Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Two Wine Reviews and a Salmon Recipe

Grocery Outlet wines again tonight. In case you're wondering why I was given this opportunity and why GO is ramping up their wine presence online, it's because they're going to be having a fantastic sale March 30-April 3. 20% off all wines! This is a great event and there will be some terrific bargains to be had so do not miss it!

Tonight's first wine was a 2007 Sylvester Vineyards & Winery Rosé.

Front of the bottle:

Back of the bottle:

I bought this with the gift card given to me by GO for $3.99. Their sign said elsewhere it was $8.99.

When I opened this and poured it in my glass the first thing I smelled was vinegar. This did not bode well. It's dry and Mr Mary Cooks claimed it tasted like "Kool-Aid rainwater." (Hey, I couldn't make that up by myself!) There's an unpleasant aftertaste with a sourness that's almost lemony. The text on the back label matches the flavor and character of the wine: vague and nondescript. I would have felt obligated to finish the bottle but since I didn't pay for it, I didn't.

However, we did figure out a good use for it: it'd be a decent sangria wine. It also makes a good wine spritzer if you add lemon-lime soda. Just sayin'...

We drank it with salmon that was still great after being in the freezer for a year and a half. This is salmon that we caught ourselves in Ketchikan, Alaska. I was overjoyed that not only was it still good but it was delicious! Are you ready for the food interlude?

4 4 oz. salmon fillets
2 Tbsp. canola oil
4 Tbsp. rice vinegar
4 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. finely minced onion
2 Tbsp. sesame oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pour over the salmon fillets.

Let them marinade for 30 minutes.

Flip 'em over and let them go for another 30 minutes.

Put them in a pan and cook them in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then, broil them for about 5 minutes or so.

Ahhhh... I live a tough life, don't I?!

Okay, back to the wine. After the dismal performance of the rosé (and I truly was disappointed because I love a good rosé!) I decided to open a 2008 Le Baron Ranch Late Harvest Riesling.

Front of the bottle:

Back of the bottle:


Apple and apricot on the nose. It was only lightly syrupy but very, very sweet. It would make an excellent dessert wine. It was such a treat, literally candy for adults! There were pear and apricot notes with a peach aftertaste. It was almost effervescent on the tongue when it touched. It finished clean on the palate. I knew it might yield a nasty hangover in the morning (due to the sugar content) but I didn't care! The bottle was completely consumed, mostly by me. There was a bit of a starfruit note as it warmed. I loved, loved, loved this wine. If I could drink it every day I would do it.

It was $10.99 at Grocery Outlet, elsewhere $44.99. Honestly, for a Late Harvest that might be a wee bit inflated (I'd believe it more for an ice wine) but no matter. It was definitely worth the eleven bucks. I am going to head back to GO for more! You should, too, if you know what's good for you.


Em said...

Looking forward to trying to find the Le Baron Ranch Late Harvest Riesling at my GO! I have a hard time buying wine at GO because I never know what I'm getting. Thanks to your reviews, I feel more comfortable picking out a few bottles :)

Anonymous said...

Heading to my local G.O now o see if they have any of the 2008 Le Baron Ranch Late Harvest Riesling. Can't wait for the sale, must have now.


n9840153@hotmail.com said...

Its amazing what you can do with all the grocery outlet wine. Its a great store. I love that they are doing this contest. What a great idea.

Alena said...

Adding Late Harvest to my shopping list for next weeks sale!

maija said...

I've not gotten much into rieslings, as I tend to like drier, less sweet wines, but your description is enticing! I may just try this one.

Terra the Reuser said...

Oooh, I love a good dessert wine! (is that technically a dessert wine?) Isn't G.O. great for wine? It's been fun to read these reviews. What an ingenious marketing plan.

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