A Red, A White, and a Movie for 2010

Special Holiday Bonus Wine/Movie Review – no story, just a red, a white, and a classic movie.

A Red

Cupcake 2009 Red Velvet. This blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a jammy fruit with a hint of spice, leather and chocolate notes on the nose while strawberries and blackberries, oh and, blueberries too dominate the palate with a decadent creamy mocha finish. Try this with beef or chicken stir-fry or a good ‘ole cheeseburger or serve with a teriyaki marinated flank steak too. $9.99, 89 rating.

A White

Brancott 2008 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This New Zealand white wine awakens with citrus and summer vegetable garden aromas (the label said ‘bell peppers’ but I detected an aroma the same as I would in early summer when the vegetable garden is just coming into bloom, remember that smell – yeah, sorta like that). Grapefruit and melon are the dominating flavors with a fairly acidic finish. Try this with the holiday appetizers and with fish dishes with a creamy sauce. $9.99, 88 rating.

A Movie

A Christmas Carol. This 1951 version is a classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge at his best/worst. The miser is visited by three Christmas ghosts in an attempt to change his callous ways. This Christmas classic starring Alastair Sim will sure to delight all and make everyone a kid again. 5+ popcorn boxes with butter, and one of everything in the candy case, a soda, and a bottled water. Truly my favorite movie.

Bona Natale, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or Bah – Humbug! Whichever you prefer, from the Witless Whiner wishing you and your family the best of the holiday season.


Perkin’s Cove In The Fall

Sitting on the lawn at the Riverside motel in Perkin’s Cove in Ogunquit, ME is one of the most relaxing mini-vacations I’ve had in a long time. The sun was gleaming off the water in the cove with a slight breeze and temperatures in the high 60’s still allowed you to wear shorts but warranted a sweat shirt in late afternoon and early evening. Early evening is 5 pm where bedtime is usually 8:30 pm for working days but when on vacation – anything goes. Not only did my wife and I catch up on the three R’s: reading relaxing, and recreation, we tried some really good wines. Although Ogunquit isn’t overflowing with wine merchants they do have several establishments that carry a variety of wines. There is one particular wine shop on US Rte. 1 that is quaint and carried some usual and unusual brands of wine.

In the center of town there is a grocery/sandwich shop/deli where a multitude of wines can be found. Grab a bottle of wine and a sandwich and you’re ready to mull out the afternoon on the deck of the motel and watch the boats and people go about their day. However, the best part about Ogunquit, ME is their many seafood restaurants. One of our favorites is Barnacle Billy’s in Perkins Cove. We have tried several meals at this establishment and have not had a bad meal yet. So, I recommend everything on the menu, I even had a Bloody Mary that was great.

So, nestled in for the night out on the back porch with a glass of wine looking at the bay amidst the many vessels anchored for slumber before an early morning jaunt into the ocean blue. Names like the Marcia Beal, the Three E’s, Melanie Jean, Happy Hour, Silver Lining, Queen of Peace, Bunny Clark, and the Gray Ghost set the backdrop for the evening sunset glistening off the treetops ablaze with the early colors of fall.

Oh, the wine we were enjoying on the back porch with a colorful rainbow in the distance was a bottle of Cline Cellars 2003 Cashmere. This blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, and Syrah brought on notes of black raspberry and clove aromas leading to mixed berries, spice, and mint chocolate flavors ending in a smooth, silky mocha finish. This went well as a stand alone wine but I had it with a chocolate brownie, okay, two chocolate brownies. $15.99 and a 92 rating.

A Chateau Ste Michelle 2008 Sauvignon Blanc opened with melon and pear on the nose with nectarine and peach flavors with a hint of lime finishing with a delicate mineral finish. $8.99 and an 89 rating. Pair this with salmon, haddock, cod, and believe it or not – bluefish. Round out the meal with any style of green vegetable which suits your taste buds, and a baked potato with a dollop of sour cream with fresh chives.

The last wine for a weekend getaway: Francis Coppola 2007 Crimson Label Tempranillo. This wine exhibited nose notes of plum, leather, and tobacco. The palate experienced black raspberry, plum, and chocolate. This wine wasn’t as intense as some of the Spanish-made wines I’ve tried lately. Maybe this is due to the types of climates from California and Spain but nonetheless a decent wine. I did not pair this with food but anything grilled I’m sure will go well with this, even grilled fish would be a nice treat. Hmmm, I think I might try this with a panini. What do you think? $15.99, 83 rating.

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