By the time you read this it will be old news, and for some of you out there, very inconsequential news. I'm talking about the Big Game! While I wasn't a big fan of either team, the game did provide some very exciting moments. That's what brings me to this weeks "Wine of the Week."
As I prepared for Sunday evening, I gave some thought as to what I wanted to eat. Not being a big chips and dip kind of person, I concentrated on the main course. Now while I do like chicken wings, as I strolled along the grocery store aisles I wanted something easy but scrumptious.
While standing in front of the meat department, my eyes saw what was to become the perfect food. Baby Back Ribs! Now I'm not a fanatic when it comes to ribs and this may even be a little sacrilegious, but the idea that I could throw a nice rub on them maybe a splash of BBQ sauce throw them in a warm oven to bake for three full uninterrupted hours gave me goosebumps.
Some roasted vegetables thrown in nearer the end of those three hours, and what I had was a dinner fit for yours truly and with very little effort. I always like that.
Next up was the question of what to drink with BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Even though far from a purist, it has been a mainstay that one of the best wines to drink with BBQ is Zinfandel. Away to my cellar to see just what I might have that would go well with my meal.
While not a huge fan of those overly ripe, big, juicy or even jammy types, I do love the more refined Zins that give you that mouthfeel and spice notes that work so well in this case. I happened to see that I did have some of the 2015 Turley Juvenile tucked away. If you know Turley, the Juvenile isn't their biggest or most complex wine they make. It is actually a blend of over 18 different and distinct vineyards ranging in age from 6 to 25 years old.
Kind of a side note; I know that blended wines are pretty much in big demand right now. But that applies to different grapes used to make the wines. While all of the same grape variety, I have seen many times where various vineyards are blended you can arrive at a very nice wine and one that is usually more moderately priced. It kind of works in reverse of the "Single Vineyard" idea of quality.
Anyway, after preparing the ribs and throwing them in the oven, I knew it was time to relax and savour the next few hours until they were fall-off-the-bone tender. So I open a bottle and pour myself a glass of what was to become my Big Game Buddy for the evening. Okay, after writing that it sure sounds creepy. Considering wine as my buddy. I need a life!
The wine was as enjoyable as I had hoped. Not a big beefy sort, but that refined wine with subtle dark cherry notes with an almost grill-like quality that made it so pleasant. I could hardly wait for the ribs to be done and I could try it out with the food. Patience paid off in this case and when I finally drew the ribs from the oven and placed the meat, practically falling off the bones, onto the plate and taking that first bite. Yum. The wine next. Yum again.
I'm sure you get the picture. Add that to a pretty spectacular game, and it was an awesome time.
Turley can be a little difficult to procure at times, although the Juvenile tends to be one that is usually available. 2015 should also be the current vintage but 2016 vintage should satisfy as well. Like I said, that blending does usually create a very consistent wine. Look to see a price tag around the mid $30 range with their Single Vineyard wines considerably more than that.