Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis: Spring Wines and Red Wines for Korean Style BBQ

This episode of the Tasting Room with Tom Leykis I brought a couple of my favorite, fresh Spring wines; a white from Umbria and a rosé from France. And I also brought some all-day marinated Galbi style Korean short ribs to grill. For these we paired a lighter Barbera from Italy and a heartier Chateauneuf du Pape from France. Both worked well for different reasons.
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Assorted Banchan -- cabbage kimchi, marinated tofu, pickled cucumber, pickled daikon

2011 Scacciadiavoli Grechetto Umbria $15.99 Italy  
An impressive white from Umbria at a great price. Fresh, bright citrus on the nose. The juicy fruit follows through on the palate with a vibrant acidity. With time more minerals come through in the pleasing finish.

2012 Les Grands Bois Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé $16.99 France
A pale pink color with perfect brightness. The nose releases a fruity bouquet and late summer citrus and raspberry with a hint of a floral note. On the palate it's generosity envelopes the palate with a silky mouth feel with accents of crushed strawberries, grenadine and a touch of licorice. The finish is very nice and balanced with pleasant ripe fruit. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

Korean BBQ -- Marinated Galbi Short Ribs

2011 Agostino Pavia Barbera d'Asti $14.99 Italy
Fresh acidity and berry flavors are the hallmarks of Barbera, but low yields and old vines give this wine very good depth and concentration. Fermentation is done in stainless (seeing no oak) and then straight to bottle. Aromas of red berries and mineral; palate is classic Barbera, bright raspberry/cranberry flavors with a very long finish.

2010 Clos des Brusquieres Chateauneuf du Pape $46.99 France
(93 Points: International Wine Cellar) "Glass-staining ruby. Intense dark fruit and floral aromas are given depth by hints of licorice and bitter herbs.  Brighter on the palate, offering potent red and dark berry flavors and a touch of cherry skin.  Smooths out with air, picking up a smoky note and finishing with firm but harmonious tannins and excellent persistence.  Let this promising wine age for at least five more years."
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