Wednesday, July 18, 2007

DeBeque Canyon Gewurztraminer & Artichokes

On July 17, 2006
DeBeque Canyon Winery Gewurztraminer 2005 Colorado
A stunner. One of the few times I’ve almost exactly agreed with a label’s description, which reads: “Aromatic, with hints of citrus, orange and spice. Barrel fermented one year to develop an Alsatian style.” Add “melon” to the above, and a very hint of sweetness – almost, not quite, dry. This wine shows that “smaller” appellations can produce great wines. Definitely a House Wine on our list, but may be limited in distribution. Available on-line at $13 (from the winery).

Steamed artichokes (gigantic!) with melted butter. Garlic in the steaming water. Had one of our “less-than-healthful-or-natural” sides: Packaged crescent rolls baked with Swiss cheese inside and sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese on the outside. So what.