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I had an absolute blast on Friday night on WCCO Radio with John Hines.  We chatted about ballpark food, restaurants around town, and a little about wine pairing.  Give it a listen if you get a chance.

7-22-11 – HINESight – 9PM

Big post coming midweek about my favorite grape of them all.  Stay tuned.

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I attended the Midwest Home Magazine Wine+Dine By Design tasting on June 23rd in the Valcucine space at International Market Square.  It was originally supposed to be held in the Bespoke showroom, however it had to be switched due to the last-minute arrival of some ill-fitting countertops for their display floor.  Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was in attendance and food was provided by Mike DeCamp, chef de cuisine at La Belle Vie.  A good crowd of about 200 showed up to sample four selections from the Z Wines catalog of South African wines.  I stopped by Z Wines’ stand at the MN monthly Food & Wine Expo in February, but only recall tasting the Our Daily Red.  All four showed very nicely that evening.

I have to award Best of Tasting to the 2008 Tygerberg Sauvignon Blanc [not sure on the price, all of these are available at Haskell’s & France 44].  I recently tasted its companion Gewürztraminer and wasn’t super impressed.  The Sauv Blanc, though, had a very funky/citrus nose and a body that grips your tongue with eucalyptus and a lengthy lip-smacking acidic finish.  Any Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc fans out there would be right at home with it.  Also poured were the 2008 Bush Camp Our Daily Red [the runner up, a dusty berry nose with a smooth and silky jammy-red-fruit body], the 2005 Overgaauw Cabernet Sauvignon [funky/barnyard flavor profile, black olives predominate], and the 2008 Bristle Dry Cabernet Sauvignon Rose [a very nice Rose with crisp Strawberry flavors and a clean, lingering finish].  Overall, a little crowded [due to the last minute venue-shuffling] but not a bad way to kill a couple hours on a weekday.

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