For this TBT we head to Peru circa 2008. Miraflores to be exact. We were still living in Costa Rica at the time . . . in a very, very small town. This was part of our Big City South American Adventure. Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Miraflores and Montevideo. And guess what we learned most about Peru. . .the food!!
Of course that should be no surprise. Follow us on this food fueled adventure.
Once again in honor of TBT, we want to take a trip back to what we consider a second homeland for us: Argentina. While we did not live in Mendoza but rather in Buenos Aires, it was Mendoza that first piqued our interest in moving to this amazing South American Country. Step back with us to 2008 on our first day in Mendoza staying in the city proper. We only stayed there two days before heading off to Chacras de Coria, a small village located just a few km from the city of Mendoza, to stay at Casa Glebinias. Highly recommended for everyone. Both the town AND the lodging.
The ancient origins of the Carmenere grape are uncertain, and there are several theories about them. My personal favorite is that what we now call Carmenere was known in ancient Rome as “Biturica,” and praised by such luminaries as Pliny the Elder and Columella.
Of course, evidence for this theory is inconclusive, but when I open a bottle of Carmenere, I like to think that what I’m about to drink bears at least some similarity to the wines enjoyed by Julius Caesar during his campaign in Gaul.
Our TBT adventure this week brings us back to Costa Rica. We had been living there for about 5 months and our 3rd wedding anniversary was quickly approaching. My lips are smacking just thinking about it. Bon Appetit!!
I couldn’t have come up with a better title. And oh what fun it would be to actually be paid to drink all the wine I do. But alas I am not. I guess I will just have to continue drinking it for fun. And fun I have.
Things are really busy behind the scenes at Shami’s Gourmet these days. We are doing our best to add new content to our blog 5 days a week, but sometimes something crosses our desk that makes us go “We must share this”. So now we share with you . . .the life of some of the world’s drunkest people. .. oops, my bad, wine bloggers! Cheers.
Our adventures this week take us back to one our favorite countries. Italy. We have been there a few times and each visit brought us to different towns and regions. This time, in 2007, we explored Assisi, Bologna, Perugia & Torino. But that was not the whole trip. This was one of our most adventurous trips to date: Paris, Grenoble, Annecy, Bologna, Perugia, Assisi, Hvar (Croatia) and ending up in Torino. It was a culinary feast . . . . wherever we ended up with memories to last a lifetime. Come join us in Bologna!! Continue reading →
Wine Wednesday. Our favorite day of the week. And one of our favorite wines for Wine Wednesday (or any day for that matter) is Zinfandel. No offense to those that like White Zinfandel. . . but we are talking about red. A big, robust red wine!!!
In researching California Zinfandel (and its Italian twin cousin, Primitivo), I stumbled upon a great blog simply called ” Zinfandel and Primitivo” by The WineCollective. I love their tag line: “If you can’t drink at work, at least you can read about it!” My sentiments exactly!!
The WineCollective was established in 2009 in Canada whose mission is:
There are thousands of wines available in the Canadian market from around the world on any given day. How do you choose what to try next? We were tired of rolling the dice at the liquor store. WineCollective does all the hard work for you. We try hundreds of wines each and every month, ranging from the weekday pizza wine to the exotic cellar candidate. It may sound like fun to try all that wine (which it is), but it’s serious work. We pick the best wines for our wine club members.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, we thought we would share their extremely informative history of this big and bold wine.
Things have once again been a little crazy around here with the store, our new diet and life in general. Sadly we didn’t have time for anything original today. But as you know we are always on the lookout for tasty wine on the cheap and I came across just what I was looking for.
Having been to Spain and being a fan of Spanish wines as well as being a fan of inexpensive yet tasty wine, I thought this would be a great chance to share with you this article by Talk-A-Vino. And after reading that Anatoli’s doctor prescribed a glass of red wine a day to lower his cholesterol . . .I knew I found a fellow wine lover after my own heart. And he has the chops to back up what he says.
Day one of our diet went fine. We found ourselves wanting snacks a few times, and one bottle of wine between the two of us turned out to be a bit of a challenge. But all told, really not bad. Still looking forward to cheat day, though :D.
IAC, today I thought we’d share this absurdly easy recipe which will be the backbone of our breakfasts throughout this diet. It’s utterly delicious and I can’t imagine how much simpler a recipe can get.