For those of you living in PA, you can benefit from the Chairman this month. My issues with the PA LCB aside, they do get some great deals that are worth taking advantage of. In this case, the 2007 Clos La Chance Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is a great deal. This is a legitimate $18 bottle of wine available is for $8 and is like a little sister to a Napa Cab. Rather than the big vanilla oak, it’s more of a subtle cedar and reminiscent of that jammy berry-ness, has more of a plum like mid-palate. The finish is fast and doesn’t linger much, but for $8, this is a steal. Maybe some people from NJ and DE will come to PA for this…
I can’t believe it, but I’m now an official suburbanite. As of yesterday, I am no longer a Philadelphia resident, but I feel remiss to leave without writing about 2 of my recent favorites in my old ‘hood. While I’m sure I’ll find some favorites in my new area, these will be hard to replace.
First, Pure Fare, a great coffee and food spot with great, healthy foods gave me cravings that I didn’t know existed: quinoa skillet bread, sweet potato brownies, and spinach coconut shakes to name a few. They also serve the amazing blue bottle coffee from San Francisco to boot. The people are wonderful and I will miss them and their food. Hopefully, I can talk them into sharing a few recipes…
On to Rotisseur – if you like local, fresh, juicy rotisserie chicken with home-made flavorful side dishes, then get yourself to Rotisseur where they know what they’re doing. It makes for a very reasonable dinner where 2 can eat a feast for $21. They make chicken so well that I wonder why I ever tried to make it myself when I lived in town. Their sides, from mac-and-cheese to olive oil roasted potatoes were perfectly seasoned and prepared. I tried to talk them into opening up a suburban branch on my most recent visit. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Needless to say, I’m only 15 minutes away and will most certainly return as I live to eat…and everyone knows that Philly is the place for great eats.
I’ve talked before about the great people at Sawyer and their wonderful wine. The 2004 vintage has received a lot of hype and it is deserved. This casis and coffee laden wine is stellar and to quote an anonymous friend, “I love the way it just hangs in my mouth”. The continuous nature of this cab is prevalent and I urge anyone with Napa travel plans to visit the geat people at Sawyer.
A couple weeks ago, I made an $18 investment in a great bottle of wine supplied via the chairman’s selection program in PA. While I often disparage this program and the whole situation, sometimes it works out for us. This Sharp’s Hill Vineyard cab is serious and shows why many feel that Paso Robles is the next “it” AVA in California for Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a BIG cab and a steal for $18.