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Entries from March 2008

I Made Some Wine! Well Mostly…

March 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Wine Necessities in Ballwin, MO

Well, last Saturday I made wine at a great little winery in Ballwin, MO named Wine Necessities! Well, I mostly made a batch of  wine…technically I performed the first few stages of the wine making process. I put the batch through primary fermentation. Technically… I did what owner [...]

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Tags: Great $10 Reds · Recent Quests (Wine Tastings) · Wine Gadgets · Wine Necessities Winery

Great Home-Made Red Pasta Sauce

March 13th, 2008 · No Comments

OK, it’s March Madness time!  Conference playoffs are going on.  Time for real simple fare that doesn’t take you away from the tube.  (Would a 60″ flat panel look good over the stove?…hmm)  Anyway, got a great red sauce that we whip up.  Go Illini!
Ingredients:
2 jars Classico Traditional Basil pasta sauce
1 8 oz. jar mushrooms drained
5 oz [...]

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Tags: Cooking With Good Cheap Wines · Other Things Happening at the Wine Oaf's Home

Dirty Risotto

March 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Dirty Risotto
from:Giada De Laurentiis, Giada’s family dinners

Serve to Guests!
This is an AWESOME restaurant quality meal!
Ingredients:

5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounces pancetta, chopped
6 ounces spicy italian sausage, casings removed (we use turkey sausage too)
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
4 ounces button mushrooms, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 [...]

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Tags: Cooking With Good Cheap Wines · Other Things Happening at the Wine Oaf's Home

McManis Family Vineyard California Cab

March 8th, 2008 · 5 Comments

McManis Family Vineyard Cab 2005 California

RATING: Serve to Guests!
From the maker: Winemaking Notes
“Coupled with a deep ruby-purple color, the aroma for the 2005 has a very distinctive blackberry component that is layered with hints of clove and mocha spiciness. The fruit on the palate has a richness and density that is supported by [...]

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Tags: California Wines · Great $10 Reds · McManis Family Vineyard · Recent Quests (Wine Tastings)

Feudo Zirtari Sicilian Rosso 2004

March 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Feudo Zirtari Sicilian Rosso 2004 $7.99

RATING: Serve to friends!
What I thought: I love Italian wines. Why? Less substance than affection probably. I used to travel to Italy twice a year on business (that does jade me a bit) [...]

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Tags: Feudo Zirtari · Recent Quests (Wine Tastings)