Vail Red, White & Brew: Sophisticated sloppy Joes
VAIL, Colorado I may have discovered the perfect wine and dinner pairing in the Vail Valley last week. Sloppy Joes with a glass of Mayu Malbec. Yes, it sounds a teeny bit trashy, but I guarantee you, its anything but. I was never forced to eat meatloaf or Sloppy Joes as a child so I dont have any bad memories lingering in the back of my head. Instead, my mother primarily served overcooked chicken. (Im happy to say shes a much better chef these days.) When I came across a recipe for a gourmet version of sloppy Joes cleverly dubbed Sophisto Joes on epicurious.com, I was curious enough to bite. The recipe called for a bit of red wine and I used the wine I was already sipping on while cooking: Mayu Malbec. The sandwiches were indeed sloppy, as well as delicious, and made even better by this delicious Argentinean wine. Malbecs are hip and theyre good, said Jarrett Osborn, the wine buyer at Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards. Theyre fun and theyre taking the place of what shiraz did about seven or eight years ago.This deep purple wine is indeed similar to Australian shiraz expect nice berry flavors with some black pepper spice.I like the spice and the earth, Osborn said, adding that this would make for a real nice barbecue wine.Or take my advice and serve alongside a suave version of an old-time staple. You can find this wine at Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards and Avon Liquor.Caramie Schnell, High Life Editor
So many chardonnays, so few with any real finesse. In a market awash with chardo-mediocrity, Saintsbury from Carneros, Calif., has delivered a truly elegant, balanced yet penetrating chardonnay with real depth and complexity.As with most of the best chardonnays, no single flavor stands out and the oak influence is restrained. Saintsbury scores extra points for making the move to screw caps.You can find this wine at Avon Liquor, Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits, Village Warehouse Wines in Avon, West Vail Liquor Mart and Alpine Wine & Spirits in West Vail. Michael Dresser, L.A. Time-Washington Post News Service
Before the beer Note to the guys at Deschutes: Listen, I know youre proud of this beer. I know you think its really, really special, and so it deserves special packaging. But please, guys, stop sealing your special-brew bottles with wax. It took five minutes with a steak knife before I could get this bottle open.Now, back to our regular review …Regular readers (thank you) will recall that Im a fan of the Deschutes Brewery. Their beer is good, and they stick to stuff thats recognizably beer, without sullying the wert with raspberries, rutabagas or other stuff. This beer holds to that theme, but if any beer deserves wax on the bottle, this one does. Its a double-brewed batch of the companys Mirror Pond Ale, brewed heavier and with a good shot of oak-barrel aging thrown into the bargain to create a barley wine.Now, barley wines can be, frankly, too much. They can be syrupy, bitter, and generally not much fun to drink.Mirror Mirror isnt something youre going to crack open after mowing the lawn a regular Mirror Pond will do nicely for that job, thanks. And you dont want to drink it really cold, either. The flavors dont open up until youve had the bottle out of the fridge for 20 minutes or so.When you do let the brew open up a bit, youre rewarded with a rich, red brew with a nice aroma and yeasty head. Then theres the flavor rich, but smoother than many barley wines.Put this on your list of beers to enjoy, but dont forget to pull a steak knife out of the drawer when you grab the opener.Look for this in the coming weeks at Avon Liquor, Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits, West Vail Liquor Mart, Pier 13 Liquor in Eagle-Vail and Alpine Wine & Spirits in West Vail. Scott N. Miller, Daily staff writer
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