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    Notes - August 2016


    Photo: (L to R) Mark Donaldson, Chris Churchill and Brad Barker pontificating on all things wine and music


    Once a month, Chris Churchill, Mark Donaldson and Brad Barker educate and entertain us as they talk about what is happening in the world of fine wine and music. And of course, they drink while they entertain.

    This week:

    Le Carla Colombard / Sauvignon

    Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc

    Cigar Zin Old Vine Zinfandel

    d’Arry’s Original Shiraz / Grenache


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    Coffee and Herb Rubbed Lamb Chops

    It turns out that coffee and lamb like each other and the combined flavours are a super match for all three red wines featured above. Serve the chops with your favourite seasonal veggies and a variety of gently sautéed mushrooms.

    Use a meat thermometer and remove the lamb chops from the oven when they reach an internal temperature of 125 degrees. The lamb will reach 130 degrees while it rests and the meat will be cooked perfectly to medium-rare.

    For the Lamb Chops:

    •             2 lamb racks, frenched
    •             1/4 cup coffee, finely ground
    •             2 tablespoons paprika
    •             1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
    •             1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
    •             1 tablespoon brown sugar
    •             1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
    •             1/2 tablespoon coriander, ground
    •             1/2 tablespoon black pepper, ground
    •             1 pinch cayenne pepper
    •             salt, to taste
    •             1 tablespoon olive oil

    Combine coffee, paprika, oregano, thyme, brown sugar, mustard, pepper, coriander, cayenne and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle generously over the lamb racks.

    Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon reserved oil and the lamb racks. Cook over medium heat to brown all over, being careful not to burn the spices. Place the seasoned meat on a rack in the preheated oven. Cook until an instant-read meat thermometer reaches 125 degrees F. Transfer to a platter, tent with foil to keep hot and let rest for 10 minutes until ready to serve.


    Notes - June 27, 2016


    Photo: (L to R) Mark Donaldson, Chris Churchill and Brad Barker pontificating on all things wine and music




    Once a month, Chris Churchill, Mark Donaldson and Brad Barker educate and entertain us as they talk about what is happening in the world of fine wine and music. And of course, they drink while they entertain.




    On this episode, Chris, Mark and Brad talk about 4 reds, which could be a first for the gentlemen!  All four of this episode's selections are excellent for BBQ season, a perfect pairing with steak.

    - Les Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez Carte Noire Rosé 2015, Côtes de Provence AP, France

    - San Leonino Chianti Classico DOCG 2012, Tuscany, Italy

    - Motuproprio IGT 2011, Tuscany, Italy


    - d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2013, McLaren Vale, Australia


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    Italian-style grilled lamb chops
    Ingredients:
    2 large garlic cloves, crushed
    1 Tbs. fresh rosemary leaves
    1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
    Pinch cayenne pepper
    Coarse sea salt
    2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
    6 lamb chops, about 3/4 –inch (2 cm)  thick
    Method:
    Pulse all of the dry ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Pour the olive oil in and pulse into a paste.
    Put the paste and the lamb chops into a ziplock bag, rub the paste into the meat. Marinate them in the fridge for an hour. Before grilling, take the chops out of the fridge for half an hour, bringing them to room temperature.
    On a medium-high heat grill, sear the chops for two minutes, turn chops over and cook for another three minutes for medium rare.
    Serve with medium to full-bodied red wine.


    Notes - May 2016


    Photo: (L to R) Mark Donaldson, Chris Churchill and Brad Barker pontificating on all things wine and music




    Once a month, Chris Churchill, Mark Donaldson and Brad Barker educate and entertain us as they talk about what is happening in the world of fine wine and music. And of course, they drink while they entertain.




    On this episode, Chris, Mark and Brad talk about 4 reds, which could be a first for the gentlemen!  All four of this episode's selections are excellent for BBQ season, a perfect pairing with steak.

    - Wente Vineyards Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2012;
    - Grove Street Cabernet Sauvignon 2013;
    - First Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2011;
    - Chateau de Panigon 2010 Medoc AC Cru Bourgeois.

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    Notes - April 20, 2016


    Photo: (L to R) Mark Donaldson, Chris Churchill and Brad Barker pontificating on all things wine and music


    Once a month, Chris Churchill, Mark Donaldson and Brad Barker educate and entertain us as they talk about what is happening in the world of fine wine and music. And of course, they drink while they entertain. On this episode, Chris, Mark and Brad talk about D’Arry’s Hermit Crab, Ricasoli Chianti, Howard Park Cab and Freakshow Cab.

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    Roasted Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Simple and delicious, this is Italian comfort food.

    Try to cut the veggies to be about the same size.

    Ingredients:

    1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausages (or a combination of the two), cut crosswise into thirds
    1 pound small red potatoes cut into large chunks
    1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
    2 red , green or yellow peppers, cut lengthwise into 8 pieces
    A few sprigs rosemary
    2 Tbs., olive oil
    A heaping teaspoon kosher salt
    Freshly cracked black pepper

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 450°F.

    In a large bowl, toss the vegetables and rosemary in olive oil, salt and pepper.

    Arrange everything on a shallow baking sheet in a single layer, making sure the sausages are evenly spaced apart.

    Roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender and sausages are lightly browned, stirring once halfway through roasting.

    Serve with a light side salad and crusty bread.

    You can enjoy this with white, red or rosé wine.

    Notes - March 23, 2016


    Photo: (L to R) Mark Donaldson, Chris Churchill and Brad Barker pontificating on all things wine and music


    Once a month, Chris Churchill, Mark Donaldson and Brad Barker educate and entertain us as they talk about what is happening in the world of fine wine and music. And of course, they drink while they entertain. On this episode, Chris, Mark and Brad talk about Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling, HandCraft Petite Sirah, Caliterra Tributo, and Chapel Hill Shiraz.


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    Sweet and Sour Short Ribs
    You can make this dish ahead of time and reheat when ready. Serve it with mashed or scalloped potatoes and your favourite season green.


    Ingredients:
    1 ¼ cups beef stock
    2 Tbs. red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if available)
    1 Tbs. soy sauce
    1 Tbs. packed brown sugar
    1 Tbs. cornstarch
    1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 Tbs. honey (substitute maple syrup if desired)
    ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    2lb (1kg) beef short ribs
    Garnish – finely sliced green onion


    Method:

    In a saucepan, combine beef stock, vinegar, sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch; cook over medium heat, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Stir in onion, garlic, honey or maple syrup, and pepper.
    Place ribs in in a small casserole. Pour sauce over; cover and bake in 325F oven for 1-1/4 hours. Uncover and bake for 30 minutes longer.

    Garnish with finely sliced green onions and serve with sauce.

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