Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Double Fisting: Vino and Brew for Fall

Harvest 2011 is in the air of Napa Valley!  

As we start to feel those seasonal changes that harvest brings to the valley every year around this time, we cannot help but just want to relax at the end of the day.  We want a wine that is so overpowering, so bold and rich, that it melts all of the cares away.  We want something wild, yet uncomplicated, and something that matches the bold flavors of fall foods. 

Well friends, I have found the quintessential Napa harvest wine, and I added it by the glass just in time for this season....

the Buoncristiani OPC (Ol’ Pa’s Cuvee).   

The Buoncristiani OPC is the ultimate conundrum...like a velvet glove with an iron fist.   The 2007 vintage of OPC is a proprietary blend of almost equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, with some Syrah and Malbec.  

These grapes are sourced from some of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach, Hossfeld, and Bennett.  Not only is the wine amazing, but their philosophy of ‘quality not quantity’ makes this the kind of wine to sit back and enjoy the good life!  Enjoy a glass at Carpe for $16 or a bottle for $64.  For more information, check out www.buonwine.com

Let's switch gears.  
Now, for a word on the BREW of the moment

Anyone who has worked a wine harvest knows this saying- "It takes a lot of beer to make good wine."  Thus, I make sure to always have a unique stash of delicious crafted beers so my winemaker buddies can relax with something special at my bar after a long day at the winery.  

Goose Island Brewing Company out of Chicago makes a fantastic beer called Matilda.  

This Belgian Style Pale Ale is the perfect beer for someone who likes wine.  Dry yet quenching, Matilda has a noticeable spicy character to it- it's like the Malbec of beers.  Really unique, this beer is actually a vintage beer and like wine, will age for 3-5 years.  Next time you come into Carpe, try this out!  12 oz/$7