Archive | November, 2011

Pairing Beer with Food

28 Nov

I found this article on Men’s Journal’s website while stumbling across the internet. It’s a short guide to pairing beer with food, which is as important as knowing which wine to serve with your meals because the wrong flavor combination can ruin the whole meal. I thought it was neat because I always have a hard time choosing a beer when I go out to eat at a restaurant. Here’s a short overview, click here to see the full article:

Tailgating=Pilsners

Intense Flavors=Belgian Tripels

Sushi=White Beers

Spicy Foods=India Pale Ales

Wild Game & Chocolate=Fruit Lambics

Steaks=Brown Ales

Grilling=Porters

Desserts=Stouts

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Bohemian Highway Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

26 Nov

Last night I had a movie night with my friend and we picked up a bottle to go along with Horrible Bosses. We grabbed one of the double sized bottles where it’s like two bottles in one for around $17 at Winn-Dixie. This is another California wine, but this one didn’t impress me as much as the last one. For a 13.5% alcohol by volume wine it had a very light taste and was not very bitter at all. Very easy to drink but nothing in the taste really draws you in for more. I was also having difficulty deciding what it tasted or even smelled like. The only thing that stood out to me was a dark cherry smell. Not very impressive but I could tolerate drinking it again.

Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

22 Nov

Last night I cooked an amazing dinner of seared ahi tuna steaks with white rice and tempura vegetables with a friend. I let him choose the wine; he said he tried this brand not long ago and it was great for a cheap wine so I had to try it. The wine we drank was Blackstone cabernet sauvignon 2009 vintage. It’s a California wine. I’m not sure the alcohol by volume but it tasted about the strength of a normal table wine. It smelled nice like dark blackberries and tasted to match. It wasn’t too sweet or too tart. It had just the right amount of tannins with a nice finish that wasn’t too bitter. Not bad for a $7 wine from Winn-Dixie. Needless to say we finished the whole bottle and it actually went well with the fish which I wasn’t expecting.