Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2012 Domaine La Croix Montjoie Irancy with pan seared salmon, fresh yellow corn and lemon zest broccolini last night. Not the best pic because I didn’t take it until I had tried the salmon, but you get the idea. Always a great pairing the mild salmon and inexpensive yet lip-smackingly good red burgundy. As were past bottles of this, this has nice deep red fruit that is very focused and a little earth. I could do this virtually every night and be perfectly happy. On the salmon, I used a rub I bought in Hawaii from a former Austinite who now owns and operates Hawaiian Volcano Sea Salt for fun. It gives the salmon a very mild salty and spicy flavor that is very pleasant. They use the same stuff to blacken fish at the Four Seasons Hualalai.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.