Sips of the Week
Music Pairing: new age solo piano
Ottantotto. Eighty-eight. The number of keys on a piano. From that finite number of notes has come an infinitely varied array of musical experiences. Et tu vinum – finite grape varietals, infinite wine possibilities. Barrel-fermented, aged on the lees, our Ottantotto Viognier is deep and complex. Or is it simply delicious fruit?
99% barrel-fermented dry Viognier, 1% Chardonnay, aged sur-lie 7 months in French oak. Goes well with summer salads, perhaps a wild green salad with dried cherries, walnuts and Gorgonzola.
2010 “Cantabile” Cabernet Franc, Loudoun County, Virginia, $24
Music Pairing: string quartets
Subtle notes of tobacco and spice drift from the glass as you swirl the debut “Cantabile” Cabernet Franc. Aptly named Cantabile from the musical term for “full of expression” this wine greets your palate with graceful tones of currants and berries.
80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 9 months in French oak. Goes well with medium weight beef dishes – enjoy it with medallions in a mushroom gravy and bleu cheese mashed potatoes.
2010 “Ode to Joy” Meritage, $28
Music Pairing: Beethoven’s 9th
Notaviva Vineyards 2010 “Ode To Joy” Meritage
51% Cabernet Franc , 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Deaf and withdrawn, Beethoven entered a plane of artistic creativity only reached through tormented genius. A pinnacle of human achievement, the 9th Symphony is a testament to the power of the human spirit, proving that perseverance can overcome the darkest adversity. Best paired with the Ode to Joy.
All wines are available at www.WellsWine.com in Baltimore or at a fine retailer near you.
Stephen Mackey is the co-founder and wine composer for Notaviva Vineyards, the world’s only winery that pairs wine and music. After touring internationally as a live audio engineer with the likes of Amy Grant, Bon Jovi and Matchbox20, Stephen and his wife Shannon purchased an abandoned cattle farm in Loudoun County, Virginia in 2003. The construction of Notaviva was filmed for the HGTV reality series “Dream House” and when the winery opened in 2008 it was an overnight success. Recently named the Loudoun’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”, Stephen and Shannon continue to grow Notaviva on their core values of superb wine, great music, and warm hospitality.
“Music, an art form so closely intertwined with human emotion it can be found in every culture around the world. It moves us, inspires us, connects with our emotions more directly than any other sensory experience. This connection now has a word – NOTAVIVA – and we believe that various styles of wines can complement these auditory and emotional connections.”
Michael Ruhlman is a well known author, food blogger, cook, and journalist who wishes to translate the chef’s craft for every kitchen. He went into a culinary school to write about what it means to be a chef, and instead he became a cook, got a job line cooking, lucked into one of the great restaurants of the world to work with the chef on his book. Ruhlman’s main goal is to get people into the kitchen to cook, to try new things, learn, and have fun.
He has authored the popular culinary Chef series “The Making of a Chef”, “The Soul of a Chef”, and ‘The Reach of a Chef”. More recent books include “Ratio”, which was endorsed by Alton Brown from the Food Network. His book “Ruhlman’s Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook” won the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the general cooking category and the International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook award in the Food and Beverage Reference/Technical category.
In late summer 2012 the follow up book to Charcuterie with chef Brian Polcyn, called Salumi will be published and the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook will hit the shelves fall 2012.
Charles Smith The Rock Star of Washington Wines will join us!