I just had a sip of Erath pinot noir. It was the first thing, other than water, that I’d had since eating homemade cranberry sauce earlier.
Not jellied. Just water, sugar/honey mix, and cranberries.
I’ve had this wine before. It’s one of those that “works for me.”
Which means it apparently has lower sulfites.
I was surprised to taste cherry very strongly.
It didn’t smell any different.
It was also a far mellower experience than normal.
I just had some of this same bottle last night with dinner – put through an aerator – so it didn’t mellow due to decanting.
Though I had the cranberry sauce over two hours prior to the wine, the acidic/tart experience/taste of the sauce had a “follow on” effect with the wine.
The only other time I recall this type of dramatic change was eons ago when I was having dinner at a restaurant in Ann Arbor. I had sake along with water.
You do not have sake like you do a glass of wine. Far less.
It was warmed and I’d tasted it before having any food. I then had some after food.
It packs a punch!
At least it did for me.
Psst. Just thought I’d share this experience. Perhaps others will try different food and alcohol combinations this holiday season, see what happens.
I suspect this wouldn’t work as well with beer due to its strong flavor though I know there is an entire science of food and beer pairing. The results will just be different than that of a more delicate alcohol such as sake or wine.
Art Imitates Life. The high irony – for me at any rate – is that there are two scenes in two separate books (including the one I’m working on now – Promotion: Book 11) in the Metatron’s Army Series where I have the characters at a restaurant in Kintal (Soia’s capital city) where the fruits and cheeses are paired with wine to evoke not only different tastes but sensual responses.
Great for a date!
Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C and other health benefits.