Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Boxing Day Feast of Cold Meats

Usually it’s just Gewurztraminer, but we had seven adults at the table with quite different palates. Also we had very little of yesterday’s Gewurztraminer left over and rather than open another bottle I decided to try an alternative Hungarian Hilltop … Continue reading

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Roast Goose – Red or White?

Most people drink red wine even with turkey because all the trimmings – the stuffing, the chipolatas, the roast potatoes – match red wine. With a goose the situation reverses. The meat is much darker but the trimmings become sharper … Continue reading

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Does Alsace Produce the Best Alsatians?

We were having our traditional Christmas Eve ham with lentils, baked onions and celeriac. I have written about this before (link) and my preference for an Alsatian Pinot Gris to accompany it. Tonight was an opportunity to try variations on … Continue reading

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Roast Rib of Beef and Two Major Wines

Roast beef isn’t that hard to choose wine for; it has to be red and reasonably weighty. This being the Christmas season and with guests to entertain, we were ready to serve significantly better wines. So tonight I got out … Continue reading

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Continuing the Sauvignon Tasting with Potato & Caerphilly Croquettes

Tonight the meal was entirely right for Sauvignon and we had another two adults to help with the tasting, albeit the veggies, hence the croquettes. The light cheesy taste goes well with a sauvignon blanc which also slices through any … Continue reading

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Tasting Sauvignon Blanc

I have been buying a selection of wines in ones and twos over the last couple of months because Christmas, with all family present, allows tastings that are hard to do with just two people. For example I have eight … Continue reading

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Winter’s Compensations Marred by Another Damned Cork

I didn’t bother to photograph tonight’s roast pork; it is so traditional, what would you learn? Most importantly the pork itself was a rare breed – I forgot to ask which, but was in no doubt it was the real … Continue reading

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