Kris Chislett

Beef-and-Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Caper Remoulade Paired with 7 Deadly Zins

I’m a big fan of meals that are easy, inexpensive and tasty; but who isn’t? This week I am featuring the Michael David Winery, and what better wine to pair with their Seven Deadly Zins than a burger? Recommended retail on the Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel is around $14, making it VERY recession friendly. I selected a recipe for Beef-and-Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Caper Remoulade, a fairly simple but extremely tasty recipe. I was…

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Petite Petit – As It Turns Out, Not So Petite!

Grapes A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot (hence the name, obviously).   Facts The Petite Petit is a blend of the 2 grapes Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot. It isn’t considered “the norm” to blend these two grapes in this way, but the result it quite impressive! Petite Sirah originally comes from France’s Rhône region where it is referred to by the synonyms of Durif or Petite Syrah, however in California…

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Introducing Michael David Winery!

So you might not have heard of the Michael David Winery, but you’ve certainly seen their wines around! Michael David produces such wines as 7 Deadly Zins, Petite Petite, Windmill, Earthquake Zin and a whole heap of other bottlles that  mainly focus on Rhone varietals, as well as Old Vine Zinfandels.   For the next week I’ll be featuring the Michael David winery, tasting their wines, pairing them with foods and posting articles, so stay…

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Blueberry-Glazed Ribs Paired with Ravenswood Vintner’s Blend Petite Sirah 2008

I’m going to cut to the chase, this was the best food and wine pairing I have put together yet! The other bonus was that it was also one of the easiest to put together. For this reason, I would like to issue a call to action: You need. to make. this recipe! The recipe for Blueberry-Glazed Ribs came from my usual source, Foodandwine.com. I’d love to think that Food and Wine were paying me…

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Croquet, Sterling Vineyards 1976 Cab, & Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1980 Bordeaux. Just Another Sunday.

Now, I’m not going to try and lead you to believe this is how I spend EVERY Sunday.  No, this Sunday was a touch different from my usual routine… Every few months, myself, my wife, and four of our closest friends get together for the Juicy Potato Club. The J.P. Club obviously needs a small explanation… When we were in Sardinia last year for 2 of our friends’ wedding, the day before they were due…

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The Great Twitter Wine Exchange–Part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of my Twitter wine exchange. In case you missed the first part, here is a quick rundown: One of the people I have been randomly talking to through Twitter is Kevin Widmer, who goes by the obscure Twitter name of @billybuttock. The rules of our wine exchange were simple: you send me a bottle, I’ll send you a bottle. The only stipulation was that the wine had to be under $20…

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Which Wines Can Age? Let’s ask an English Lady Named Jancis…

Aging wine is a tricky thing. I get asked a lot about which wines can age, so I decided it’s time to set the record straight and refer you to a lady named Jancis Robinson. What does she know? Well, the answer comes in 2 parts: -Firstly she’s English. -And if that isn’t enough for you, she is also one of only a handful of female Masters of Wine in the world. She proposes that…

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A New Study Shows Americans Feeling Less Than Wise About Wine

Given all the changes in recent months, Americans will likely be dealing with a whole new healthcare experience over the next four years. Still, a new survey* by DK Publishing finds millions of people ages 21 and over are wishing to improve their understanding of wine rather than healthcare reform! Perhaps the stress of change is causing many to look for more lighthearted subjects to digest in their free time. When looking to expand their…

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Wine Review of De Toren Fusion V

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, 55%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Malbec 15%, Merlot 10%, Petit Verdot 5% Facts Fusion V is named after the blend of only the best of the five red Bordeaux grapes. You would therefore refer to this wine as a “Bordeaux Blend”. Currently, vineyards in South Africa are undergoing a large-scale replanting program. With this, South Africa winemakers have collectively decided to focus on the five international grape varieties (Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot, Malbec…

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