Usually, in the summer, I like to grill. Scratch that….usually in the summer I like to have my hubby grill. But this past weekend he was knee-deep in a dresser painting project and I had to get creative.
I am a punter. I try to plan meals for the week but, the truth is, I shop generally by what is in season and what is on sale. I have my list of staples and USUALLY have those things in the house. In other words, I cook by mood and what I currently have that needs to get used.
I am also quite frugal, almost to a fault, so most of the wines you see on here will be under $20, even under $10. (I call those Monday wines…more on that later.)
I needed to cook a pork tenderloin so I sliced some peppers, onions, cut some oregano, sage, and rosemary from the garden, and tossed it all in a pan with fingerling potatoes, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Five minutes before it was done, I crumbled goat cheese on top.
Now for the wine. I have learned that when you ship wine, you are supposed to let it sit for two weeks. This can be a challenge for me. I have very few bottles that I have allowed to age. The special occasion wines we order from some of our favorite wineries generally have a better chance because I rarely deem an occasion “worthy.” (See frugal comment above).
We returned home from a trip to Sonoma recently with a few favorites. Although we had only been home 10 days, we had put in a hard day and it was Saturday night, so 2 weeks be damned, I opened a bottle of Tempanillo Rose from Gundlach Bundschu. It is my favorite rose to date. Light enough to drink solo on a hot summer day, but enough backbone to stand some bolder flavors. Dry, yummy, strawberry notes start, but when I paired it with the pork, it developed into a whole different experience. There was a surprising minerality, still light, but not overpowered by the herbs. As I said, it held its own.
Wine-Yummy. Ideal for picnics, light appetizers (prosciutto and melon, goat cheese and crackers) lighter fare.
Pairing Grade-B If buying specifically for the meal, I would have maybe done a Pinot, but for a punt, it did just fine.

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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