Tuesday, April 8, 2008

We heart oenophiles

Hello Goose Guests,

We wish to introduce you to a new regular feature of the Goose Blog, wherein we will offer information and opinion concerning the beer and wine selection here in the store. We welcome all relevant questions, concerns, and requests (leave a comment here or contact us). While we hope to help with pairings and general advice regarding the wonderful range of libations at the Goose, none of us are master sommeliers. We simply aim to share our love of great beer and wine with all of our guests. Cheers!

First up, we've got a great pairing for Chris' latest rillettes of duck confit over a layer of reduced port spiked with Balinese long pepper. The 2001 Jacques Frelin Crozes Hermitage pairs wonderfully with these jars of deliciousness. Crafted from organically grown, 100% Syrah from the Northern Rhone it has the body and tannins to stand up to the richness of duck fat. Spicy, wild herbs on the nose and smoky dark fruit flavors compliment the rilletes without overpowering them. Grab a bottle from the cellar, a rillette from the case, a baguette or some crackers from the shelf, and you've got dinner.

Next is the Porchetta di Testa cured with molé spices. This is a porcine delicacy, seasoned with cacao nibs, garlic, chilies, sesame, and pepitas. We suggest a bottle of 2007 Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec. This dry, medium-bodied rosé has loads of red berry aromas. Plenty of acidity and spicy notes from the old-vine Malbec compliment the spice of the porchetta.

This wine will be great all
summer with grilled pork & fish.

By the way, for those with a eye for ratings, Wine Spectator awarded The Frelin Crozes Hermitage 87 points, and Robert Parker bestowed a 90 upon the Crios Rose. But numbers, shmumbers. We just think they're both good, solid wines that go great with treats from the Goose.

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