Cook and @DrinkChile

I’ve been cooking! Nothing fancy, just a few easy-to-make dishes to pair along with some recent wine samples I received from Montes Wines (@MontesWines/MontesWines).

Currently, there’s a great selection of Wines of Chile (@DrinkChile/DrinkChile) on the market (at a fantastic value), giving a whole new meaning to everyday wine sipping, and making food pairing simple with home-cooked meals.

My three favorite reasons to “Drink Chile”:

1. Montes Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015

On the nose, this lovely wine captures essence of orange blossoms along with lemon, lime, and peach. On the palate, citrus crisp with a slight mineral touch on the finish. I paired it with a lemon-pepper Cornish Hen, lemon rice, and steamed marinated artichokes.

 

alpha-carmenere2. Montes Alpha Carmenere 2013

I love the spicy, plummy, chocolaty, and blueberry character of Carmenere — it pairs so well with spicy dishes! I prepared a Meat Free Monday meal (#MeatFreeMonday) with a simple marinara sauce enhanced with an ample amount of peperoncino (hot red chili pepper), lots of sautéed organic white mushrooms, and extra Pecorino Romano cheese on spaghetti.

 

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3. Montes Alpha Syrah 2013

Grilled lamb chops, spaghetti squash, and a cucumber village salad never tasted so good. I MUST say the Syrah had a great deal to do with that. Some wine experts say the healthiest and best-tasting wines are “dry farmed,” a concept of letting nature provide the only water source from rain, increasing the quality of wine with more ripe fruit!

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  • To good to be true, and perfect for my gluten-free peeps! GoGo Quinoa spaghetti pasta should be on that’s incredible. Product of Italy, USDA organic, NonGMO project verified, corn-free, VEGAN... the list GoGo’s on. Bottom line, this quinoa pasta is delicious. #quinoa #quinoapasta #quinoaspaghetti #gogoquinoa #productofitaly #usdaorganic #nongmoproject #cornfree #vegan
  • My Texas wine post this evening for tonight’s #TXwine Twitter Tuesday... was Llano 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. Great juice, lots of black cherry, cassis, cedar, good tannins and great acidity. Paired with BBQ spare ribs. Enjoyed takeout order of Pizzitola’s real pit barbecue pork spareribs, potato salad and coleslaw. Pizzitola’s is Houston’s only “open brick pits” still in operation located near Houston Heights. 
#TXwine #TexasHighPlains #LlanoEstacado #Llanowine #CabernetSauvignon #PizzitolasBBQ #HoustonFoodie #Houstonblogger #houstonbbq #houstonlatinablogger #houstonlocal #houstonlocalbusiness
  • Today Memorial Day, AND coincidentally National Wine Day in the USA 🇺🇸. How fitting that this past weekend, I helped taste 74 American made wines at writer Jeff Kralik’s “4th Annual World’s Largest Blind Tasting of American made Rosé” Tasting 74 wines is serious business and it was an honor to taste along side these great writers Katrina Rene and Sandra Crittenden. Brought home six Rosé souvenirs to enjoy today Memorial Day.

#americanmade🇺🇸 #americanwine #americanwines #americanwineries #americanrosé #roséallday #Rosé #roséblindtasting #nationalwinedayus #nationalwineusa #nationalwineday #pinksociety #houstontexas #wineinhouston #roséday #drinkamericanwine
  • Omelette stuffed with Palmetto Pimento Cheese jalapeños and side of sliced beef steak tomatoes. Tequila sunrise made with fresh squeezed Cara Cara oranges 🍊. #palmettopimentocheese #pimentocheese #pimento #tequila #tequilasunrise #beefsteaktomatoes #caracara #caracaraoranges
  • Memorial Day weekend is here and I’m letting one of my favorite local Houston eateries do the grilling. Jax Grill where every night is steak night. 10oz. Ribeye, loaded baked potato, and crisp side salad is regularly $19.95. Monday Memorial Day starting at 4 p.m. to close a bargain special of $16. #jaxgrill #jaxgrillhouston #jaxshepherd #houston #houstonheights #houstonfood #houstonfoodie #houstonfoodblogger #htowneats #houstontx #steaknight #memorialdayweekend
  • Freakshow Chardonnay anyone? Perfect pairing with Summer like weather, and Summer time cuisine. Tasting juicy mango and fresh apricots wrapping up with a coconut and butterscotch finish. Cooking my honey curry chicken this evening and it’s divine. #internationalchardonnayday #chardonnay #chardonnayallday #chardday #freakshowchardonnay #freakshowwines #nationalchardonnayday #lodiwine #lodicalifornia #goddessofthesea #lodichardonnay #winefromlodi #lodicalifornia
  • It’s hotter than Hades in Houston. Cooling off with some watermelon margaritas. Froze some watermelon cubes earlier this week. Pulled out the blender added my favorite Sauza Commemorativo TEQUILA some fresh lime juice, a touch of Roses simple syrup. Delish! #watermelon #watermelonmargarita #watermelonmargaritas #sauza #sauzatequila #tequila #fridakahlo #fridakahlocoasters #ilovemexico #mexicana
  • Today’s favorite #TXwine Twitter Tuesday post... paired with grilled chicken thighs and shishito peppers is Haak Winery Blanc du Bois. AND, this wine is a Double Gold award winner of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Semi-dry with robust tropical aroma and flavors of mango, pineapple and guava. Delicious with Shitshito peppers, you gotta try! #txwine #haakwinery #blancdubois #grilledchickenthighs #shishitopeppers

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