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Wine Pairing Wednesday – Tailslide Pinot Noir

It’s no secret that I enjoy a good Pinot Noir. You may not believe this, but I used to have a total aversion to red wine of any kind. I used to think it was so bitter, and just not pleasant. I liked the sweetness and mild flavors of a good white or a blush. Never a red! That was until I decided to try a Pinot Noir at the urging of a waiter at a very nice restaurant. I asked him what he recommended to go with my red meat entrée. When he recommended the Pinot Noir, I explained to him that I am not a fan of red wine. So he brought me a sample, and that’s the end of that story.

These days I do try new reds, and I do like a lot of them. Nothing beats a good Pinot Noir though. It’s my favorite. It has a nice balance between not too bitter, and not too sweet. Perfectly balanced. This is exactly why it’s my favorite wine hands down. There is a such thing as a bad Pinot Noir though. It all depends on what vineyard it came from.

The Pinot Noir I bring you today is not one of those bad ones. Oh heaven’s no! I wouldn’t bring you a wine I didn’t like. Tailslide has produced a beautiful Pinot Noir. Tailslide is a California wine. Folks, I can’t say this enough, but in my opinion, the best wines in the United States tend to come from the West Coast. Maybe I’m biased because I originated from Washington state, I’m not sure. It’s possible!

Once you pop the cork on a bottle of this wine, you can immediately pick up on the inviting aromas of mixed berry and cherry blossoms. Pour a glass, and you can see it has rich, beautiful ruby red color. And  yes, that’s my Owen Valley Winery glass. This however is not an Owen Valley Winery wine. I’ll be introducing them at a later time. It just happens to be one of my favorite wine glasses. 😂 This, like other Pinot Noir I’ve tried and loved, is dry yet fruity. Very silky and smooth. It has exactly the perfect balance.

According to some looking around Google, this particular wine pairs well with Meatloaf and Lasagna. Pretty laid back stuff! In fact, it even has a lovely laid back price. You can find this wine from anywhere between 6.99 – 8.99 a bottle. I got mine at Aldi for 6.99. It was their red of the month.  This of course doesn’t mean you can’t dress this up and make it special. Pinot Noir to me, is special. I don’t pair it with things like Meatloaf and Lasagna. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

So what do I pair it with? Well, this particular one, I paired it with a beautifully grilled 28juicy NY strip steak. In fact I have the recipe for you. It’s called Jack’s Ultimate Steak Marinade. Thanks again to Stephanie over at Plain Chicken for yet another incredible recipe. Now, before you go rushing over to get the recipe, I made some very minor changes.

For the red wine called for in the recipe, I did NOT use the Pinot Noir I am featuring here. I used the Cabernet Sauvignon from a box I told you all about a few Wine Wednesdays ago. Stephanie’s recipe also calls for Prime Beef Fillets, which I bet was incredibly amazing! I used Ribeye for my hubby and kids because that’s their favorite cut, and I used NY Strip for myself. That’s all I changed! This marinade is truly incredible, and pairs perfectly with Tailslide Pinot Noir.

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of my beautiful steaks, because for whatever reason they came out all blury! I was sad. But it’s ok because Steph takes better photos anyway. I hope you all enjoy Jack’s Ultimate Steak Marinade and have a chance to pair it with Tailslide Pinot Noir!

***I am in no way being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.***


Wine Pairing Wednesday

Before I get too far into this, let me quickly just say, that I am in no way being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. Now lets get to the wine!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you, my all time favorite wine. Straight from Willamette Valley, Oregon which is just on the other side of the Columbia River from my hometown of Vancouver, Washington, I bring you…. Kings Ridge!

This delicious Oregon Pinot Noir is a light bodied red and pairs very well with soft cheeses. Another one of my favorites to pair with this beautiful red wine, is lamb chops. Most light bodied reds go best with poultry, but for this particular one, I personally say lamb chops and any red meat. Kings Ridge Pinot Noir is fancy for any special occasion, yet still very affordable. I’ve seen it anywhere from $15.00 – 18.00 a bottle.

Kings Ridge Pinot Noir is as unique as it’s birthplace. Made with Willamette Valley Fruit, it has a red berry aroma and flavor, such as cherry, raspberry and floral flavors.  Next time you sit down to a special dinner of lamb chops, or just feel like sharing a bottle with a special friend along with some soft cheeses, like Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert, Havarti, Emmental, Gruyère, and Jarlsberg, grab a bottle of Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, and enjoy!