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Jun. 21st, 2005

Last night we celebrated our 1 year anniversary to the tune of a pound of Filet Mignon, a bottle of 2000 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, a wedge of aged dry white cheddar, and a wedge of mozzerella wrapped in proscuitto. WOW was it good.

The steak I cooked after marinating it for about 90 minutes in the following:

White rice vinegar
kikkoman teriyaki
mis teriyaki
balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
fresh ground pepper

It's a recepi that has never been written in quantitiys, I learned it by watching Phyxis one time.

In short, the steaks came out incredible. Seared on the outside, rare on the inside.

Best part was the wine was on sale for $19 off regular price, and the steaks were $2 off on sale as well. What kind of wine gets $19 off the normal price? Fucken expensive wine, that's what. Unfortunately wine spectator pooh pooh'd Grgich for that year, but then WS has been pooh poohing them for a while now, rather unfairly so. It's stuff like this that makes me take a second glance at any review from WS. They're getting very biased these days. That tasted like a 95 point wine to me and WS dumped it as like an 84. Pathetic. .. so.. until next time I cook. C-ya next year. ;)

- Keman


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Jun. 21st, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Dude? You ruined a pound of filet by marinating it for an hour? you do that shit with lesser quality cuts usually. :P
Jun. 21st, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Whatever tastes good.

Food snobbery is overrated. :>

Jun. 21st, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
I disagree. It's not like I poured A1 on it after it was cooked. The meat had excellent flavor afterwards, the marinade only penetrated the part which was seared.

- Keman
Jun. 21st, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
It wasn't ruined, it was very good. Filets can be marinated, or seasoned, or whatever. You just don't have to marinade them for 24 hours or anything like that.
Jun. 21st, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
2000 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon...Fucken expensive wine, that's what.

Uhm... not really that expensive. And yes, WS has not a clue as to how to grade wines... I'm sometimes just as happy, if not happier with a 84 than one of their 95's. And okie, perhaps they are more expensive than Three Buck Chuck (aka Charles Shaw from Trader Joes)... but in that case, that's for when you're just sitting around on the porch and can live with some basically good "jug" wine.

But that's actually kind of a reasonable price for a bottle... expensive to me is over $100/bottle, although that sounds like a wonderful meal and a great selection to have made.

I'm partial to some of the Napa Merlots and Russian River whites myself, like those from Cakebread. The 2002 Pinot Gris from Sterling was an exceptionally good white this year... but hard to find. =)

Also, if you ever get a chance to drive out to Middleburg, make sure to go to Chrysilis Vineyards. And if you want really fine cheese... stop in at "Cheesetique." You won't be sorry... =D
Jun. 21st, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
I highly enjoy Cakebread and Sterling. I'm not usually for whites but Cakebread made some stellar Chardonnays in the past and if memory serves Sterling made some very good Merlot.

$70 a bottle to me is approaching expensive. It's not a 1988 Bordeaux, no, nor is it Opus One or a robert mondavi reserve. But. It's getting there, especially considering it's vintage. $70 is a lot for a 2000, especially considering how poor Napa's results were in that year.

I'm more partial to Australian Shiraz and French Bordeaux than californias cabernets, unless they're > 8 years and getting that tobacco chocolattey taste to them.

We'll definitely check out Chrysilis and Cheesetique.

I'm not really that much of a wine expert, but I did gut the upstairs storage areas built into the last house my ex and I owned. In it's place I built a refrigerated and insulated wine celar, making the refrigeration system by hand. For now Galen and I are limited to a 30 something bottle refrigerator, but with time I'm sure we'll eventually snag some interesting stuff.

It's only recently that I'm able to enjoy wine very much. Over the past 4 years the meds I've been on have greatly reduced my tolorance to alcohol, making one glass of wine enough to take me off my feet. Last night Galen was woozy and I didn't feel a thing, so now I've got the opposite. Wine does not taste the same as it once did however ... I do not drink it with the joy and ferver that I once had, which is a shame. But, in time, perhaps that will change.

The last bottle from my personal collection gained in the past was opened a few weeks ago. A 1996 Henschke Eden Valley Hill of Grace, Shiraz. WS puts it at 97 points. I brought it back from Australia along with two cases of various wine, and in US$ I think I paid $40 for it back in 1999. Unfortunately it died during storage and down the drain it went shortly after I tasted it with a sour face. :(

- Keman
Jun. 21st, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, the 2003 Sterling Vintner's Reserve Merlot is available at most "Total Wines" and is very good. Not as good as Cakebread imho, but at $13/750ml bottle - well worth the price.

And Cakebread's 2003 Chardonay is good, but not as spectacular as the Sterling Pinot Gris, or the Cakebread 2002 Russian River Chardonay, IMHO. But the 2002 Cakebread Merlot was so well received this year, that it was sold as soon as it was bottled. Even the wine club didn't get it's shipment this year! (Although we did get a nice '03 Shiraz from them however.) Besides, the Cakebread story is fun to read about.

Lesse... a bottle of 1996 Henschke Eden Valley Hill of Grace, Shiraz went for $240 in auction recently... you should have sold it on-line. Too bad it went bad... =(

Ah well... I tend to save that which has turned the corner and use it in cooking or salads for wine vinegar. =)
Jun. 25th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
> Lesse... a bottle of 1996 Henschke Eden Valley
> Hill of Grace, Shiraz went for $240 in auction
> recently... you should have sold it on-line.
> Too bad it went bad... =(

OMFG *sigh* I hope my stuff didn't turn as well. :-/
Jun. 21st, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
I wasn't woozy, I was tipsy. There's a differensche.
Jun. 21st, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)

- Keman
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