What Goes with Goat? Barbaresco!

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Goat Chops, Pasta with Vegetable Medley & Barbaresco You might be surprised that goat is the #1 meat consumed worldwide.  Julie and I had our first opportunities to taste goat on a trip to Ethiopia two years ago.  I liked it but Julie hasn’t been in a big hurry to have it again as goats … Continue reading

Sunfish Cellars: A Class on the Pinnacle of Piedmont Wines

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In a typical wine class, I expect to taste a number of inexpensive wines and one or two top wines.  Sunfish Cellars brought Weston Hoard, the Piedmont Guy,  to teach a class focusing on the king (Barolo) and queen (Barbaresco) of the Piedmont, considered by many the pinnacle of Italian wine.  Tonight, we tasted only … Continue reading

Champagne Stopper: These Things Work!

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Just a quick post tonight.  Get a Champagne stopper, they actually work.  Note: this post should not be confused with another post I need to write: “Aerators: a Waste of Money!” We don’t usually need a stopper, as we rarely fail to finish a bottle of sparkling wine.  Somehow, they just seem to disappear.  Occasionally, … Continue reading

“Jeff, are you from the moon?”: Rosé and Orange Wines

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Have you had an orange wine?  They’re new to me, and there seem to be a few similarities to rosé, although I had never tasted them side by side. However, when I asked how orange wines compare to rosé at a winery tasting room (featuring an orange wine in their lineup), they looked at me … Continue reading

Who Would Pick Nebbiolo for a Chicken Dinner?

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I never really understood the whole “chicken is a blank canvas” thing until today.  Sure, chicken pairs with different wines depending on whether it’s been baked vs. grilled.  I have made a variety of sauces to serve over chicken and they make the bridge to a lighter red like a Pinot Noir.  But Nebbiolo?  Powerful, … Continue reading

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