Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sokol Blosser is another great reason to jump on the Oregon wine bandwagon. The winery was founded in 1971 by Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser in the Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills.
Their children, Alison and Alex Sokol Blosser, now run the winery together.
They started farming their grapes organically in 2002 and received organic certification in 2005.
The winery's Meditrina red wine blend was a big mouthful of dark raspberry fruit with a touch of chocolate covered cherries. Very nice acidity keeps it from being too heavy handed. This blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah and red Zinfandel has a delicious zing to it. Guaranteed crowd pleaser. Was a great match with juicy meatballs and spaghetti. $17 Buy it online.
Sokol Blosser's Evolution white wine blend has long had a well deserved cult following. The winemaker says this is his hardest wine to make because of all the grapes involved (riesling, muller-thurgau, semillon, pinot gris, gewurztraminer, muscat canelli, chardonnay, pinot blanc and sylvaner...whew!).
Intoxicating aromas of lime flowers with flavors of citrus, pear and ginger. Like drinking a tropical fruit salad with a touch of eastern spice.
This is an awesome wine for spicy foods. I drank it with Ma Po Tofu and stir fried bok choy.
$17 Buy it online here.
Ma Po Tofu, simple version (the dish that will soften a tofu hater's heart)
Brown some ground pork in a hot wok until cooked, break up the clumps.
Turn heat to medium low
Add very soft tofu (better if you can buy fresh, silken tofu from Asian grocery)
Add spoonful of chili garlic paste ( you decide how much, it is spicy)
Stir all together and simmer gently for a few minutes
Optional: dash of soy sauce or fish sauce, chopped chives or cilantro
Serve over steamed white rice with stir fried Asian green vegetable on the side.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 4:04 PM