Cherry Wine?

Recently, I picked up a bottle of Elephant Island Cherry (2007).  That’s right, a wine made from cherries rather than grapes.  In fact, all of Elephant Island’s products are made with fruits other than grapes.

I had heard good things through my interweb travels about this producer, so I decided I’d check them out.  Originally, I was looking for the Black Currant (2006), due to the good review in my Top 100 under $20 book, however, I found the 2007 Cherry and Black Currant at Aligra in West Edmonton Mall.  Intrigued by the Cherry, I opted for that bottle instead.  I also picked up a bottle of Moselland Riesling Avantgarde (I can’t recall the Vintage), mostly because the bottle was too cool looking not to buy.

Before I get back to the wine, I’d like to note the enjoyment I received from shopping at Aligra Wine and Spirits.  The individual that was working at Aligra was very helpful in helping me select a Scotch to purchase for my Dad for Father’s Day.  He hasn’t received it yet, so I can’t vouch for the reliability of the advice.  She did note that the bottle I did purchase was well received at the Scotch tasting they had a few days prior to my visit.

Anyway, the wine.  I’m really unsure what to think.  The first glasses I had was pretty average in my opinion.  It tasted like cherries.  I certainly wasn’t blown away.  The next day, I had a couple more glasses.  It was really tasty, I quite enjoyed drinking it.  So, perhaps the food pairing the first night wasn’t quite right, or the pairing on the second night was perfect.  I don’t really know.  Maybe it tastes better as it sits open in the fridge (which I doubt).  If you want to give something different a try, Elephant Island Cherry is definitely that.  I don’t think I’ll be buying another bottle of this one, but I’m definitely still on the prowl for their other offerings.

Also, I’ve posted a new recipie, Stuffed Pork Chops.  I hope you enjoy it, I certainly did.

Various Updates

I’ve got several differing updates today.

I’ve added some more wines to my cellar and I’ve added two of my favorite recipes:

I’ve also included some recommended sides and wine pairings with the recipes. Please let me know how the meal turns out for you if you give them a try.

Also, Darren and I have started up a new website for our little game design project. Dead Planet Creations is your new source of information for our game, Extinction: Zero Point.  We’re quite excited about the project, so check out the site for more updates.

Trying Something New

As I had indicated in yesterday’s post, I’m going to try and keep a list of wines (and recommendations) for you folks in internet land to use for reference.  I’ve also decided that since I quite enjoy food with my wine, I should try putting up some of my favorite recipies (except for the ones that Emily and I keep a secret!!!).

I’m also going to put up a list of games that I have, along with any thoughts about them.  I’m not sure what I’ll include and exclude, but I’m definately putting up my RPGs and Board Games.

I could put up all sorts of lists, but really, I think three is enough.

 So I hope that this information interests you as it is populated.  As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated!