2007 De Bortoli Petite Sirah: Smooth, concentrated, excellent with Greg's lamb stew
oct. 27, 2010: unexpectedly, greg prepared lamb stew with carrots, potatoes and onions. it was delicious! so we paired it with this south eastern australian petite sirah, which was wonderful. this 14 percent alcohol speciman was definitely smooth and creamy, with a sweet but slightly earthy quality. i could see why this petite sirah was recommended with lamb (it would seem to hold up against lamb's typically gamey qualities), but the stew greg prepared was not gamey at all.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.