Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mary's Ramblings Tuesday wine listing

I'm back from Beautiful Lake Tahoe, and I'm rejuvenated. I'm also going to change the way I'm doing the wine blogging. yes I'm still going to discuss wines, wineries, and restaurants with great wines. Movies that are about vineyards or wines, etc. However, I've been thinking a lot about wines and topics over the weekend, and having the wine, winery or region start with an M on Mondays, T on Tuesdays, and so forth is to restraining.

No specific day for specific topics. If I have a nice wine story I'll tell it.

And I just so happen to have one from my adventure in Tahoe.

Saturday night we drove along the lake from the North shore where we'd been to a pre-wedding beach party. I chatted with my sister-in-law while my husband drove. They own a home in south Tahoe and rent it out. Anyway, I asked her for some dinner recommendations.

If you're ever there try Orchid's it's authentic Thai Cuisine. It's just in a little strip mall type place. You'd never think it would be that good. Not only was it delicious but it was fast. We had the Red Curry, very hot. We ordered a bottle of red wine. Never order your wine before you decide what you're eating. A nice crisp Riesling would have complimented the spice better.

However, we sipped the wine until dinner arrived and it complimented the summer rolls, nicely. A California Cabernet Sauvignon Callaway from Manteca The parent winery is in Temecula, CA one we've visited a few times and really love. This was a full bodied red and very reasonably priced. It's not available in Utah, but in California or Nevada it would be priced under $10.

Today's scenario: From Watching Jenny
Romance in the air:
“Smells good,” Dan commented as he stepped onto the balcony, taking in the view of the bay before he looked to the barbecue to see what Jenny had planned. She hadn’t let him see what she bought at the store, saying she wanted to surprise him with her culinary talent.

“Why don’t you open the wine and pour it in the decanter so it can breathe before we eat? I’m just about finished here.”

Dan dutifully opened the bottle of Beaujolais, then walked over to the grill to peer over Jenny’s shoulder. It did him no good. Whatever cooked was wrapped in foil giving no clue to the contents. Jenny told Dan that, since everything was under control, he could go put on some CDs. There was a speaker out on the balcony so they could listen while they ate dinner. Since the player was a five-disc one, he picked a variety of music—blues, jazz, and a little rock and roll. When he rejoined Jenny, she’d just finished dishing up their meal. Salmon had been cooking in the foil with bacon and some spices. To go with the salmon, Jenny had tossed a salad and added rice pilaf to complete their dinner. She had made a chocolate cake for dessert, as she said the chocolate would go well with coffee.

“If that tastes as good as it smells and looks, I’m going to be in seventh heaven. You have no idea how long it’s been since I’ve had a home-cooked meal that looks and smells as good as this does.”

What is your favorite Cabernet?

5 comments:

Lindsay said...

I don't know if it's my favorite but the Cab Sav put out by Avia sure is toward the top of the list.
The wine is from, believe it or not, Slovenia. Yes that's right.
My wine and I liked it so much we had the Cab Sav for the wine we served at our wedding.

Mary Martinez said...

Lindsay, I'll have to check that out. In Utah though we have one wine taster that buys all the wine for Utah for our wine stores. We can't buy it in the grocery stores. Anyway we do not have a wide selection which is why I enjoy new wines when we go out of town.

Lindsay said...

Oregan, Washington and Texas are the only states that have distributors for the wine. Avia seems to be big East of the Mississippi

Mary Martinez said...

Darn, then I won't be able to try it. However, I did find their web site. http://www.aviawines.com/ You can copy and paste. Most places you can order and have it sent to you. If anyone does, let us know how you liked it.

Hampers said...

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