thats for sure. so just trust me- grab a bottle, its about 20$, a few of your favorite girlfriends (or your honey) and have a blast.
sorry for my little absence – the end of last week was a bit crazy what with last minute flowers needed for a wedding and the holiday. but im back with my second installment of wine list wednesday.
this week its a red its much more refined and sophisticated that the one last week – the 2005 bottle of the St. Supery cabernet sauvignon.
i was expecting a big napa cab but is delicate and light. I let it breath for about 40mins. before tasting – pretty yummy. light with rich black fruit flavors. juicy at the front and good dryness at the end. i would even through the word velvety in there. overall very well rounded.
18$ at safeway (thought it was on sale. i think it usually retails for about 25$)
it would be nice with lamb or even a spicy pizza.
i would get it again.