Saturday, April 1, 2017

And so it begins...

My case of wine arrived from the Australian Wine Centre.

This is big news chez Evil Lair because I have such affection for Australian made things - music, wine, food, art.   Everything, really.  Living & creating in an isolated place brings a certain aesthetic to things and I dig it.

Here's a photo of my most recent haul from Down Under:


Over the next few weeks, I'll be doing some reviews & suggested pairings.  Here's a sneak peek:


Nothing like uncorking your dinner after a 60 hour week with another 12 hour day ahead of you!

KIDDING!!! #boozebag

I did not have half a bottle of wine with a packet of crackers for an evening meal. There was a huge plate of cheese, charcuterie, & salad out of the frame...as well as my hawt husband, who was splitting everything with me.  The wine just went best with these particular crackers.

Before I get into the reviews though, I wanted to serve you an apero!



In the Fall, I went back to the "Old Country", a.k.a. Ireland, and ate some very tasty things.  We decided to do one fancy meal & chose The Greenhouse  for their tasting menu.  It's billed as modern organic Irish food and it's made by a Finnish chef...so it has a bit of that trendy Nordic thing happening.   Highly recommended.

They have a signature cocktail which is a great starter & would be really wonderful in hot weather. It's Blanc de Blanc champagne, citrus syrup, kaffir lime leaf, & elderflower cordial.  The above is a decent approximation of it with components found at any basic shop.

As champagne is much more expensive in the US than the EU, I wanted a blanc de blanc fizzy from another region.  Total Wine didn't have much in that style, hence, my choice of Cremant d'Alsace.  In general, I tend to use the Trader Joe's Blanc de Blanc or prosecco if I'm creating something with a more subtle flavor profile.  This Cremant worked well but it was a bit heavier than the resto version with its red juice component.  For the citrus piece, we made lime syrup with just sugar & fresh lime juice and did a St Germain floater.   It's a great starter, especially, if you've got a night of eating & drinking in front of you.

Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Michelle - painter guy here (Frank) sorry we didn't get to say byebye but I wanted to say that I really dig your plays today...pushed my buttons so to speak...thanks & hope to see you around !

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