jan. 16, 2011: my parents invited us over for lunch today, and my dad prepared a wonderful brined chicken that he marinated in salt water and then cooked sous vide. he also shaved three white truffles that he purchased at vecchio's italian market in newburgh on top of wide egg noodles. this was a very tasty meal.
also, as an appetizer, my mom prepared gravlax with her traditional mustard-dill recipe. this was very good, as usual, though from what i understand, she used a different mustard. my dad opened a 2007 carneros reid-lockhart chardonnay, which greg liked but i thought wasn't very distinctive. it was acidic with some green apple qualities, not too buttery, yes, but it wasn't that impressive. but then again, i'm generally not a chardonnay aficionado. 14.7 percent alcohol.
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.