Why is it that whenever you crack open a bottle of wine, the baby decides he doesn’t want to go to bed? It’s like he knows mama is about to have a moment to herself and decides he must prevent it at all costs!
Anywhoo – my mom is visiting from BC and we decided to have an easy dinner that H loves…tacos. When we were done my mom said ‘we forgot the wine!’ and I laughed because I didn’t think tacos were a ‘wine worthy’ dinner. Mom says that “any meal is wine worthy, except for cereal.” And really I should have listened because mom knows best.
Today’s bottle of Fat Bastard Shiraz by Thierry and Guy would be perfect with a nice peppery steak, or maybe a spicy Italian tomato based dish but now that I think of it…the tacos would have worked too. Or maybe Rhea’s Chicken Fajitas would be a wonderful compliement. With notes of dark blackberry, pepper, vanilla on the nose and a very light licorice finish, this Shiraz would compliment many a meal be it fancy or not.
From the Bottle –
It started out as an experiment Thierry had been doing in the back of his cellar, leaving a barrel ‘on the lees’ (yeast cells). He didn’t know what to expect but when the friends tried the wine Thierry exclaimed ‘“now zat iz what you call eh phet bast-ard!” (read with strong French accent.) This very British expression perfectly described the wine’s wonderful color and round, rich palate. So that’s what they called it.
I love their light-hearted approach which you don’t often get with French Wines. Mom and I both felt this was a nice smooth wine with very little acidity. The tannins were mellow and the wine isn’t dry at all. I like it a lot and we both agree we would pick up a bottle again. This Fat Bastard Shiraz sells for around $15 so you can enjoy a glass without spending fat cash. Another point on the plus side.