November 25 • Winemaker
It’s no secret that wine pairs well with certain types of food.
Now, I’m no wine food pairing expert, by any stretch of the imagination. To be honest, my specialty begins with a glass and ends by pairing it with food, period. Any type will do me well, as long as the wine is quality and there are at least two glasses of it available.
However, if you’re a couple of steps ahead of me in the food-wine pairing game and consider my approach to be monstrous, you may not sit too well with what I’m about to share. With that in mind, I implore you to open your mind and broaden those horizons.
Or, better yet, maybe Pindarie Wines can just do this for me, for you. Now, if you’ve been to Australia or live in Australia, you’ll know that a strongly preferred way to eat chopped up bits of tenderized meat is in a thick, flaky casing. The humble Australian meat pie is a world away from the best Australian wines category, right? Some people beg to differ.
I mean, if you’ve got good wine, some great meat, and a delicious tasting pastry, what could possibly go wrong? I’ll try and sell it to you another way. If you’re partial to the occasional pie, then you may also be someone who doesn’t mind sitting underneath a tin roof when eating one – or drinking wine for that matter.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with embracing and honoring the timeless class that comes with drinking a fine wine. However, there’s also nothing wrong with introducing one of Australian’s staple food groups to this class and seeing just how magical this marriage can be.
It’s simple science, really. If you’re someone who appreciates the natural elements like wood and stone – and tin, then you’ll have no trouble getting on board with our wine tasting pie eating extravaganza.
Pindarie Wines has an authentic cellar door tasting room that integrates all three of these beautiful elements (you can question how natural tin is if you want). Their Grain Store restaurant serves up the gourmet pies I’ve been talking up. Their tasting plates come with a bit of local meat, some cheese, a chutney or two and some good old-fashioned wood-fired bread.
If you do venture into Outback Australia for a taste test of some of the best wines around, you’ll be given a choice of nine. If you can’t imagine pies and wood and stone without a bit of wildlife, there are the sheep too. They’ll do a bit of grazing while you do a bit of tasting.
2016 “The Seductress” Savagnin: Let’s be honest. I hardly need seducing when it comes to wine. However, it is nice when you get a bit of hard-to-get, which is what this particular wine is playing at. It’s the final cut, which means its seceded its patch of red dirt to other varietals. RIP.
It’s a rich one, with aromas of raisins (?) ginger, zesty citrus, and barley sugar. I hope you got that it’s sweet out of that because it is. However, it does have a natural acidity that counteracts this nicely.
2018 Rosedale Road Rose: In with the old, out with the new. It would only be fitting to introduce a new release on the tail of a final cut. This medium-bodied wine will have you smelling cherry and floral, and eating seafood – so perhaps a fish pie?
2016 Western Ridge Shiraz: this little beauty has won a couple of silvers here and a bronze there. Western Ridge Shiraz is good, alright? It’s got savory at its core with a ripe, yet subtle overtone. It’s a well-structured varietal that’s built for aging. If you can hold out for that pie for a bit, you may have just found your match.
Pindarie knows all about pairing food with wine. I mean, you can’t get all the way out to pies and not come full circle with it.
July 25 • Music
Jim Morrison and The Doors remain one of the most enduring enigmas of American Rock N’ Roll. The band that met in film school and called the streets of Venice their home, opened “the doors” to a psychedelic Rock N’ Roll discography that has planted and blossomed millions of fans around the world. And yet, there is still so much that has been overlooked, especially for what the city of Los Angeles meant for Jim Morrison.
July 15 • shots
It’s always a race against the heat in the West. Hell, there’s a score of difference races around here. There’s a race to the riches and a race to the hills where the riches lay. There’s a race to food and shelter and the means in which a man might make to get them. There’s a race to the women and to the brothels and saloons where you can find them at. I don’t look for my women in those places but I often find myself in them for other races. Mine is a race to whiskey. It’s only a matter of time before I find myself in one today.
March 01 • Distillers
France’s contributions to the world involve gourmet food, beverages, wine, the revolution, and the Eiffel Tower, to name some. Beverages like Cognac, Armagnac, and Champagne are famous the world over.
August 12 • Coffee Producers
The Stumptown coffee buyers are called the Green Team members. These people sit down around a
campfire or in the home of a producer and talk about the year’s crop. They have met with these
producers many times because they have slowly been working on building long-lasting relationships.