Friday, April 22, 2011

Everyday Wine(s) in the City - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo by Azienda Agricola Masciarelli and Woodbridge by Mondavi

Because I worked from home 2 days this week that is why we've been eating-in. This also meant more opportunities to sample an everyday wine to pair with our snacks or dinners.

2007 Masciarelli Montepulciano d'AbruzzoOn Thursday, we opened a red wine from the Abruzzi region of Italy called Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.  For food pairing, we made enchilada casserole and spanish rice. The thick fruit flavors of this red wine is perfect for the cheesy and meaty flavors of the enchilada casserole with a hint of cumin.  Here are my notes:

Tasting Date: April 18, 2011.
Tasting Partner: Mijo
Wine Name: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Producer: Azienda Agricola Masciarelli
Region/Appelation: Abruzzi, Italy
Grape Varieties: Montepulciano
Vintage: 2007
Alcohol: 13%
Color Hue: red, purple
Aroma Intensity: aromatic
Developments: youthful
Aromas: plum, berries, cherry, 
Dry/Sweet: medium sweet
Body: Medium
Acidity: Smooth
Tannins: medium level, soft
Flavors: plum, berries, cherry

Woodbridge by Robert MondaviFor our light lunch, or more like a snack really, we made something quick - my all time favorite - steamed mussels.

We opened a bottle of California Chardonnay, sauteed some garlic, onions, cilantro, lemon juice, lemon zest, and then added a cup of the chardonnay. After it simmered, we added the mussels. It was done only after a few minutes. Heated the cast iron grill and toasted the buttered ciabatta bread.  Voila!  Perfect pairing especially since we used the same wine in the steamed mussels. 

Here are my notes:

Tasting Date: April 21, 2011.
Tasting Partner: Mijo

Wine Name: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
Producer: Robert Mondavi
Region/Appelation: Lodi, California
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: not known
Color Hue: white, light yellow, off gold
Aroma Intensity: aromatic, fruity
Developments: refreshing
Aromas: mangoes, vanilla, cream, cologne
Dry/Sweet: medium sweet
Body: Medium
Acidity: Smooth
Tannins: very soft
Flavors: mangoes, 

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