Lately, my fellow wine lovers have been making suggestions on what I should feature on Wine Wednesdays. Many thanks to all of you. Keep those suggestions coming. This is not an invitation to suggest Two Buck Chuck. I can already tell you I would rather buy a pack of gum with my Two Bucks.
JUSTIN wine was suggested to me by one of my brilliant readers. Who is JUSTIN and why does he have a winery named after him? I started picturing a lanky, young man in jeans, wearing a white t-shirt and straw hat, picking grapes in the picturesque fields of Paso Robles. I was way, way off.
Justin Baldwin founded the property in which JUSTIN wines are grown and produced. He planted the 160-acre property to the major Bordeaux varietals and created their Estate vineyard. It is still family owned and operated.
If you’re a Bordeaux fan, you’ll like JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($25). The bouquet is spicy and full of dark fruits. Ruby in color. You can smell the cocoa, the black cherry, the earthy cinnamon. The body is medium and lingers softly. You can taste the red fruit- cherries, currants. It has the classic cabernet qualities. I like a long finish in wines. Fruity finish, not too crisp but soft. Medium tannins. It is a smooth, well-crafted cabernet sauvignon.
We cook and drink what we’re familiar with. Why would anyone try to cook with duck if they have never had it before? In the last couple of years, I started cooking more for myself and professionally. I started needing to explore my understanding of wines in order to pair accordingly. Something that enhanced the flavors of whatever it was I was eating.
JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 would go well with an Italian dinner- lasagna or meatballs and spaghetti. I don’t know why Albondigas soup (or Mexican meatball soup) comes into my mind, but it sounds like a perfect pairing. Kind of out there, I know.
If you didn’t already know, I live on the beautiful island of Coronado near San Diego. No, I didn’t drink this wine at the beach. That’s just not classy. 😉