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red wine for your valentine 
Feb. 11, 2011 5:16 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2011 10:57 am
I opened a bottle of wine last night that was like a perfect Valentine to the senses. It was the 2008 Firehouse Red from Tamarack Cellars in Walla Walla, WA.

The first thing that struck me was its ridiculous perfume! If you have a big, oversized tulip-shaped wine glass, I’d drink it from there. The big, rounded glass will help capture the fragrance.
I didn't drink from a big rounded glass, and it was still stunning. Then came the beautiful velvety mouth feel and layers of Valentine’s Day-appropriate flavors--a little bit of chocolate, some spice, and bright red fruit.

And best of all, it’s not terribly expensive. It’s Tamarack’s least expensive label, actually.  Around here (Seattle), I’ve seen it for $14. But it could run to about $18 or $20, I suppose.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Feb. 12, 2011 3:47 am
I can almost taste that wine! I'll have to look for it in my area, even though I generally stick with our Ohio wines and Virginia wines.
Feb. 12, 2011 11:50 am
I'm not much of a red guy but I'm always willing. I don't know if I can get it up here but ya never know. I'm in BC. Tell me, is it tanin heavy in taste and is it dry? Also, the grape, any idea?
Feb. 12, 2011 1:00 pm
I hope you have better luck finding WA wine in BC than we do wines from the Okanagan in Seattle -- or wines from OH or VA, for that matter, which id love to try. Soft, mellow tannins in the firehouse. The grapes are probably cab, merlot, syrah, and maybe a few others. Thanks!
Feb. 12, 2011 3:39 pm
Thanks Lorem, aint free trade great? Not.
Mar. 27, 2011 10:57 am
I know I'm getting to this blog EXTREMELY late, but I can't help myself. :) I can't wait to find the wine you talked about today! And if I can throw in a pitch for MI wines, they definately deserve some attention! Particularly Chateau Grand Traverse & Leelanau Cellars...
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My wife and I and our two devilish kittens live on Capitol Hill in Seattle. A few years ago, I got a masters in gastronomy. I'm a food/wine writer. I’m also blogging about cocktails.
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We cook fairly simple dishes using fresh local ingredients that we pick up at the Seattle farmers market. My favorite thing is making a nice slow-braised or long-roasted something on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I like cooking with wine (in the dish and in the glass...and in the cook).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom never liked to cook, but she did well despite herself. Her mother, my omi, was from Munich and made delicious rouladen, sauerbraten and other traditional German and American dishes. Always bins and bins of home-baked cookies at Christmas. Wonderful rye bread. And beer. Opa would say, "Brotzeit ist die beste zeit."
My cooking triumphs
We’ve made the signature timpano dish from The Big Night a couple times. And for Thanksgiving 2007, we made Turducken. My wife and I are always volunteering to cook the big holiday meals with the family. We mix a signature cocktail, and get down to it.
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I made Thanksgiving Dinner for myself once when I was snowed-in in Denver. I nearly burned down the neighborhood.
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