Kris and I have enjoyed a few good bottles over the last few weeks since I last posted about what we’re drinking. We stretched our boundaries a little and tried some new varietals… not that this is something we’re averse to, it’s just not something that often happens since Club W usually offers varietals we’ve already had and we’re kind of in the Club W routine.
Here’s the run down in what we’ve drunk and what we’ve eaten (from what I can remember). I’ve been a little lazy about taking notes and whatnot… we’re moving on Wednesday so things have been a tad hectic. Yes, we’re moving. Again. More on that next week once everything’s done :)
Alchymist Noir (American Red Blend)
This is the second time we’ve enjoyed this wine from Club W. I believe it came in our very first box. This is a BIG red. It fills the mouth and is complex while being incredibly quaffable. The last time we had this it was with friends and handmade vegan chocolate truffles. It is perfect with dessert. But, as we discovered the other night, it’s also great with dinner. The trick, of course, is to go just as big with dinner. We tried Blue Apron for the first time last week and paired this big wine the flavorful Summer Pepper & Potato Shakshuka with Pea Shoots & Spiced Pita Chips. This was an excellent pairing — I know Blue Apron said to go with a white but believe me, this is a great alternative — a big as f*ck red.
Le Fermier Négrette
My first Négrette, I believe. It’s a French grape but the grapes in this wine are grown in California — which is pretty rare for the grape. It was solidly, okay. I wasn’t bowled over but I wasn’t disappointed. It’s fresh and fruity and was an excellent accompaniment to the French-inspired dinner we made that night. Dinner was a delicious dish from Blue Apron, a seared chicken dish that included caramelized onion and fennel served over light mashed potatoes (potatoes with a little butter mashed with a fork). The chicken was topped with some grape tomatoes we roasted with rosemary — a great finishing touch. Blue Apron suggests a Malbec but we didn’t have one on hand so figured we’d do a French wine with a French dish.
Barraco Vignammare (Orange Wine)
I’ve been holding onto this bottle for a while. I picked it up when I met Jason, who owns and operates West’s Wine and Spirits over in Williamstown, MA. I’ll get back to the shop in a second. A while back I strolled in there and went through my usual “do you have orange wine?” routine. But this time the routine was cut short. Jason, very excitedly, exclaimed, “YES!” and we talked for quite some time. I ended up with a Croatian orange that I did not like at all. And this one. Which tasted like the beach. Now, when I say, “tasted like the beach” that can mean a few things. For example, to me, the beach tastes like a lemonade and hot sausage, peppers and onions from Gregory and Paul’s. Or like a lemon ice from Chink’s in Oyster Bay. But those are more flavors associated with the beach. This actually tastes LIKE THE BEACH. Like strolling along the ocean on a cool, foggy morning. No, really. If you’ve not tried orange wines, you should. Such interesting flavors. Like this one. Which tastes like the beach! We just drank this while playing Pandemic… no food. None needed. Best super cold!
Château Peymouton 2012 Saint-Émilion
This is a mystery bottle. Like I have zero recollection of buying it. We pulled it out and oohed and aaaahed over the label a bit. I love these classic, old looking labels.
I loved the tannins in this red blend from Bordeaux and think it would be exceptionally good with steak. That said, we enjoyed it alone… sometimes we just like to open a bottle and drink. I also think this would be really good with barbecue. I’m sure I’m committing some cardinal sin saying that but I don’t care… it would be really good with a saucy, smoked plate of meat.
2014 Sapore Locale Falanghina
This is a Club W bottle we got a few months ago and held onto. We didn’t hold onto it for any other reason than the paired recipe was seafood and I can’t eat seafood because of an allergy. I am terrible at whites and had never heard of this Italian varietal but since we’re trying to drink down our collection before the move (poor us, right?) I decided to open this one with the first Blue Apron recipe we tried, which was a delicious pork dish — our favorite from the box. Even if you have no desire to try Blue Apron trust me and click on the link and make this recipe.
This white is awesome. Like WOW. Falanghina is an ancient Italian grape that is super bright. Think green, but not in the sense of young or grassy. Think limes and green apples. It’s bright and feels great on the tongue. It’s also freaking delicious.
Definitely some great wines in this batch. Our September Club W box came the other day but we’re not allowed to open it until we finish packing. Which means we likely won’t open it until we’re in our new place. Our new place in which I’ve already decided which cabinets are going to be fitted with a custom, dual zone wine fridge. Our new place which we’ll be drinking in next weekend!