Detroit Blues Band – Walkin’ Out The Door
Daniel Castro ~ I’ll Play The Blues For You
Snowy White – Midnight Blues ( Johny Water rework )
Gary B.B. Coleman – The Sky is Crying
A trip to the vineyard was rewarded with 2019 and 2020 vintages of Ortega.
The flavours are quite different from those that used to come from Starling Lane – even though they were planted around the same time. The terrior differences of the two locations show the diversity of the grape. I wish that we had had a 3rd bottle – one from the Starling Lane days.
All from the loving labours of Gerry and Sherry Mussio, but the vintners are Symphony.
2019 is lighter in colour, but bolder in flavour.
The 2020 is more up front, and lingers longer.
Both are delightful, but when tasted together, we tended to favour the 2020.
The first night we had pork tenderloin rings (spiced with ginger/thyme/salt/pepper), onion rings and cheese sauce over cauliflower/broccoli mix.
The second night, our House specialty of prawn boats.
Sherry’s painting graces the wall behind the tasting bar at Symphony
The likes of Astounding Eyes of Rita with Anouar Brahem kept our mood mellow
You might wish to drink the whole bottle at one sitting. It’s silky and smooth, but intense. This is one of Argentina’s tastiest Cab Francs.
And, it’s Great Value !!
Lamb chops were the flavours on the plate, fruit forward were the flavours in the mouth. Terrific balance and complexity.
The vineyards cover 100 hectares of land, 97 of which are implanted with grapes. The main varieties produced are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz among the reds; and Chardonnay among the whites. The oldest wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon lot which was planted 41 years ago. The average age of the vineyards is 30 years, ranging from the 5 year-old new blocks to the oldest ones planted in the 70’s.
CABERNET FRANC – SANTA ANA LA MASCOTA 2018
A Hungarian and a Spanish descendant had a discussion about the virtues and pitfalls of Aniseed based alcohol.The Spaniard should, but probably won’t, bow to the wisdom of the Hungarian – and avoid these mischief inducing drinks.
Talking about furlongs after reporter assignments in peace keeping countries lead to the story of a Liverpudlian and an Irishman, trying to make homemade ouzo with a rotted out hot water tank. The tank didn’t survive.
For those of you that haven’t fallen off the fence yet, here is a little ed-u-ma-ka-shun on these temptations:
- Aquavit, from Scandinavia
- Absinthe, popular throughout Europe
- Arak, or Araq, the traditional in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Turkey and Syria. This is what got the Hungarian in such trouble
- Aguardiente from Columbia
- Mastika, a drink in the Balans
- Ouzo, or Tshipiro is favoured by the Greeks – what gets the Spaniard dancing on tables
- Pastis, a drink in France
- Rakı, a Turkish drink
- Sambuca, a drink in Italy
- Xtabentún, a liqueur from Mexico
- Anis, popular in Spain. Two varieties: “seco” or dry and “dulce” which is more sweet.
The clouding they exhibit on addition of water is called louching. It’s also a fast way to tell if the bartender has already watered down your drink. Watch the expression on his face as you slowly add drops of water to the glass. Either he will pour you a new one from a different bottle, or, he’ll cut your bill in half.
And, That reminds me: Where is Amagolapitsa’s pasta flora recipe? – the one made with lots of Ouzo
It has been such a fall from this
Being reduced to chops for Orthodox Easter dinner, from the entire lamb! Mind You: I only had to cook for two, not 100!
For this, we saved a wine specially chosen by the Goddess. It was a gift to us from friends.
The first wine made by family-owned CVNE (founded in 1879) was named after the winery’s initials, but a mistake – the ‘V’ was written as a ‘U’ – led to the creation of the Cune label.
A Tempranillo blend Blend: 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo. Aged in Oak.
This is a great wine for food. Silky and smooth, but you certainly pay attention to the flavours between bites of dinner. It’s not complex, but it just blends in and is VERY enjoyable.
Thank you Ladies!
Fresh, Fresh, Fruit flavours with a softer palate.
The vineyards start at about 5500 feet above sea level and rise to over 6,600.
The Calchaqui valley is bordered by 2 mountain ranges – the Quilmes to the west and the Aconquija to the east, creating a natural barrier and microclimate. Temperatures in the valley have a wide, thermal amplitude with hot days and cool nights. Plentiful sunshine, more than 330 days a year and limited rainfall, less than 8 inches a year, help to create wines with deep colour, rich fruit and crisp acidity.
Cuma Torrontes is NOP certified organic.
TORRONTES – MICHEL TORINO CUMA ORGANIC