This little guy is visiting, and when you’re Five, every day runs at a hundred miles an hour! So my Monday post has become my Friday post…..
Todays group Gomez, is from the UK and they are classified in the Indie/Alternative genre. Each member pretty much has equal contribution to the music with all five members playing an instrument and three singing vocals. The band released their first album in 1998 with great success in the U.K. and Australia, but it wasn’t until 2004 that they made the U.S. Charts. I discovered them, once again, through my sister Melissa (she has fabulous taste!) a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since.
I had trouble choosing a favorite for this post but ultimately decided on How We Operate. Mainly because I like the edgy vocals and the liberal use of guitars and banjo….yes, that is a banjo Ben is playing.
Onto the Food…
Hubby and I have been known to enjoy eggs and potatoes for dinner because frankly, sometimes we’re too tired cook a real meal….
Let me clarify – he’s too tired to cook a real meal and I really don’t enjoy cooking. Love to eat, don’t love to cook – if truth be told it’s the mess I don’t want to deal with…..I’d do well with a personal chef and dishwasher on staff. So, there are some nights we pan fry leftover baked potatoes and create a yummy, cheesy egg dish.
Not being ones to waste wine, we have on occasion, found a bottle of Pinot Noir in the fridge leftover from the night before. This is how we discovered Pinot Noir pairs well with eggs and potato.
Now the Wine…
Enter La Follette Pinot Noir
I discovered this 2010 North Coast Pinot at a Far North Scottsdale grocery chain that has a wine cellar and some pretty amazing shelf wines. The wine steward special ordered this for a customer who later decided they didn’t want it and she sold it to me for $14.99. Not bad, considering it goes for $20 plus shipping from the winery.
So how did it taste?
Glad you asked.
My first first Sniff revealed Bacon. As did, my second and third Sniff.
My first Sip revealed Bacon….I was beginning to think something was seriously wrong with my senses. Without telling Hubby what was going on, I presented him my glass for confirmation or denial of my peculiar discovery.
“Bacon and Eggs” was his proclamation.
So how can a wine taste like Bacon?
Well, this question prompted me to find out who Greg La Follette is.
Greg’s first love was playing the bagpipes but he soon realized this was not a practical career path so he went on to earn a double BA at California State University at Northridge, in Plant Biology and Chemistry. Then following a stint as a staff chemist at UCSF, he went back to school to earn a Masters degree in Food Science & Technology from UC Davis.
While working at the student winery at UC Davis, Greg became highly focused on the scientific components that make for mouth feel. This, I imagine, is how the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir came to taste like bacon…
The descriptors read “A bright entry of red cherry transitions midpalate to charcuterie and cranberry, offering a lovely acid/tannin balance”. Charcuterie, loosely translated, is Bacon. I did taste a bit of cherry and cranberry with the acidic/tannic balance, but that was definitely in the background.
Greg went on to Beaulieu Vineyards where he worked for famed master winemaker André Tchelistcheff. You can read all about that here.
So here’s the kicker – I don’t like bacon. I know, most would think I’m crazy but, let’s just say, I recently had a bad experience with bacon and can’t/won’t eat it anymore. But, for those that do like bacon, this Pinot is for you! Not to mention, Follette is the master of making Pinot Noir!
As a side note, I have Meiomi Pinot Noir in the fridge going on its 4th day and it’s still drinking Fabulous! It’s rare that wine will last that long in our house but we also have a Rose, a Chard, and Sparkling Wine open.
Choices, it’s all about choices!
Which brings me back to Gomez…..Here’s another favorite.
Have you had a wine that was unusual or didn’t taste as you expected? Please Share!
Until next time, Cheers to you! Cheryl