Posts Tagged ‘albarino’

Bottled Passion – Bodega de Edgar

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Bodega de Edgar

What makes a good wine great and a great wine unforgettable? Passion. It might not be heading the tasting notes, but you taste it on the palate and you feel it on finish. It’s the culmination of every decision – from soil selection to aging – being driven by the winemaker’s unyielding commitment to pour every ounce of themselves, their experience, and their journey into bottled perfection. It’s both undeniable and unexplainable, but it’s present in the best. And there are few that it’s more present than in local winemaker Edgar Torres’ Bodega de Edgar wines.

Edgar Torres’ wines are handcrafted masterpieces. No surprise really, as Edgar started his journey surrounded by amazing wines as a waiter at the famous Villa Creek Restaurant, and developed from cellar rat to winemaker under the tutelage of McPrice Myers (McPrice Myers Wines) and Russell From (Herman Story Wines), two outstanding winemakers in their own rite. What Edgar pours into every vintage is his love of the art and of the land culminating in a passion for and commitment to small production, natural wines. Sourcing the same grapes as Meyers and From, Bodega de Edgar’s wines undergo natural fermentation (no yeast added), where the natural heat of Paso Robles and the yeast within the grape skin initiate fermentation, allowing the varietal and vineyard designate to pronounce itself from nose to finish.

Bodega de Edgar - BottlingAs with most masterpieces, they’re few in number and hard to come by. Bodega de Edgar’s lots are small and purposely so focusing on quality over quantity. Edgar’s Grenache/Syrah blend, E2, for example, has only 45 cases produced. His Garnacha? A select 100 cases. And his Albarino? 310 cases. But we’ve got all three, and we’re the only shop in the area that does.

This Thursday night (4/7) we’re pouring all three (E2, Garnacha, and Albarino) limited releases plus Bodega de Edgar’s newly bottled ’09 Tempranillo and ’07 Syrah. Come by and taste the passion!

Cheers!

Davina DaVino

Mediterranean Salad Recipe w/ Wine Recommendation

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I’ve been experiencing a lot lately with food and wine pairing – mainly because, well, I love wine and I love food, so the next best thing is putting them together in such a way that they compliment eachother. Here’s a perfect summer time salad to pair with those lighter, more acidic whites such as Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio…

Mediterranean Summer Salad
Serves 12 (1 cup serving size)

8 oz Orzo Pasta cooked according to package directions
2 Cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 Cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 Cup toasted pine nuts
3/4 Cup Greek olives, such as Kalamata, pitted and halved
4 oz (or more) feta cheese, broken into large chunks
2 Cups (or more) baby spinach leaves
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt & Pepper

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, olives, garlic, pine nuts, feta, and spinach – toss and then add cooked orzo.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to tate

Toss with salad, pour yourself a glass of vino and relax in the sun.