This month, Wine Blogging Wednesday is on a Friday because founder Lenn Thompson of the Lenndevours wine blog has teamed up with Alberto from Il Forno a premier food blog and founder of Is My Blog Burning. So for IMBB 26 and WBW 21 the rules are fairly simple. For us wine bloggers, pick a bottle from your cellar and find a recipe to pair with it; for food bloggers itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s the other way round choosing one of their favorite recipes and then finding a wine.
So when I read about this theme last month, I immediately thought of a food podcaster, Anne Bramley of Eat Feed, to give me some recipe ideas for the wine I chose. I spoke with Anne earlier today and she gave me several recipe ideas that might match with the White Rose Estate, Pinot Noir I selected from my cellar.
After considering all of AnneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s suggestions, I picked the pork with apples and brandy cream we spoke about and cooked it for dinner this evening. Anne suggested a couple other recipes that can be found online here:
Here are my tasting notes for the wine and match with the meal. Much more detail is available on the podcast:
White Rose Estate, Pinot Noir, White Rose Estate Vineyard 2002 ($65/gift from Jay Selman from Grape Radio) – Ruby in color with powerful aromas of earth, black cherry and spice. Some people might be put off by the gamy, earthiness of the aromas of this wine, but I rather like this aspect. In the mouth its concentrated raspberry, black cherry and a little earth, finishing with supple tannins and good acidity to match with food. I really found this wine to be delicious, but I can see why others might not like this style at all. Score: 9/10
As for the match with the dish, I thought that the shallot cream sauce and the mild gaminess of the pork tenderloin matched almost perfectly with this wine, really enhancing the fruit. But when tasted with the sautÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©ed apples, it really didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t work too well. I think the next time I make this dish IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll omit the apples or at least reduce the quantity down to a single apple.
Thanks for Alberto and Lenn for a great idea to merge the two leading wine and food blogging events and to Anne Bramley for some great recipe ideas. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll see you next month for WBW 22, where I most likely will not have to cook
00:22 – Welcome and show theme
01:12 – Conversation with Anne Bramley of Eat Feed
15:03 – Selected recipe
16:58 – White Rose Estate, Pinot Noir, White Rose Estate Vineyard 2002 ($65)
18:14 – Wine and food match
20:12 – Contact Details
20:31 – Next Show Theme
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