Sunday, December 10, 2006

Messy Chef

You've all probably heard of the "Naked Chef", but on sundays I turn into the "Messy Chef". Can you even make out the wine bottle in the background?...

It's winter so I made a squash soup...1 large green squash (seeded, skinned and chopped), 3 potatoes, 1 big red onion, 10 asparagus stalks, 4 carrots, all chopped, add 5 bay leaves, a bunch of tarragon, a smaller pinch of marjoram, a couple of teaspoons of turmeric (yes, turmeric - it adds wonderful colour and is now thought to be very beneficial for the health), salt and pepper to taste. Add all to a quart of boiling water or stock (the stock makes it more flavourful). Simmer for an hour, then put in a blender and make it all smoothie. Yummmy.

Anyways, about the was the Morande, Terrarum, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002. This is from Chile, was good when I bought it over a year ago. This example has been sitting neglected since then as I had lots of other wines to try. It hasn't improved with a little age, in fact it's fruit is fading fast. Kind of what you expect for a $15 Chilean wine although it's dark character in the glass and dense mouthfeel suggests it might have been ageworthy. So, it retains its tannins and loses it's fruit - I'd give it an "OK" at the present time, a very unremarkable wine. I'll buy the brand again, but drink it all within a month of purchase!



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