5.31.2010

2008 Eola Hills Pinot Noir: Emilie and Greg liked it, Victoria not so much

may 31, 2010: we had a lot of cilantro left over from when greg made hotpot a week or so ago. so victoria marinated chicken breasts with a recipe calling for cilantro, lemon juice/zest, garlic, saffron and more via http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127092887&sc=fb&cc=fp (the recipe is toward the end, and she grilled it instead of baked it.) she paired this with steamed carrots and red creamer potatoes, and some carmelized onions (3 yellow onions plus salt, black pepper and a dash of sugar really do reduce.) the recipe can be found via http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Caramelizing-Onions-Step-by-Step/Detail.aspx.

victoria decided to pair this chicken dish with an oregon pinot, since sauvignon blancs are generally too risky given greg's antipathy toward grapefruit. greg and emilie liked this pinot since they like acidity. greg and victoria got a nose of strawberry, and the flavor was somewhat woody. victoria thought this wine smoothed out and became gentler towards the very end, after it had been open for a while. emilie and greg would both get this wine again. also, emilie and victoria noticed that this was a lighter-colored pinot noir than others we've had. 13.6 percent alcohol. winetree.

by the way, this 2008 eola hills is apparently the best-selling pinot noir in the portland, ore., metropolitan area. it was about $18 at winetree.

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