Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shiraz via Frontera

This months cover by Aleksandar Ares
& K.K.W. Original photos by K.K.W
Shriaz: A beautiful thing. Photo & article by K.K.W

I've always had a fondness for the "drink", even before crossing the legal line to be able. Getting into wine is a tough thing, and yet a lot of fun. Easy to become a snob, hard not to be considered as such, and sometimes hard to deal with every priming-ass that gives it a bad rap.   
A sad & beautiful site; the last drop.
Have I had expensive bottles, yes, will I get into that here, hell-no. When it comes to inexpensive bottles Frontera makes a great one ($10.00 - $12.00 depending on the location). The taste is smooth, clean, with hint of currant & spice (don't think hot peppers), thicker then most other reds, and often bold. It Goes so well with savory or spicy foods (curry dishes, Thai, etc), and seasoned meats. As for cheese? Gorgonzola, blue, anything sharp, tart, with a pungent smell.

Even if its a different brand, pop the cork, let it breathe for about 15-20 min's (or just pour small amount into a glass & swirl to get the air in into it. Try not to spill). First take a sip, let it linger on your tongue and swallow. Next, cut a piece of cheese or savory meat, or a spoon full of curry or Thai dish and eat followed by a another sip of the dark-lady. The taste should be even better, which will show the power of the "drink". The right foods begin to increase the taste, pushing it to its peak. Try different things and see where it takes you. 

Normally I don't like red-wines from South America, but this brand is really good. My favorite area for Shriaz (or Syrah as its known in Europe & elsewhere) is South Eastern Australia, or South Africa (General Bilimoria. I really hope the name is right) is a good label, though hard to find). 

Rosemount Estate is a fine producer from S.E Australia, and the bottle that got me into the this kind. When it comes to wine don't go by just a label (although that should play a role in selection), start with type, then region, then producer. Never buy just based on price, start low & work your way up. If the bottle says table-wine, check the year (these are meant to be consumed within a year of being made). Cheers! And have fun (your paying for it).  

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