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Sippin’ from the Cup of Glory

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Hey Guys,

Got some good news…

That’s right! I am happy to report we have moved and are attempting to settle in. Decorations are being hung up and I even bought some wine decals. That’s right, wine decals. How could I resist? 

This pairing celebrates Germany’s win in the World Cup. Based on wine preferences alone, I was cheering for Argentina. But I must bow down to the better team and continue with our World Cup themed pairing. I am going to admit immediately that my friends Nikki and Megan provided both the wine and candy. Think of me like a weak invalid who needs a generous neighbor to give them a casserole for dinner. I won’t make any attempt to claim I had some grand vision but I hope you’ll enjoy this post nonetheless! 

The Candy: Salty Caramel Apple by Salty Road, in Brooklyn

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The Wine: Riesling, Yellow Tail 

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The Pair:

The riesling is clean and crisp with the slightest note of apple. There is a touch of sweetness and a slight sour twist.

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The candy is very, very chewy which is too be expected from taffy. Chewy candies are very hard to pair because there is just so much matter in the mouth. The taffy has a very subtle flavor. There is a touch a cinnamon and a very mild sweetness. 

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Fortunately, the slight sweetness prevents the flavor of the wine from turning. It is a pleasant back and forth. But I would have preferred a bit more punchiness from either the candy or wine. Overall I rate it a positive pairing and I encourage you to give a whirl if you can.

Congratulations again Germany. 

Peep This Pair

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Hello!

Whoa! Things have been very busy chez moi. Most notably being that chez moi is being packed up and moved to a new location in a week! After that, I zip off to California for a wedding, Disneyland, and July 4th festivities. I hope to get a post in sometime in July, but I can’t promise much. Today’s post is a lot of fun and features plenty of photos. Lets start off with one right now:

Do you Peep what I Peep?

Do you Peep what I Peep?

In case you don’t understand this incredible photo, it is my boyfriend and I in front of the PeepMobile (I don’t know if it is actually called that but…c’mon. What other name could there be?) Apparently, there is an entire Peep store in Washington, DC that nobody told me about.  Some may think an entire store devoted to Peeps is absurd, but I would challenge those people to a fight to the death. This store is what America is about.

*Do Not Eat

*Do Not Eat

I think you know where this post is going, so let’s get started.

The Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Lake County, Butcher Block

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Not Made of Pigs

The Candy: Peeps, Watermelon

No Rabbits Were Harmed in the Making of this Post

No Rabbits Were Harmed in the Making of this Post

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The Dream:

I normally would try these with a Pinot or a Chardonnay, but I wanted to switch it up for variety’s sake. The Cabernet Sauvignon was an attractive option because the balance of fruit and tannins. I did not want anything too sweet  because the sugary candy would immediately throw the flavor of the wine.

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The Reality:

I am underwhelmed by this wine. It’s tart and round but the bouquet is very opaque and I can’t engage to its flavor. This wine would be a good table wine, but it is not great for a pair.

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The Peep is the fake watermelon flavor, which is what I expected. But it is more sweet than tangy. Why did I think it would be tangy? What is with me and associating colors with flavors which are not the flavors advertised? Anyway, it made no difference to the pairing because the wine just a wasn’t strong partner. In my experience, the wine really needs to lead the pairing experience. The pairing was very meh and the wine didn’t taste good, but it never tasted great in the first place.

But it is all ok, because I still went to this fabulous store.

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Alright folks! I may not post for awhile, but I will try to Peep in now and again.

 

(B)limey What a Bad Pair

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(B)limey What a Bad Pair

Hello All!

It has been awhile. I would say I would get better, but that would be a lie! And while this blog does celebrate drunkenness and gluttony, I cannot support lies. I simply cannot.

I am writing this post on Thursday and we are truly doing a throwback for this post. Many months ago my friend Megan brought back some strange candies from England for me to pair. Today’s candy item has been sitting on my table in my broken candy bowl for months if not a year? I have no idea when she gave it to me.

Please keep in mind that this candy item had been on my living room table for a long time. When it was given to me, I completely understood what the candy was. But boy, memory is a funny thing.

The Candy: TouteSweet Chocolate Limes

(B)limey!

The Wine: Presidential Porto

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The Dream:

This is what happened. I looked at this bag of candy every single day. But do you ever find you can’t remember the color of your best friend’s eyes or can’t remember what ring goes where on your hands? What happened here is sort of like that.

When I looked at them the first time, I knew they were lime. But over time, something happened. It can be best described like this: I stopped reading the package and only saw the green. Since I am me, I saw green and thought, mint. When I saw mint, I thought cookie. I knew they had chocolate but the whole mint vs lime thing was negotiable according to my brain. Why I thought cookie, I cannot understand. I had asked Megan for candies and my friend knows the difference between cookie and candy.

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I picked port because in the past I have paired mint and port with some success. I thought this would be a new opportunity to try out the pairing. I didn’t realize my error until I was literally taking photos of the candy bag.

I need you to understand that this bag sat in the candy bowl alone for many, many weeks. I have no excuse. Something is just wrong with me.

The Reality:

I didn’t admit to my boyfriend my mistake. I just went with it. I still haven’t admitted my error. If he reads this post, I guess he will find out and I will find out if he really reads this blog (hi honey, maybe?).

The candy is strange. Obviously, it is lime and tart. The texture is what threw me because it is not quite a hard candy. It is almost a bit soft. The chocolate inside tastes like a tootsie roll but lacks the same texture. They are very weird. As weird candies go, this one is definitely up there in the weirdness level.

This isn’t a very sophisticated port since it is affordable. Don’t go port shopping you guys because boy, you probably can’t afford them.

Well, as could be predicted the lime tastes really weird with the port. It throws the port a bit on the way down and the aftertaste is not pleasing. The port is rich though so the flavor balances out. I didn’t find myself reaching for more candies which is an indicator of failure.

What WOULD I paired if I wasn’t an idiot who can’t read? A chardonnay or a pinot. I have plenty of these little wrapped babies left. Maybe if I am organized enough, I will do a rematch.

 

Disaster Health Workshop

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Urban Whinin’

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Hello All,

Ok this is my last vacation post! I can’t ride on the coattails of vacation forever and besides, I need to get back to pairing.

Today I am sharing a few pictures from our trip to Enso Urban Winery, a hip little spot in Portland. Apparently it is critically acclaimed as well! Unfortunately I didn’t take any notes but I can say with confidence that you should check them out if you are in the area and enjoy some quality wine.

Our Tasting Menu

Our Tasting Menu

A very impressive menu with some interesting flavor notes.

White & Red Tasting Selection

White & Red Tasting Selection

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring. I plan to have another post up ASAP!

 

Wine by the Mountain

Wine by the Mountain

I have betrayed you! I have been behind on posting. The next few days though I will feature some wines we enjoyed. Here are some photos from Phelps Creek vineyards where we partook in a tasting and drank a bottle of Pinot in the mountain’s shadow in Oregon.

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The Wine of a Procrastinator

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Hello All!

I have been behind posting and I apologize. The reason why? Cookie March Madness! Every week in March my coworkers and I have brought in cookies. Each week, one of us gets the cookie crown (not an actual crown made of cookies…but you get the idea). This has left me exhausted of sweets and gluttony in general. As consolation, here are the cookies I made with recipes.

Popcorn Cookie

Popcorn Cookie

From the wonderful Smitten Kitchen. Don’t overbake them like I did! Woops! Would go with a Reisling.

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Ultimate Chewy Ginger Snaps

I actually won with these bad boys! Enjoy with a Malbec.

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Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Votes are not in quite yet…keep your fingers crossed. Perhaps a Pinot Noir!

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I am soon going to Seattle so expect plenty of foody alcohol fun stuff! I will do a pairing this week. I swear.

Liz

Keep Pouring without Me

Keep Pouring without Me

It has been awhile friends and I am sorry. But keep drinking and I will be with you soon. I just need to pick up a port for our next pairing.

Don’t Get Your Hops Up

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Don’t Get Your Hops Up

Hi Friends!

I can hardly believe it but I am running low on my haul from Istanbul. I will have to finally check out that candy shop in Chinatown I have been eyeing! Hopefully I can get some interesting stuff.

Today we return to the familiar war zone-the battle of the gummy pairing. Before we start however I wanted to give a special shout-out to a fan I met during a twitter chat. I won’t mention your name but it was fun chatting with you!

If you are interested in following me on twitter, my handle is @BraveBrasington. I mostly talk about public health stuff.

The Wine: Abadia de la Oliva, Tempranillo 2012

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The Candy: Haribo Frogs & Haribo Rainbow Frogs

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The Dream:

I chose tempranillo because, while it has an undeniable fruitiness, it also has other rich flavors that balance out the sweetness. In past pairings, I found fruity red wines went well with gummies so I wanted to keep to that trend while challenging it slightly.

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The Reality:

The tempranillo is quite lovely actually and smells of licorice and blackberries. The wine goes down smooth with a slight acidity and dryness.

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The small frogs are the superior pairing since they are fruity. The wine is not thrown and the fruity frogs draw out the wine’s sweetness.

The big frogs are a BIG disappointment. Their flavor is not that distinct and the wine’s flavor is altered. It’s not terrible, but not great.

Overall? The fruity gummies go well with the fruity wines. However, I don’t know what to do with the non-fruity gummies.  I think we will try the cola bottles or something sour for the next gummies. I’m always up for a challenge!

 

Hello All!

As you read this, I am in Houston or on my way to Houston. Unless my plane crashed, then I am dead. And that’s kind of dark. On the bright side, my last act will be a blog post I planned ahead of time and that is worth…dying for? I don’t know where I am going with this. Let’s just get started shall we?

The Wine: Apothic, Red Blend 2012

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The Candy: Goetze’s Licorice Cream

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The Dream: 

Apothic is a red blend without any large distinctions to it. I wanted something fairly dependable to go against the licorice and a red wine blend was it. I didn’t know how strong this licorice would be since it has a creamy center. The creamy center added another unknown. I know it sounds like a cop out, and I guess it kind of is, but licorice is a difficult bear. And I want to explore blends a bit more anyway!

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The blend is quite ripe with the tartness of raspberries. I even sense a tang of lemon rind. It does not have an overwhelming flavor. I would recommend it as a table wine.

The licorice and cream are actually smooth with the wine. It takes the bite out. Unfortunately, the wine and licorice taste lingers poorly in the mouth. Very, very unpleasant. Overall, though I like the blends, it’s the extra characteristics of different varietals that give a pairings the punch. I may hesitate before pairing with them again.