Palate Pleasers

Palate pleasing wines…

Posted on: January 17, 2010

Right after Christmas I was sick and pretty much had no taste in my palette.  I couldn’t taste food or wine.  So, once I got that back I found myself enjoying the seasonings on the food so much more and could really appreciate some of the flavors in the wines I opened.  Going back to January 8th, these are some of the wines I’ve had during that time.

  • Scherrer 2006 Russian River Valley Syrah.  After having been sick for a couple of weeks this is one of the first wines I tried.  I received this as a gift at Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it.  On my first sip, it coated my entire palette with nice rich fruit flavors, pepper and some earthiness, plus a finish that lingered and made me wanting more.  It was sufficiently better the 2nd day as it had time to open.  I loved this Syrah and am in the process of ordering more.  I went to a wine tasting in Long Beach on Saturday and had a chance to try more of Scherrer Wines and meet Fred Scherrer the Owner & Winemaker.  His Zinfandels and Cabernet are among my favorites as well.  Can’t wait to get my wine shipment next week.  (


  • The Following Thursday (Jan 14) I opened a 2007 Charles Creek Malbec.  It is from the East Soda Rock Vineyard in Alexander Valley.  Alexander Valley is a cool climate area that produces excellent wines.  This Malbec is no exception.  I had never heard of the winery before and received it at Christmas as a gift.  Most of the Malbecs I have tried from the Napa & Sonoma Valley are made in the traditional bordeaux style and are not as Jammy and Fruit forward as its Argentinian cousins.  This Malbec was amazing – lots of good fruit and hints of mocha in the finish.  I really enjoyed it.  (


  • For the Pork Chops I opened a French Pinot Noir, which was nice and had a good balance of minerals but didn’t over power the flavors in the pork.  Personally, I’m not a Pinot Noir fan as they are too light for me.  I tend to like a nice full-bodied Cabernet, Zinfandel or Syrah.  The only time I drink Pinot Noir is with Pork.  I have a few in my wine cabinet so I’m sure I’ll be talking about them in the coming year.  The Russian River, Carneros and Central Coast regions all boast some amazing Pinot’s.  I’m sure you’ll find one that pleases your palette.

3 Responses to "Palate pleasing wines…"

I am a bit biased since this is my wife’s blog but the pork chps and apple sauce were amazing. I’m trying to get her to understand the merits of dipping the chop in the sauce before taking the bite.
“pork chops and apple sauce” peter brady


I am so glad you started this blog. I love the background stories you add before each recipe.
I look forward to reading and trying out many of your recipes!

Thanks so much for your comments. I really appreciate them. I have plenty more great recipes to share – even Mike’s favorite casserole!


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