dec. 22, 2010: i came home from work in time to catch up a bit with laura howell, greg's former coworker, which was really good, since i hadn't seen her since october. greg had prepared pork loins, steamed broccoli and potato perogies. unfortunately i only had the last glass of this, since it had been opened for a while before i got here. we both liked it. greg said this 2008 is much better than the 2007. frankly, i don't recall the difference between the two, but i do like this vintage's ability to be what i wanted it to be at any given moment: flavorful, but not too fruity; tannic, but not overly so; consistent, but not so much that it's boring. in other words, this mendoza, argentinian, was the good interview. i just wish i could have had more. 14 percent. about $14. winetree.
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.