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Jul 06

WBW #23: BBQ Wines

Wbwlogo_1A day late and a dollar short is what I seem to be. Non-stop working. When you run your own consulting firm, it seems that things are either feast or famine. Right now, it’s feast time, which means very little time for blogging. Feast also means that we managed to prepare a rather tasty meal for wine blogging Wednesday. (Did you see that segueway coming?)

For dinner, we had one of our favorite meals that Kevin whips up on the grill: citrus-garlic pork loin. I’m not sure what all is in the marinade, other than grapefruit and soy sauce. As you can imagine, it’s quite tangy and delicious. To complement this, we also had jasmine rice and dinner rolls.

We’ve been searching for the perfect wine for this meal for months, and have failed miserably. This time, however, we came close. The wine was not a perfect fit, but the wine itself was immensely enjoyable.

2005 Ledson Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Ledson is a Sonoma winery, with the tasting room located in what I would call a dream chateau, but others call a castle. Some people seem to be turned off by this, but I was absolutely charmed by the building and the surrounding vineyards. It was so picturesque that I started planning my wedding. Well I did until Kevin reminded me that we already did the dream wedding thing on a beach and we probably wouldn’t be getting re-married at Ledson. We found the tasting room folks to be quite agreeable at Ledson as well, especially Brigitte, who still calls us every few months with dead-on suggestions.

I’m particularly fond of the Ledson Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, so Brigitte thought I might enjoy this one as well. This Sauvignon Blanc is from their Napa Valley grapes in Yountville and it was definitely enjoyable. This is a tropical wine, with scents of pineapples and mangos. It made me think of the beach. It also tasted of the tropics. Pineapples, lemons, a little bit of orange. It is a perfect sipping wine for a hot summer evening.

Sadly the citrus flavors in the wine and the citrus flavors in the pork dish just didn’t complement each other. We obviously need lessons in wine and food pairing. Next time we have the pork, we’ll probably crack open a Sam Adams Summer Ale. And next time we have the wine, we’ll probably just enjoy it on its own, perhaps when we hit the beach this August. I think this wine will pair perfectly with a Siesta Key sunset.
Kevin and I are rating the wine at our top level:

Many thanks to Vivi’s Wine Journal for hosting this month.

Sigh. Back to work as life gets in the way. I have a deadline of July 20 for a project on which I’m industriously putting in the hours. In the meantime, Kevin will be guest-blogging from time to time so we don’t go another week or so without a wine entry.

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2 Responses to “WBW #23: BBQ Wines”

  1. Wine Blogging Wednesday: BBQ Wines

    [Source: My Wine Education] quoted: Right now, it’s feast time, which means very little time for blogging. Feast also means that we managed to prepare a rather tasty meal for wine blogging Wednesday.

  2. Barbeque Grilles

    In a break from barbecue and burger joints, Traci and I had dinner last Wednesday at the Mar

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