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Archive for September, 2015

It’s Okay To Be Smart • Finally edited some of my shots from Sunday’s…

Finally edited some of my shots from Sunday’s supermoon eclipse. What an incredible sight! Keep looking up.

Πηγή: It’s Okay To Be Smart • Finally edited some of my shots from Sunday’s…

Istanbul Street Food Guide: What and Where to Eat – Eater

Explore the cheap eats of Istanbul, Turkey.

Πηγή: Istanbul Street Food Guide: What and Where to Eat – Eater

Cockburn’s marks bicentenary with new vineyard

Cockburns has marked its bicentenary year by extending its Quinta dos Canais vineyard, planting the native Portuguese grape Alicante Bouschet for the first time.

Πηγή: Cockburn’s marks bicentenary with new vineyard

Cabernet Franc Wine Guide

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Cabernet Franc (“Cab-err-nay fronk”) is medium-bodied red wine that in the Basque country of France. The wine is loved for its savory, bell pepper-like flavors, medium-high acidity and mouthwatering taste. It is an ideal food pairing wine. You can find single-varietal Cabernet Franc wines, but the variety is also quite popular as blending grape in the famous Bordeaux Blend.

Guide to Cabernet Franc Wine

Cabernet Franc Guide by Wine Folly
See more flavor characteristics of Cab. Franc on page 106 of Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

Fast Facts About Cabernet Franc

  1. History: Cabernet Franc is a parent to Cabernet Sauvignon (the other is Sauvignon Blanc). The crossing occurred sometime during the middle 1600s around Southwestern France (Bordeaux).
  2. Decant: Decanting Cabernet Franc will help simmer down Cabernet Franc’s natural spiciness. The wine will taste softer and more rich with 30 minutes of decanting (or pouring through an aerator).
  3. Aging: Interested in aging this wine? While most are recommended to be enjoyed within 5 years, there are many high quality Cabernet Franc wines coming from the Loire Valley in France that have been known to age wonderfully for about 10–15 years. An age-worthy Cabernet Franc will have high acidity and crunchy tannins that you can sense towards the front of your mouth.
  4. Value: Looking for a good value? Look into Cabernet Franc from Chile, Argentina, California’s Central Valley and Sierra Foothills Appellations as well as New York state.
  5. Prestige: One of the most treasured Cabernet Franc wines comes from the St-Emilion Appellation in Bordeaux and is called Chateau Cheval Blanc. This wine is usually a blend of Cabernet Franc with Merlot.
  6. Alternatives: If you love the savory herbaceous character of Cabernet Franc, seek out the rare Basque red: Hondarribi Beltza, and Chile’s red: Carménère

Food Pairing with Cabernet Franc

Medium-bodied wines like Cabernet Franc can pair with a wide variety of foods due to their natural high acidity and slightly reduced tannin (the astringent quality in red wine). Higher acidity makes it possible to pair with tomato based dishes, vinegar-based sauces (smoky BBQ anyone?) or rich veggies like black beluga lentils. If you learn only tip about pairing Cabernet Franc it is to match it with real herbs in your dish.

Roasted Pork, Beef Burgers or Stew, Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Chicken Tomato Curry, Turkey with Cranberry, Wild Game Hens, Lamb Gyros, Crispy Skin Trout with Pork Belly, Pâté
Goat Cheese (a regional French favorite), Ravioli, Camembert, Feta, Fontina, Cheese and Spinach Quiche
Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Chervil, Jalapeño Pepper, Coriander, Aleppo Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, Black Pepper
Black Lentil, Red Bean, Pinto Bean, Roasted Red Pepper, Mushroom, Tomato, Eggplant, Leeks, Spinach, Sunchokes, Arugula

4 Profiles of Cabernet Franc

The best way to learn this wine is to taste it from several different regions. Here are some tasting notes on a few regional Cabernet Franc wines to start exploring.

Chinon, Loire Valley, France (Cool-Climate)

France is the largest producer of Cabernet Franc and it is commonly used as a blending grape in the famous “Right Bank” Bordeaux blend (the finest “Right Bank” wines are usually a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc). Fortunately, there is also a French wine region that specializes in Cabernet Franc as a single-varietal wine: Loire Valley. There are 2 very important appellations with the Loire to remember for Cabernet Franc and they are Chinon and Bourgueil.

Chinon Taste Profile

A great example of Chinon will smell of roasted red pepper, raspberry sauce, jalapeño, sweet raspberry compote and wet gravel. On the palate you’ll taste moderately high acidity and moderately low tannin with flavors of sour cherry, smoky tomato, dried oregano and sweet pepper. The taste will burst through your palate and drop out quickly with a subtle tingle from the acidity.

What to Look For

Seek out a French Cabernet Franc with a few years of age (perhaps 5–7 years). This gives the wine enough time in bottle to smooth out the spicy acidity and develop some really lovely smoky flavors and a dried fruit finish. Expect to spend about $15–$18 for a decent bottle.

Tuscany, Italy (Warm-Climate)

Italy is the second largest producer of Cabernet Franc. Much of it is made in Friuli-Venezia Giulia but perhaps the most well-known Italian Cabernet Franc wines come from Tuscany. Since Cabernet Franc is not indigenous to Italy and declassified out of the Italian DOCG system these wines are lovingly referred to as “Super Tuscans.”

Tuscany Taste Profile

A great example of a “Super Tuscan” Cabernet Franc will have ripe and rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cocoa, red pepper flakes and a hint of chalky dry gravel and leather. On the palate there will be boldness from elevated alcohol with mocha, cinnamon, and plum flavors complimented by medium-high acidity and moderately high tannin. It’s common to find Cabernet Franc from Tuscany aged in French oak for additional body and richness.

What to Look For

This wine is highly appreciated and because of this, you’ll find the prices to easily jump of up $50–$80 a bottle. The regions within Tuscany that have been receiving the most notoriety for Cabernet Franc wines have been found within the province of Livorno (including Bolgheri and Suvereto).

Sierra Foothills, California, USA (Warm-Climate)

There is Cabernet Franc growing throughout California, but few regions champion it as a single-varietial wine. Enter the Sierra Foothills. This off-the-radar region in the foothills to the Sierra Nevada Mountains typically produces an opulent, fruit-forward style of Cabernet Franc.

Sierra Foothills Taste Profile

A great examples of Sierra Foothills Cabernet Franc will have bold aromas of sweet strawberries, raspberry, mint and roasted jalapeño. On the palate you’ll taste bold fruit from elevated alcohol and flavors of chocolate and baking spices from oak-aging.

What to Look For

This wine is best enjoyed within the first first years of release and is usually offered at a bargain from just $10–$15 a bottle.

Colchagua Valley, Chile (Warm-Climate)

Only recently has Chile started to offer single-varietal Cabernet Franc wines. Before, the wines had always been blended into Chile’s ubiquitous Bordeaux-style blend. Chile itself is quite hot and sunny, but due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, the region maintains freshness with acidity and elegance in their wines similar to cool-climate areas. Still, in the Colchagua Valley (located in the Central Valley of Chile), you’ll find a riper style of Cabernet Franc.

Chile Taste Profile

A great example of Colchagua Chilean Cabernet Franc will have bolder aromas of black cherry, chocolate and green peppercorn aromas. The taste will burst with acidity and juicy berry fruit that is smoothed with baking spice-like flavors from wines being aged in oak. Tannins are usually moderately high and finish out the wine along with a touch of vanilla from oak-aging.

What to Look For

Look for wines from Colchagua and Maule Valley for richer and riper flavors, and leaner and more elegant styles can be found in Cachapoal or Casablanca Valley. Expect to spend anywhere from $18–28 for a great example.

By Madeline Puckette
I’m a certified wine geek with a passion for meeting people, travel, and delicious food. You often find me crawling around dank cellars or frolicking through vineyards. Find her at @WineFolly

Jane Anson: Bordeaux 1975 tasting – Decanter

There is real charm in re-tasting what was arguably the last good Bordeaux vintage made in the old style, says Jane Anson of Bordeaux 1975 wines.

Πηγή: Jane Anson: Bordeaux 1975 tasting – Decanter

Behind-the-Scenes at Historic Port House, Graham’s Lodge

European Editor Roger Voss visits W & J Graham’s Lodge in Portugal’s Vila Nova de Gaia to get schooled on its storied history, check out the one-of-a-kind museum and fall in love with Port all over again.

Πηγή: Behind-the-Scenes at Historic Port House, Graham’s Lodge

«Ξεπουλημένα γουρούνια!

Οι στίχοι του Βαλέ είναι μια ακτινογραφία των ασπάλακων υποτακτικών του καιρού του. Και όλων των καιρών.

     «Ξεπουλημένα γουρούνια!

Δεν ανήκουν σε αυτόν το στάβλο, όλοι εκείνοι που για κάποια χρήματα ή λίγη δόξα, για ένα πορτοφόλι, μια σάρπα, μια κορδέλα, μετατρέπουν τις πεποιθήσεις τους σε άχυρα κάτω από τα πόδια των μεγάλων;/

    Εκείνοι, ακόμη πιο αξιολύπητοι, που για να απολαμβάνουν τη χαρά να μη δουλεύουν καθόλου ή να λάμπουν λίγο, μετατρέπονται σε αυλικούς, βαλέδες και παράσιτα στις αντικάμαρες των υπουργών ή τις τραπεζαρίες των πλούσιων;/

    Εκείνος ο δημοσιογράφος που πουλάει την πένα του σε όποιον πληρώνει πιότερο, κείνος ο χρονογράφος που γλείφει τις μπότες και διηγείται πώς τις γυαλίζουν, ο προαγωγός γυναικών, ο πολυπράγμων, ξερόλας γραφιάς, όλοι αυτοί ξεπουλημένα γουρούνια;/

    Ξεπουλημένο γουρούνι

εκείνος ο γελωτοποιός που διατηρεί το κύρος του και κερδίζει το ψωμί του κάνοντας τον παλιάτσο μπροστά στο πλήθος, ξεπουλημένο γουρούνι, εκείνος ο κλαψιάρης ποιητής που ζητιανεύει τι θα φάει – όχι τι θα πιει – στις επιτροπές και τα υπουργεία!/

    Ξεπουλημένα γουρούνια,

εκείνα τα ανθρωπάκια που κάποτε το έπαιζαν ενθουσιώδεις ή σκληροί και άκαμπτοι, που επιδείκνυαν την ανεξαρτησία και την εκκεντρικότητά τους, και ένα ωραίο πρωινό αδειασμένοι, τόσο φτωχό στομάχι είχαν, σβησμένοι, αποκαμωμένοι, τελειωμένοι, κρέμασαν σφιχτά ένα κόκκινο μεταξωτό φουλάρι στο λαιμό, έβαλαν στη μουσούδα τους ένα τετράγωνο καπελίνο, όπως τα αδέλφια τους τα γουρούνια των πανηγυριών, και που στριφογυρίζοντας και γρυλίζοντας, κατέληξαν με τη μουσούδα και τα πόδια τους στο ζωοτροφείο της μετριότητας./

    Ξεπουλημένο γουρούνι

οποιοσδήποτε ζει από τις κολακείες στην εξουσία ή τη συγκατάβαση στην αντιπολίτευση, κάνει τα θελήματα της μιας ή της άλλης και ζητάει σαν αντάλλαγμα για τα θελήματά του μια μικρή υποψηφιότητα σε κάποια περιοχή, που θα μπορούσε να αγοράσει αν ήταν πλούσιος./

    Ονομάζονται προστατευόμενοι κάποιου υπουργού, εθελοντές μιας σπουδαίας υπόθεσης! Εθελοντές όχι! Ξεπουλημένα γουρούνια! Δε διατρέχουν άλλο ρίσκο παρά να λιπανθούν από τη βροχή των φτυσιμάτων ή την ανουσιότητα του λιβανίσματος!».

5 South American Wines You’re Not Drinking, But Should Be | VinePair

Most of us are familiar with Argentine Malbec or Chilean Carménère, but there’s more to South American wine than these two varietals.

Πηγή: 5 South American Wines You’re Not Drinking, But Should Be | VinePair

Fall Flavors: Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour [RECIPE] | VinePair

Fall is here, and so are the pumpkins. Use fall spices from your cabinet or the store to give your favorite cocktails a seasonal twist.

Πηγή: Fall Flavors: Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour [RECIPE] | VinePair



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