1990 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Light, fruity, good
nov. 26, 2010: greg wasn't feeling well enough (he had a cold) to come to dinner at my parents' house on friday, but he did rotisserie a delicious chicken for my parents, emilie and me to eat on their last day in the states for a while. i prepared a bulgar wheat recipe with cilantro, dried cranberries and yellow raisins from a recipe my father gave me in a mediterranean cook book. i'd make this recipe again.
my father opened up this chateau la nerthe, 13.5 percent alcohol, which i had never had before. it was quite good. the nose was fruity and there was no bitterness to the mouth. i thought the particular fruit flavors were hard to distinguish, but still, sometimes that can be good.
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.