Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wine of the Week: La Promenade Rosé 2014

Not much information on the bottle or on the web, but this is a Côtes de Provence rosé from Badet Clément and Company. We picked it up at Trader Joe's and it's an easy drinking, dry rosé from Provence, one of our favorite places that makes it fun to drink pink - their attention to quality in that area means you're pretty much assured to get a good or better wine every time.

Wine of the Week: La Promenade Rosé 2014

Tasting Notes:
Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes; fermentation in stainless steel; aged sur lie; vibrant orange pink color; melon, citrus and floral aromas; melon, tart cherry, star fruit, and citrus flavors; tart acid backbone; cork closure; SRP $9.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fiddlehead Restaurant, Michigan City, Indiana

We were headed to Michigan for a weekend of relaxation when my friend suggested we stop off at Fiddlehead Restaurant, a place he'd visited and wanted to go to again. I'm always up for new places, especially when they serve local food and local beer; that I can support every time.

Fiddlehead Restaurant, Michigan City, Indiana

Fiddlehead Restaurant "... will be a community-minded training hub for veterans, serving fresh and locally sourced food and drink..." That's a great description of this restaurant that sits in a community that should be thriving, being so close to Chicago, but is not. There are signs, however. A new craft brewery here, a more interesting restaurant there - things are changing for the better. The veteran training program at Fiddlehead — FERN or Fiddlehead Employment Response Network — is a growing network Fiddlehead has established with area businesses to promote individualized training, advancement and long-term employment for service men and women. What a great thing they are doing for those who have served.

While the building that Fiddlehead sits in is not the most attractive around, the patio area outside and the interior are attractively designed and comfortable places to sit while eating and drinking.

When they say local, they mean local; even their shrimp is from Indiana (yes, a shrimp farm in Indiana, who knew?). In fact, all their meat comes from producers in Indiana, as does some of their beer (I had a 3 Floyds Yum Yum Session Ale, for instance, which is probably brewed less than a half hour away).

We started with fried pierogies, which were light and tasty and will be ordered again next time. Mac 'n' Cheese for my son and it actually tasted like it was fresh-made and not of the box. I'm still waiting on the restaurant that feels like a veggie or two would be a good idea to put on kids' plates. Still waiting. My buddy's chicken salad sandwich was very good (his second time having it), while my burger (goat cheese, bacon, and fried onion topping) was fantastic.

Fiddlehead Restaurant, Michigan City, Indiana

It's a new restaurant and there are bound to be growing pains. I had to order 3 beers before I got to one that they actually had not run out of. My burger was supposed to have jalapeño jelly but didn't. However, the food was good, the beer was cold, service was spot on, and sitting in the sun on the patio felt great, so the minor mistakes were overlooked. Cut them some slack this first year, they'll get it.

Northern Indiana is slowly becoming a really good place to eat. Local food and beer are being served by restaurants such as this one, owned by someone from the community and serving that same community. This is worth a stop if you're in the area. Not too far from the beach, outlet mall, or casino (all big draws), stop in and have a sandwich (or more) and celebrate the folk who brought us this effort.

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Fiddlehead Restaurant

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

No wimpy wines.

Another Trader Joe's grab, Ravenswood hearkens back to my early wine days, when this brand stood for quality Zins, not that they've moved away from that reputation or anything, but my experience has broadened considerably.

Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

Tasting Notes:
Previous years have had 75% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 6% Sirah and 3% Mixed Blacks; aged 10 - 14 months in 25 - 35% new French oak; pretty garnet color with ruby highlights; red berry, dark berry, oregano, and plum aromas; blueberry, cassis, rhubarb, and herbal flavors; medium mouthfeel and weight;  not a wimpy wine, but not a bruiser either; cork closure; SRP $9. 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wine of the Week: Earthstone Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Picked up this Earthstone wine (bottled by Healdsburg Cellars) at our local Trader Joe's, figuring that, at $5, it was worth a shot. According to TJ's, the 2013 version of this wine comes from a "winery [that] is a very strong player in the Sonoma wine biz." Not savvy enough to know who that is, but this is not bad for the price.

Wine of the Week: Earthstone Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Tasting Notes:
Sustainably farmed vineyard and a carbon neutral winery; light yellow color; pear, muskmelon, and floral aromas; subtle citrus, melon, orchard fruit, and subtle tropical notes; slight acidic bite on the finish; not bad a sipper, but better with some goat cheese and crackers; twist-off closure; SRP $5.

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