Let’s Start With A Dessert Wine

I thought it would be nice to start with a dessert wine which reminds me of a much earlier time in my life when we had Mother’s Day at our house, the kiddies, their Grandparents and all of my wife’s sisters and their families not to mention a brother-in-law or two were on hand for the memorable Mother’s Day feast.

Our wives all decided that for this particular Mother’s Day they were going to make nothing but desserts for the main meal – have you ever heard of such a thing? I thought they were joking but alas when Mother’s Day arrived there were so many desserts you couldn’t fit anything else on the table.

Well, we (the guys) just stared at the desserts, then stared at each other, then stared at the desserts again amidst rolling eyes and thinking “I didn’t really think they were serious about this” look on our faces. Seeing as my father-in-law was the patriarch of the whole clan on that glorious, fateful Sunday I knew exactly what he had in mind (don’t forget these were the days prior to pizza delivery becoming popular).

I found the car keys and headed to the nearest grocery store which was about 10 miles away as we lived in the country at the time. When my number at the deli counter was called I immediately blurted out “gimme a pound of this, a pound of that and yes a pound of this too, and oh yes, potato salad, macaroni salad, etc, etc, etc”. You see, I was like a kid in a candy store even though I just left a whole bunch of desserts on the kitchen table I still felt I was in candy heaven. Then I get to the checkout and realized I needed some kind of bread to slap all the deli meat on so I raced down to the bread aisle and lo and behold I spot the Italian bread wafting it’s fresh baked aroma and thought I was in heaven again.  After we chowed down the meats we enjoyed the desserts our wives made for that day but we had many more Mother’s Days that were just as enjoyable! So, with that said here’s my review of a dessert wine…

Taylor Brooke NV Chocolate Essence. This is a chocolate infused Merlot Port – a what?? Well, you’ve got to taste it to believe it. Embarking on your journey into this imaginarium of wine ecstasy you are immediately drawn to the chocolate on the nose, as a matter of fact the same aroma can be smelled when you enter Hershey Park, makers of the famous chocolate. Yeah, like that! The first sip of wine is like a Hershey Kiss exploding in your mouth. Let that first sip linger for a great mouth feel, enjoy the exploding chocolate. The second sip you can detect a raspberry flavor indicative of many Merlots. Again, let this waltz on your tongue, enjoy the sensation. The third sip you can taste the port and if you’re a port lover like me, this is bliss. Like going to heaven and then back again. How Taylor Brooke Winery managed to get three distinct tastes from one wine is wine making genius. $25.99 for a 375 ml bottle deserves a 91 rating.

Well, after a hectic day at work I decided to unwind and cook dinner on the gas grill despite the gloomy skies. “It was a dark and stormy night…” Sorry, different story. It was the least I could do seeing as my wife was still painting the living room. The potatoes were cut awaiting the onion to finish off this portion of the meal. I combined the two and sprayed olive oil over the lot and sprinkled on the lemon & pepper seasoning and put them on the top rack of the gas grill for twenty minutes on each side. Meanwhile I decanted the bottle of wine we were going to have with this meal. Other edible portions of this meal included home made spring rolls baked to a golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside and plenty hot on the inside. While the home made spring rolls were baking and the potato & onion mixture was simmering on the gas grill I poured Jack Daniels Original BBQ sauce over several boneless top blade steaks for cooking on the grill. Although many times when I cook I have the times off for some of the meal but in this instance I had everything prepared at once.

You might think this was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious but it was more like  Scrumpdillyisticdogslicksdishesexpialidocious. Don’t ask me to spell that again, you know what happened in an earlier post… oh, by the way here’s the wine we had.

Camille Cayran 2008 Secret de Campane. This French Meritage was a blend of 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 10% Cinsault, & 10% Merlot. This wine exhibited an opaque medium red color with cherry, spice, and pepper on the nose with a ton of tannins. Nuances of cassis, cherry, and pepper on the palate with a smooth finish. At the end of the meal, this bottle was empty, MT, gone. The rating of 90 was bumped up 2 points because of price – $7.99. Cousin Carl – I think I’ve discovered one of your low priced reds. When I get back to the wine merchant I will buy everything he has of this.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends….