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February Wine - "Muscat" in all its forms
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i didn't know anything either!!! Only that I didn't like wine... and I found wine that I like!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to a different grocery store than i usually do and was looking for Muscat. I asked the man working in that isle and he showed me the only two brands they had....Sutter Home and Barefoot! Shocked I guess I'm going to have to make a special trip to BevMo
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, or Trader Joe's. I use to be able to find a Muscat Canelli at Vons vinted by Arciero our of Paso Robles... But they quit carrying it several years ago.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't find a Muscat either, but the guy I asked at my local store wasn't one of their wine people. He drinks Coors. Shocked

So I picked up a nice Cabernet Sauvignon which I couldn't write a decent review for because I ruined my pallet with onion right before I drank it. But it was good and went well with onion. Wink Soon I will go back and try to get some again though.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wine Jelly
2 cups of your favorite wine.
3 cups sugar
1 pouch (3oz) Certo Liquid Fruit Pectin -- do not use powder

In a saucepan combine the wine and sugar. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a simmer. Do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the pectin. Pour into containers or glasses and store in refrigerator.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOO... Thanks Pat....
I see some Zinfandel Jelly in my future.... used to brush the inside of a tart crust before filling with pastry cream and fresh blackberries then used as a glaze to make the berries shiney... YUM!!!! AWESOME!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased the following wine based on the recommendation of a Total Wine employee (who had a great accent by the way - I think it was English):


Now the bottle was smaller then most wine bottles - so am I to assume this particular type of Muscat is a wine specifically thought of for dessert?

My review to follow soon.....
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we went out to dinner Fri nite and then stopped at the liquor store on the way home so I could pick up some Muscat. Anywho, they were having a beer tasting and I ended up taking home some Vanilla Stout instead LOL

I was going to pick up the Muscat too anyway, but they only had Sutterhome and another local winery one. So I thought I'd wait and check out another store. Then I stop at a drugstore, which carries a small selection. What do I find? Malbec and Shiraz, but no Muscat. LOL go figure. I'll have to go out and about this week to one of the bigger stores. I know when I wasn't looking for it I found it EVERYWHERE!

Cara, as for your question, I'm not sure, I've had smaller bottles and they were sweet (def. dessert wines), but I don't know if that's just a coincidence or the way it usually is. In fact, I think I have a "skinny" bottle of Sherry in my wine rack now.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wine Soup:

1 pint white wine
1 pint water
1 small stick cinnamon
Rind of 1 lemon...rough chop
2 T sugar

1 tsp cornstarch
2 egg yolks, beaten

Combine first 5 ingredients, mix well and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
Disolve cornstarch in 1 T water and add to wine. Bring to boil and remove from heat. Temper eggs and add to wine, mixing thoroughly. Strain.

To serve, place 2-3 macaroons in bowl and pour soup over them.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

February Wine Tasting ~ Muscat

First, I'm pleased to say that I started out in this Wine Club, knowing nothing about wine, other than I didn't like it. That was in November. Now three months later, I'm learning that there are wines that I actually enjoy. Also, I'm just learning more in general about wine.

I still stress out with food pairing. I mostly just go with the guidelines I find online or on the bottles.

Since Muscats seem to be mostly dessert wines. I thought Valentine's Day was the perfect day for my February Wine Tasting Party.

The tasters this month are of course, Jon & me (Marguerite aka Spryte)


Yikes! That is NOT a flattering picture of me!

Returning tasters and original members of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the BakeSpace Wine Tasting Club.... Ericka and Drew. Ericka also took the notes this time.... thanks Ericka!!


Also returning tasters... Whitney & Jeff... (isn't she pretty in pink with her hearty scarf for Valentine's Day??)


And our newest taster... Daniel =)


Since Muscats seem to mostly be dessert wines, I decided to go mostly dessert. At first I thought I was totally cool with that, then I realized, that it was hard for me. I don't think I've ever served 'just dessert'. I had also planned to serve cheese & fruit, but still felt like something was missing. At the last minute I added Open Faced Roast Beef Bites and Heart Shaped Mini Pizzas. I also made Oreo Truffles, Donna's Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes and Linzer Cookies. I dipped strawberries in the melted chocolate leftover from the truffles. I had Smoked Gouda and crackers. Cornichons. Sliced Pink Lady Apples, Blackberries and Red Grapes. I had planned to do a Baked Brie with Spiced Brandied Blueberry Jam and Walnuts in Puff Pastry, but I ran out of time. Even without the brie, it ended up being a pretty nice spread.

We started the evening with a sparking Muscat that I picked.

Name: Harlem Vintage Jaillance Clairette de Die
Price: $14.99
Year: I couldn't find a year anywhere on the bottle.
Photo of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: A sparkling and sunny wine from the Drôme, Cuvée Impériale Tradition goes just as well at aperitif time as with the rich dishes of Périgord cuisine or chocolate desserts. Slightly sweet and lively on the palate, it has been described as “like drinking a mousse of peach blossom.” An HV favorite!

There was nothing on the bottle.

Review:
~Marguerite - It's smells like cat pee... yes... that's what I said... I think a lot of white wines smell that way to me.... I made the mistake of saying that at a sampling at the wine store once!!

After a bit more smelling... I decided it smelled mildewy.

Tastes fresh & appley. Light champagne color. I really like it! Really! Ericka said that made it sound like I didn't really like it... but I did! Really!! hehehe

~Jon - champagny

~Ericka - that is kind of appley

~Drew - Yeasty... a breakfast drink

~Daniel - Sweet, mildly acidic

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And on to the next wine... a sexy little bottle that Whitney picked out.

Name: Eos Estate Late Harvest Muscato Tears of Dew
Price: $19.99
Year: 2007
Photo of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
NOSE: Apricots permeate the senses with richness with subtle characters of peaches and lilies.

MOUTH: The fruit from the nose radiates throughout the palate with added flowers reminiscent of a spring meadow filled with color.

FINISH: The light acidity cleans the palate from the sweetness while retaining the airy fragrances.

There was nothing written on the bottle.

Review:
~Marguerite - thick... sticky (yuck... I hate sticky things!) reminds me of mead... very honey tasting. I won't drink this again. WAY too sweet for me.

~Jon - Honey... high test, vapory, very strong... flowery

~Ericka - Smells like some kind of cleaning fluid

~Drew - pear, kinda syrupy, yeah... like mead

~Whitney - really nice amberish color, very smooth

~Jeff - like cough syrup, like schnapps almost

~Daniel - sweet, nauseatingly sweet

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And Mustcat number 3! Also picked out by me. A little more spendy than I usually buy. But this is what happens when you ask for advice from the wine guy at the store. I told him I wanted to try an Orange Muscat and he 'had one in the back' It was from the same winery. Before he gave it to me, he asked my menu and suggested I go with the Black instead. Who am I to argue? (and they were both the same spendy price!)

Name: Quady Elysium Black Muscat
Price: $21.99
Year: 2005
Photo of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
This rose-like aroma led Quady to name the wine Elysium, Greek for heaven. Elysium is used to either accompany or replace dessert. It pairs well with blue cheeses, desserts containing red fruits (such as summer pudding), vanilla, dark chocolate and ice cream desserts. Particularly delicious is pouring the wine onto vanilla ice cream to make an Elysium Sundae.

Review:
~Marguerite - this one is thick too... tastes like liqueur... berry liqueur... would really make a nice sangria

~Jon - very sweet, same vapory as Eos, mixed berries

~Ericka - smells like Welch's grape juice

~Drew - strong, almost fortified, would make an excellent sangria (everyone pretty much agreed with this)

~Whitney - great pop, nice little after dinner wine, raisiny

~Jeff - old Italian men drink this

~Daniel - sweet, but nothing balancing it

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Next up! Ericka's selection!

Name: Elmo Pio Provincia di Pavia Muscato
Price: $7.99
Year: no year on this bottle either
Photo of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
Elmo Pio Muscado is a light and delicious white wine that explodes with flavors reminiscent fresh peaches and strawberries. There is a touch for fizzante which adds to this remarkably enjoyable wine from Italy's famous Pavia region.
This wine is best served with friends and fun.

Review:
~Marguerite - the color is very clear almost like water.. really light flavor, fruity

~Jon - like the first wine, champagny with no after taste, finer bubbles

~Ericka - less dry than the first one, more up front, good for making white sangria

~Drew - this is good, but I don't love it

~Whitney - hmmm... not note from Whitney, but I think she agreed it would make a nice sangria.

~Jeff - no after taste

~Daniel - drier and less acidic than the first

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And last but not least... from Whitney's favorite winery...
Name: V. Sattui Winery Muscat
Price: $18.75
Year: 2006
Photo of bottle:



Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
With very pronounced scents of peaches and apricots, and a haunting, sweet-melon muskiness that gives the grape its name, our Muscat is lower in alcohol than most table wines and has enough lively acid to balance the high level of residual grape sugar.

Review:

~Marguerite - pale yellow.. smells yellow

~Jon - tastes something in the after taste that he might call objectionable

~Ericka - smells like Chardonnay... really different from the others... more flavor, but not more sweet, like the mead-like one.

~Drew - no notes from Drew

~Whitney - oaky

~Jeff - yellow is not a smell

~Daniel - this is a favorite

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Our picks in order of favorite to least favorite. These were hard to compare since some were very different. But here ya go!
~Marguerite - Harlem Vintage Jaillance, Elmo Pio Muscato, Quadry Elysium, V. Sattui, Eos

~Jon - Elmo Pio Muscato, Harlem Vintage Jaillance, Eos, and tied for last V. Sattui & Quadry Elysium

~Ericka - Elmo Pio Muscato, V. Sattui, Harlem Vintage Jaillance, Eos, Quadry Elysium

~Drew - Harlem Vintage Jaillance, V. Sattui, Quadry Elysium, Eos, Elmo Pio Muscato

~Whitney - Eos, Quadry Elysium, V Sattui, Elmo Pio Muscato, Harlem Vintage Jaillance

~Jeff - Elmo Pio Muscato, Quadry Elysium, V Sattui, Eos (didn't try Harlem Vintage Jaillance)

~Daniel - V Sattui, Harlem Vintage Jaillance, Elmo Pio Muscato (would rather be sober than drink Eos or Quadry Elysium)

A few more pics from the evening... all food this time...












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