Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year

The following was posted by Catherine Pappas on my favorite foodie blog, Living the Gourmet.
I would like to share with all my readers.

Holy Father,
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.
Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
in the chirping of sparrows in our backyard,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so we may know You better and better.
We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we may spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.
We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want.
I say it again, we rejoice!
In Jesus’ name,
Happy New Year to everyone. I keep you in my prayers that this year is even more blessed and memorable than the last.

To all my followers of different faith's, May our Gods, Yaweh, Jehovah, Buddah, Allah and Braham bring everlasting peace to our world.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Maison de la Colline La Craie Sancerre 2009

Finally have some time off from work and can now catch up on many home projects, including the blog.
I have enjoyed a few very nice wines in the past month and have been able to try a few new varietals.
Christmas day was also a chance to enjoy some good wines with even better food and enjoy the company of my sister in law, her husband and his family.
For dinner, we stuffed ourselves on roast goose, beef tenderloin and an outstanding lasagna. Can't forget the many hors d' oeuvres that were devoured while catching up on the years happenings.  I would also be amiss if I did not mention my daughters first attempt with a fruit cake.  Best I ever had.
For wines we opened a California Zinfandel, a Tuscan Chianti and some Finger Lakes Rieslings.  One that was not opened was a 2009 Maison de La Colline La Craie Sancerre.  I brought this one home and opened tonight with a simple meal of pasta and clam sauce made with clams, olive oil, butter, garlic, basil and parsley. I feel a bit guilty, because I think I sneaked out with the best wine of the day.
Sancerre is a French wine produced in the environs of Sancerre in the eastern part of the Loire valley, southeast of Orléans. Almost all of the appellation lies on the left bank of the Loire, opposite Pouilly-Fumé. It is well regarded for and primarily associated with Sauvignon Blanc, making wines of great purity and elegance. This wine was actually bottled in the Burgundy region just north of Chablis on the far eastern end of the Loire and northwest of Orléans. 
The aromas of this French Sauvignon Blanc were complex.  At first there was peach, with grapefruit. Then floral and slate with a little lime and grass.  In the mouth there was a lot of peach and lime, some grapefruit and a little mango. Lots of fruit and floral felt really nice.  The finish was OK, not real long, but paired well with the clam sauce.
I never was big on French wines, especially whites.  The Sancerre will give me something to investigate more in the new year.  This one I bought for $14.  Well worth the price.  I highly recommend for any fish or white sauce.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Martin Codax Albariño 2008

I have been going over some notes I have taken about some of the wines I tried over the past month, figuring I may get time before Christmas to post my review.  It has been a very busy month.  Between shopping, the job, my now required exercise regiment and 70+ inches of snow, time to research and post articles has been limited.
I have been able to visit most of my favorite blogs (LINKS), check out the Facebook account and occasionally check my Twitter page.  It was on Twitter that I learned a little about Albarino wine and how to pronounce Rias Baixas (ree-ahs buy-shuss).
Rias Baixas is in northwest Spain on the north border of Portugal. The region is ideal for producing white wines and their star grape is the Albarino.
The wine sounded interesting, so today I decided to pick one up while out on my last day of Xmas shopping.
Actually my last day is wine shopping and while at my favorite wine shop purchasing two cases of wine (mostly gifts) I asked about the Albarino.  Highly recommended was the Martin Codax 2008 ($12), but it was also the only Albarino on their shelves, so the recommendation was taken lightly.  I did pick one up and through it in the wine fridge when I got home, figuring some evening I'll come home from work looking for a nice white wine to sip before bed.
Later when Shirley rang the dinner bell, my daughter asked for a white wine to accommodate a simple meal of Shirley's 20 minute meat loaf, made with ground turkey, mashed potatoes and whole corn.  I decided to uncork the Albarino.
Aromas of lemon, some pear and honeysuckle were quite pleasant. In the mouth was some green apple, apple blossom and citrus, like a lemon/lime.  Lots of honey and apple on the finish.
This was my first Albarino, so I really can't say if the Martin Codax is an excellent Albarino, but I can say that this was an excellent wine and probably what I'll have with shrimp and lobster on New Year's Eve and one that will be kept on hand from now on. Something in between a Pinot Grigio and a Viognier that will pair well with seafood, fowl, oriental or just enjoying on it's own.