Another night, another dinner, another bottle of wine. Actually, we don’t have wine every night with dinner. And not every dinner is gourmet. Unless you consider burritos and tuna melts and sloppy joes as gourmet. Tonight wasn’t really gourmet either, but somewhere in between. Red snapper (wild, locally caught, and that sound you hear is Lori and I patting each other on the back for that), bok choy and Israeli couscous. The red snapper was sautéd in some olive oil, seasoned with lavender salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme and paprika. At the very end of the cooking, fresh garlic, lemon juice and white wine were added. Not gourmet, just a casual night of pulling ingredients and having it all work out well.
We needed a bottle of wine to go with this. Sometimes the wine cellar is first in, first out, when we’re going for the older wines, and sometimes it’s last in, first out, especially for the white wines. There up front was the 2010 Derby Wine Estates Fifteen 10, their white Rhone blend from the Paso Robles area. The blend for this year is 34% Roussanne, 27% Viognier, 21% Marsanne, 9% Grenache Blanc and 9% Picpoul Blanc. I have no clue about that last varietal; never heard of it before. But whatever the blend, this was great with dinner. Nicely balanced, enough acid to really work with food, enough fruit to add to the flavor mix in the mouth. And it’s still great after dinner, maybe even better.
Another case of going to the winery (see our post from visiting this past summer), enjoying the tasting, buying the wine, and enjoying it again when opened. We’re going to have to figure out how to get more of this wine.