Our favorite summer wines at Bistro Des Copains , the small French bistro I co-own in Occidental, California, are rosé wines from the South of France. These rosé wines are bone dry, vibrant, delicious and easy to drink. A family member picked us up from the Jacksonville train station and brought us home to St. Augustine. Give yourself extra time to get to train or bus station, airport or even when travelling by car. This will at least overcome any stressful situation if caught in the traffic jam.
A principle of food and wine pairing is that you can either complement flavors (such as with the truffle mushroomy aromas in both the Seastack and the Pinot Noir,) or you can go in the other direction and contrast aromas and flavors. A lovely wine to contrast with blooming rind and washed rind cheeses is Viognier, a varietal famous in the Northern Rhone Valley which has found a home in the New World up and down the west coast. This is a grape that can easily become over-ripe, alcoholic and bitter- but when grown on the right site is intensely fruity and aromatic, mouth filling, and elegant. Stags Leap Winery has been making viognier for years, and they know full well how finicky this grape can be. The Stags Leap 2011 Viognier, (about $25) gets it right with peaches and orange blossom on the nose; citrus, stonefruit and bright acidity on the palate to cut through the creaminess of the cheese, and a long lovely finish.
The island has a stay-in caretaker, Kuya Loret (0928.453.8821). He can be asked if it is possible to use the bathing facilities in his cabin. However, since fresh water is limited on the island, it is possible that he may not be able accommodate a large group of people.
This biodynamic producer has consistently gotten rave reviews from the national wine press (the Wine Spectator gave it a 91), and it is well deserved. The Reserve Syrah has lots of juicy blackberry and plum fruit and the lovely earth, leather, and peppery spice aroma and flavor of the best New World Syrahs.
To be a little more accurate, this was indeed my daughter’s first train trip and my first travel by train in 25 years. Since I don’t remember much of that trip so many years ago and considering how all things change over time, it certainly felt like my first trip.
Nabalitaan ko na ang mas okay pa ang Indiano saten dahil sa Embassy ng Italy mas sila yung na aaprove na mag ka visa kasi bumabalik sila sa country nila.. hindi sila nag TTNT. Kaya sana gawin din na tin yun. Wag tayo kumapit sa patalim kasi mas malaki ang karma nun at yung gagawin mo is sa benefit ng mas nakakadami.