Archive for September, 2011
I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to stow away my flip flops and shorts for the season just yet. For some reason, the Summer of 2011 seemed to slip between my toes, retreating out to sea rather quickly this year. Maybe my family and I did so much that everything is just a blur to me now, or maybe (deep down inside) I just want to take in a few more warm and sunny days to put an exclamation point on the Summer of 2011. If I were to ask my sons right now how to accomplish this, they’d probably say, “Let’s go noodling!”
Ummm…sorry guys: diving into murky water and sticking my hands and legs into a hole to be bitten by a 70lb catfish isn’t quite the ending I had in mind. Unfortunately, for lack of better plans, it seems that the earthquake, hurricane and tornados experienced in the northeast will be the exclamation point(s) on the Summer of 2011.
The other night, in the midst of yet another summer rain storm, I whipped up a simple steak stir-fry and grabbed two bottles of wine that were produced by Château de Jau.
Now, I don’t typically make my wine pairing selections based on the way a label looks, but for some reason Benjamin Vautier’s artwork made me think happy summer thoughts.
We started with the 2010 Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc (Sample, MSRP: $10 US). “Jaja” is an old French slang word for a glass of wine – an everyday or house wine. This jaja was a big zap of lemon with some lime and granny smith apple flavors. It finishes clean, but had a little too much pucker for my liking.
2 Stars out of 4 for the 2010 Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc.
We moved on and closed out the evening with the 2010 Le Jaja de Jau Syrah Rosé (Sample, MSRP: $10 US). The 2010 Le Jaja de Jau Syrah Rosé is made from 100% Syrah grapes and is a straight-forward fruity rosé that fills your mouth with strawberries and hints of violets. Although it was a nice jaja, maybe a splash of Grenache, Cinsault or Mourvèdre would have made me gaga.
2 Stars out of 4 for the 2010 Le Jaja de Jau Syrah Rosé.
Cheers to the last days of summer!