Living well is the best revenge....
I came home on Friday night to a ransacked apartment. My computer, electronics and other various things stolen. My bedroom window kicked in, my teddy bear crumpled under broken glass on my bed. It was not a good night.
The next day, with police, supervisors, detectives, forensics, the handyman, and my landlord all milling about, I retreated to the kitchen and cooked. Chopping was therapeutic. And since I had no computer, I wrote this review old school, by hand on a legal pad. Now I have a new Dell netbook to post with....
This wine is from my Spanish Wine class at Bacchus. I learned that Spain also has DO and DOC labeling to police truth in labellings about where the wine comes from. This is a DO wine. Yeah, DO guaranteed to be from the region of Priorat. It is good wine. Kinda harsh, Dark cherry taste with a bit of tobacco and some minerality - slate? It is a food wine, and I wished that I had been cooking Lamb - because the spiciness combined with the fruity lightness of the wine would go well with the distinct taste of well cooked lamb. But all I had was Hangar Steak, and this was going to be a revenge meal.
As the workmen were retrofitting my apartment into a ghetto Fort Knox, I unscrewed the cap and poured a glug into my Riedel Vinum Extreme Bordeaux stem (yes, drinking wine out of a HUGE, expensive thin piece of crystal does make a difference - I think that it is the surface area - this glass is like a swimming pool for wine molecules - where as my regular wine glasses are just a bathtub). I was determined to use what wasn't stolen or broken, and the thief (thank goodness) skipped my wine rack and my bar set up (and I was damn sure that my lunch was going to be better than any lunch he could have).
After my first glug, I ran a glass through the vinturi. It was like velvet - with just a hint of tannins, and a lovely complex flavor. I think that this will also be a wine that ages well.
Glass in hand, I swirled, sniffed, sipped the wine and then stirred the risotto. The thief may have trashed my bedroom, stolen my computer and cameras & suitcases, but I was determined to have a great lunch. This Priorat added a great smell & smooth fruity texture with dark undertones, a good compliment to my revenge lunch.
Butternut Squash, Bacon and Sage Risotto