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Discover Spanish wines for your palette

The truth of the matter is you read the wine list presented to you by your waiter and you’re sure to find an assortment of  American, Italian, French, Australian and some Chilean wines. Spanish wines are sometimes forgotten. Why is that?

Spanish grape varieties are a mystery to some.  Let’s face it, if you drink red wine, you’ve probably heard of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. But have you ever heard of Tempranillo, one of the main grape varietals of Spain. Have you ever heard of Garnacha? This is another popular grape varietal of Spain.

Recently, I sampled a Garnacha blend at Rocky Hill Tavern2006 Heron Terra Alta Sexto. Actually, the wine is a blend of six different Spanish grapes: Garnacha, Carignan, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Lledoner Pelut Noir (very old vines).

The wine was very easy on the palette with hints of chocolate and a very soft finish. My impression was this wine is a wine to please all, sophisticated as well as novice palette. Everyone can enjoy this wine. Truly a delicious, reasonably priced approach to Spanish wines.  I was even pleasantly surprised to find that Sexto was recently featured in Wine Spectator’s 500 Values for less than $20. Wine Spectator rated the Sexto 87 points.

Now what food to pair with the Sexto. The old adage of pairing wine to the region works well. Try a chicken, sausage paella or even some tapas a.k.a small plates. Even some Mexican food would do well.

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National Chili Day

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February 25th is National Chili Day. With Spring  not too far away and a chill still in the air, the notion of cooking up something warm and spicy is appealing. Everyone has their own favorite recipe for chili, many handed down from generation to generation.

Chili is a well known comfort food eaten all over the world, with its roots beginning in the early 1800s when the Spanish brought over workers from the coast of South Africa and Canary Islands. The origins of this dish evolved from Berber spices, and slow stewing cuts of meats in clay vessels known as Tagines; eventually cooked in cast iron pots over open flames in San Antonio, Texas (Chef E. is from Texas!)

The name ‘chili con carne’ ( literally means chili with meat) often known as simply chili, is spicy stew.  The name “chili con carne “is taken from Spanish and means “peppers with meat.” Traditional versions are made minimally from chili peppers, meat, garlic, onion and cumin, along with chopped or ground beef. Beans and tomatoes are frequently added. Variations, both geographic and personal may involve different types of meats as well as a variety of spices and other ingredients. Chili can be found worldwide and also in certain American style fast food restaurants.

The variant recipes provoke disputes among aficionados. Chili lovers and cooks defend their personal recipes and hence  why many host chili cook-offs in the spring. And speaking of Chili-Cook off, Partners in Wine and Rocky Hill Inn will be hosting a Spring Chili -Cook off. Stay tuned for more information.

Now to the wine pairings: Try a Chilean Malbec or even a Spanish wine. For a complete list of chili recipes or more wine pairings visit Chef E. for suggestions. Chef E has prepared wild game chili and presented it in a purple bell pepper bowl over creamed mashed potatoes (lovely picture above ).

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Corky, PIWC Private Eye At Your Service


‘Corky’- Resident Wine Sleuth- will be your guide for “taking the mystery out of the glass and plate” Corky is looking forward to recruiting new friends to join his wine tasting and food club in New Jersey.

PIWC is looking for fellow winos in trench coats that can help expose the fun in all that is wine and food!

The top five reasons you should join Partners In Wine Club:

  1. Can you think of an easier way to meet new friends who enjoy food and wine as much as you do?
  2. We will answer food- and wine-related questions that you’ve always wanted to ask, but were afraid to!
  3. Imagine all the delicious exotic and ethnic foods you can enjoy—without making a mess in your kitchen, breaking a sweat OR cleaning up afterward?
  4. You’ll be introduced to some very sexy Italians (wines)!
  5. One look at our hip logo and you KNOW we’re going to be a fun-loving group!

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