It’s about me, right? There are many reasons for blogging about my food and wine interests; but the longer I do it the more I realize that foremost among them is that it’s a great way to keep track of my own recipes and finds for future reference. So I’m going to take it a step further and try to get into the habit of jotting quick notes of wine and food I’ve tried that I want to come back to for future use. These notes to self will have less prose than some other posts and get right to the chase. But they are open–you too may find it useful if you’re looking for a good wine or food tip to check out these notes. On this blog, I’ll use the tag “WTBA” for “Wine to Buy Again” and “FTBA” for “Food to Buy Again. I’ll also use more refined tags over on Diigo.
This first note to self was prompted by a recent visit to Pairings Wine and Food, when I sampled two very good wines that I’d love to have brought home. But alas, I was nearing the end of the month’s wine budget and neither bottle fit into the short-term cooking plans, but I definitely like to enjoy more than a taste of these when the time is right! They are:
Hitching Post St. Rita’s Earth Pinot Noir (reg price $37) It had been so long since I’d seen the movie Sideways, I’d forgotten that Hitching Post was the place they hung out frequently in their wine tasting adventures. After sampling this, I can see why they wanted to visit this place often! I’m thinking this might make a nice Easter wine. At the tasting, it was paired with Stonewall Kitchen Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce served on cheese ravioli–a good combo; in fact I’m going tag this pasta sauce to pick up too.
2005 Ceretto Zonchera Barolo (reg price $50, on sale til months end at Pairings for $40) Very enjoyable and approachable for a fairly young Barolo.