Menu for august
Wines a 50 year old Leo wine geek might enjoy
Sinskey 2005 Abraxas Vin de Terroir 29.99
Food and wine play a prominent role in your day to day life, especially in these global warming days of summer. Your tastes run toward the exquisitely simple foods of the season. Less is more and the simplicity of beautifully grilled fish served with a tomato salad with bits of crispy Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon makes the organic Abraxas all the better. This 37% Pinot Blanc, 26% Riesling, 19% Pinot Gris and 18% Gewurztraminer is Ms. Leo’s favorite white wine in 2006... so far. As with all things precious, there’s very little of this Alsatian inspired white wine.
Argiolas 2004 Costamolino 12.99
Leos are opinionated (no kidding!) but extremely capable. They are enthusiastic and see few obstacles. Projects are taken on with a feline ferociousness. It’s just like the lion to love, love, love Vermentino. The saline quality of this Sardinian wine pairs well with all sorts of fish and shellfish as well as the big cat’s occasional salty disposition. Full of bright, citrus minerality, the lioness heads to Italy for lappable, I mean quaffable summer wines.
Le Potazzine Gorelli 2000 Brunello di Montalcino 59.99
The queen of the jungle loves to be indulged with the finest Italian wines. Cult Australian Shiraz or boisterous Napa Cabernet would never do for this kitty, only the finest Sangiovese from Montalcino. It’s not about ratings or profile; it’s about the perfect melding of terroir and grape varietal that makes this lion purr with satisfaction. The Serengeti or Tuscany, Miss Kitty is at home and content either place.
Mauro Veglio 2004 Dolcetto d’Alba 16.99
Grasso 2004 Dolcetto d’Alba 14.99
Revello 2004 Dolcetto d’Alba 14.99
Loosely translated as little sweet one, Dolcetto is always associated with amore for this Leo. Dolcetto is the perfect summer red wine. It’s somewhat light (compared to Shiraz, that is), but very flavorful. It has a brilliant dark garnet color and goes with everything from pasta to salami. It has a beautiful bitter almond/almond extract flavor and an abundance of concentrated black cherry fruit. These "little sweet ones" are some of the finest produced so share them wisely with someone you love, whether it’s your closest friend and/or the love of your life.
When Taurus and Leo come together, they often become a sort of mutual admiration society. They understand each other’s needs well. Taurus needs affection, to be loved and cherished, while Leo likes compliments and wants to be adored and admired. They are both strongly loyal and are often possessive of each other. Both partners are able to provide what the other needs because their desires are so similar. – PlanetOut Horoscopes
Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee St. Anne NV Brut 39.99
Today you will daydream about your retirement and realize you will be 66 years old when your youngest son graduates from high school. 66 years old...how can that be? Priding yourself on your math skills you add the numbers over and over, first counting on your fingers and then your toes. Yes, there is no mistake; you’ll be 66 years old. In typical Leo fashion you decide to celebrate with one of your favorite French Champagnes. Smoky aromas and crisp, clean lemon and mineral flavors are perfect for Leos of any age. Remember Miss Leo, don’t wait for a "special occasion" to drink Champagne, rather celebrate the small triumphs and accomplishments of everyday life. After all, remember 60 is the new 40, right?
Parson’s Flat 2004 Cabernet/Shiraz 44.99
Some astrological signs will scoff at red wines from Padthaway. "How uncouth!" they’ll scream, better to stick with the white wines. Well, I don’t think they’ve tasted the amazing wines of Parson’s Flat. This is a luxurious, extroverted blend just perfect for a big cat’s 50th birthday. With dark, black cherry flavors, a big finish of espresso and mouth coating oak, it’s almost too much of a good thing. This Leo is going to indulge in a few bottles of this hedonistic wine even if it’s a bit out of character. Just don’t nag me for taking a self indulgent little walk on the wild side you practical Virgos. Go home and mop your kitchen floor a few times, go over your IRA account and STOP BOTHERING ME!
Vinas del Cenit 2003 Cenit 44.99
Les Alcusses 2004 15.99
"If you’ve wanted to become a religious leader, today is the day to get cracking on it. Otherwise, probably an uneventful day." Uneventful, unless Ms. Leo you’ve had the opportunity to taste this impressive Spanish blend then you might want to become the leader of a Spanish wine cult. As the leader, you’ll witness for all the wines produced on the Iberian Peninsula (and yes, I’m including Portugal). This idiosyncratic blend of 40% Tempranillo, 30% Monastrell, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Mando, an obscure indigenous grape varietal that’s found in southeastern Spain, is made by star winemaker Sara Perez. From now on just call me The Queen of Iberia, or Your Highness will do.