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Wine of the Week: Rogo Carinena 2006 May 24, 2010

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Rogo is an intensely rich Spanish red blend produced in the tiny village of Cariñena.  This historic village is located in northern Spain and is one of the oldest protected wine growing regions in Europe.  In fact, the Romans founded this area back in 50 BC; however winemaking didn’t begin to thrive here until the Middle Ages when several local monasteries took a serious interest in producing wine.  This region is also considered to be the birthplace of Carignan (pronounced as Cah’-reen-nyahn.)  Carignan (also known as Mazuelo in Spain) is now widely planted throughout the south of France and curiously it is almost non-existent in its original birthplace of Cariñena.

March Madness.jpgSpecifically, Rogo has dominating rich and round characteristics of spiced black plums, dried boysenberries and ripe black currants with a slight hint of black olives on the finish.  Considering that this wine is produced from a field blend of Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo (pronounced as temp-ra-nēyo) it’s not surprising to find these types of rich and enticing characteristics.  This wine could certainly become a favorite for almost any “die-hard” red wine lover (especially when considering the price.)

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” May 24, 2010

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Grilling season is in full swing!

All thoughts turn to grilling with the approach of the Memorial Day weekend.  When asked, “Which barbecue/grilling book do you like best?”, I always recommend any volume from Steven Raichlen.  Called America’s “master griller” by Esquire Magazine, he is the author of numerous bestsellers including The Barbecue Bible, How to Grill, Beer-Can Chicken, and BBQ USA (a dog eared and sauce covered tome I consult to check temperatures, techniques and noteworthy recipes from all across America).  His television show “Primal Grill” is entering its third season with the official start of barbecue season (it’s here!)  His latest book is called Planet Barbecue (he’s covered the USA, now it’s time to tackle the globe!).  Check out his website for grilling tips, recipes, his blog, and to find out about “Barbecue U”.  This guy has made an entire industry out of barbecue and he’s the best!  Enjoy.

I’d be thrilled to toss some of the divine Copper River Salmon from Alaska on my grill.  It’s only in the stores for about a month-now through about mid to late June.  And boy, are they proud of it!  The best price I have seen so far is about $33 a pound.  As much as I crave the heavenly treat-especially paired with a fabulous Pinot Noir from Carneros, discretion is the better part of valor these days on extravagant food costs.  I may have to wait a week or two and see if the price drops to a more manageable level.  Look for it in better stores, and by all means, let me know if you find a better price.  Have tongs will travel!

It’s barely been hot and already I am dreading summer!  Cool, light summer fare helps relieve the stress.  David Bull has a new summer menu at Bolla in the Stoneleigh Hotel.  Menu items include Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad, Seven Grain Club Sandwich, Penne Pasta Primavera, and Chicken BLT Sliders.  Cool.  Reservations: 214-871-7111.  2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201.

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