Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Twist, A Treat and a BBQ Treasure (B.C. / California / Argentina)

Three wines once we arrived for the first day of our island getaway …

The Twist: an Oliver Twist Winery 2007 Pinot Gris from British Columbia.  The high alcohol (14.5%) shone through, and then there was the pear-peach mix of fruit with more than a hint of sweetness.  A tasty wine for the mid-afternoon … the high alcohol got peoples tongues’ a wagging.

The Treat: a wine that I have had a few times before, McManus 2008 Syrah.  Talk about high alcohol, another 14.5% doozy – but this is a real slut of a wine with all its black fruit and sprinkling of white pepper … but it’s the high-octane fruit that really makes this one a palate pleaser that’s so easy going down.

The Treasure: another wine that I have had before, this one was to pair with the inch-and-a-half thick steaks that were being grilled on the bar-be, Trapiche 2007 Fincas Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon: what a stunner with grilled meat.  Potent black fruit, pepper, and spice along with plum on the back palate and a long lingering finish; this one is really steak worthy so the pairing was excellent.

Tomorrow’s another day and I look forward to seeing what I have in my bag of tricks to pair with Pistachio Encrusted Salmon.

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