Monday we took advantage of Prime’s bring a bottle no-corkage Monday’s and had a fillet steak, triple cooked chips with mixed salad (for me) and onion rings (for Mrs M). I brought this beauty
2014 Ridge Geyserville (California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)
I’m of the firm opinion the Zinfandel blended with complementary varieties is way superior to 100% Zin… and this was a cracker.
Tuesday I made Penne Puttenesca and a mixed salad, and of course no-brainer™
2019 Casa Vinicola Roxan The Wine Society’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Italy, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)
Wednesday Mrs M requested and so I made Chilli sans Carne which we had with pitta breads and
2019 Beyerskloof Pinotage (South Africa, Western Cape)
Always reliable, a lighter style of Pinotage.
Thursday our U3A wine tasting group with partners had the set Christmas 5 course tasting dinner at The Stables. This is an open professional kitchen used to teach students at Oaklands College, so the meal was an opportunity for the trainee chefs to show off. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be training or qualifications for FOH staff. The wine wasn’t marked up by much, since Mrs M doesn’t drink Pinot Noir or Malbec we had the only other red at £15
2020 Adria Vini Carlotta Sangiovese (Italy, Puglia, Puglia IGT)
Strangely wines by the bottle weren’t available by the glass, and vice versa. My later thought was that maybe wines by the glass come from a BIB. The partner who drinks only white wines wanted the Chenin so we bought a bottle., and bottles of all the reds went up and down the table.
[Later edit: Mrs M told me she’d seen other tables getting individual serving bottles of wine, thus my BIB theory was wrong. Much better getting an airline sized bottle of fresh wine rather than a tired wine from a BIB, IMO]
The first Christmas event…
(Ridge and Montepulciano from TWS, Pinotage from Sainsbury’s, Sangiovese from The Stables)