SOHO Spotlight: Magnificent Malbecs


SOHO Atlanta Restaurant will continue to showcase red varietals on flight night, Wednesday, January 21. Malbec will be the featured varietal of the week. The wine and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, January 27.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2011 Antigal UNO Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The winemaker says of the wine, “Bright natural acidity heightens irresistible plum and Morello cherry, while a touch of vanilla, chocolate and dulce de leche adds complexity.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2010 Waterbrook Reserve Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine is described, “Wonderfully developed cherry aromas swirl in the glass. Juicy, dark flavors welcome you to the well-rounded palate. Layered notes of rich fruit, cocoa powder and leather lead to balanced tannins and lingering oak on the finish.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2013 Felino Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Wine critic James Suckling says of the…

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Unicorn Wine


Mezameru Sakura

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1978 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache

The La Tache was sublime and possibly the best wine I’ve ever tasted. Amazingly fresh for something that’s pushing 40 years old. It greets you with a sensation like cool water, coolness rising up from the glass with menthol and eucalyptus. Like walking into the flower dome, and I think of small white flowers. The glossy brick red colour translates into subdued red fruit in the mouth, faint berries held together with good acidity in perfect balance. The structure is well-developed with mellow tannins. It changes again with an hour in the glass, becomes gradually secondary with umami, truffles, shitake mushrooms in the undergrowth, like riding a horse into the forest alone. The fruit and sugar retract further to leave a more lasting and savoury finish.

This is a unicorn wine, and we would have loved to watch it evolve into the night…

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Miss Marple was from Texas

Lovely snippet of a day in England.. Thank you… I’ll be ready for more….

the rockstars 2nd wifey

Not much has been happening here at Rocksey towers since Christmas. We have had some snow, some rain and today we have some beautiful sunshine. Spring is becoming more apparent everyday and the chickens are making the most of the sunshine by lying in the sun and eating any new shoots which are poking through the frosty ground.

Rocksey and I sit in our sunroom with a glass of merlot Blush, my favourite spring/Summer wine- it tastes of strawberries and sunshine – he has been faffing about in the kitchen and is now is playing tank battles on his ipad whilst listening to the Steve Miller Band on vinyl. I love ’70’s music, not all that teeny bopper stuff but Steely Dan and Steve Miller……chill out music for such a lovely afternoon.

Last night we spend with some American friends who live in very pretty market town just half an…

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Sunday Rewind: Slow Cooking My Wife’s Purse

I think I’ll need this on my menu!

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

Beef Burgundy – Originally posted April 5, 2012

As The Rantings of an Amateur Chef has been going since February of 2012, there are quite a few readers that have joined along the way. In an effort to bring back some great recipes that they may have missed, I will dedicate Sundays to re-posting a favorite that is at least two years old. I hope you enjoy! – The Ranting Chef

For much of my childhood I was a latchkey kid. Both parents worked, and several times every week I would come home to a note that read:

Crock Pot is in the fridge. Plug in on high. Love, Mom.

We used our slow cooker a significant amount. Chicken or beef. I don’t really remember anything thing else, but we had a variety of recipes with chicken or beef. By the time my parents came in the door from a long…

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Does it Matter . . . Closures . . .

I am a beginner here… Certainly good points on the screw cap, which I am hearing a lot about. Looking at the wines in the photograph, the right bottle’s cork is damp from the wine, so doesn’t that have an impact on the wine, color, taste. Every bottle which is transported, moved in a shop, has the risk of coming in contact & changing… How does the vineyard insure their bottle of wine keeps the quality aroma & taste they’re “selling”? Complex issues for a bottle of wine which may sit on a shelf for years or accompany dinner tonight…..

Wine Verbiage

cork oxidation

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the screw cap. Let me say at the beginning here that I do NOT believe it is the ‘perfect’ closure as I do NOT believe that there is such a thing.

But let me explain why I use screw caps for all of my tercero wines. Again, this is not to say that it is ‘better’, but there is a reasoning that I think is important to understand:

I do not like TCA whatsoever. For those who do not know what this is, during the aging process of corks, mold grows on the air drying cork. Sometimes, but not all of the time, a chemical compound is created that eventually becomes TCA, or tri-choloranisole for those who dig scientific names J

What’s the big deal with TCA? Well, at low levels, it simply steals the aromas from a wine…

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