As a guy who thinks about food most waking hours, it’s common for me to start planning the weekend’s food and wine on Monday afternoon. This past week has been much busier than normal, so the planning starts now, with wine!
For salmon and sipping: Grochau Cellars Commuter Pinot noir 08 $15.75
One of the steals of the year, the GC Commuter 08 disappeared in hours when it was first released. The winery let go of a few more cases, so I grabbed 10. Great fruit and great value, the Commuter has plethora of cherry flavors and a nice amount of zip. A $25 Pinot, minus the ten…
For Italian: Monchiero Barbera d’Alba Superiore 07 $14.95
Nearly half the wine we drink at home is Italian, with a noticeable slant towards Piedmont. Barbera is a perfect food wine – the Monchiero is shockingly good for the price. Earthy black fruits and leather with violets and graphite, this Barbera is our new “house” wine.
And stepping it up a notch: Monchiero’s 2005 Barolo “Rocche” $47.95 is exceptional. Classic Barolo filled with licorice, tar, roses, brown spices, massive fruit and grippy tannins. We tend to drink Barolo way too young, so we’ll be cellaring two bottles for every one we drink. The 05 Barolo vintage is spectacular; the Rocche vineyard one of Barolo’s finest.