Kenneth Volk Merlot Paso Robles 2006
One of the things that our wine expert, Ed the Prince of Pau Hana, has been working really hard at doing is dialing up the variety and selection of our wines.
We've had many discussions about finding wines that may not be found in your typical grocery store and drink at a quality level three times the price you pay.
He's recently gone about and reset many of our stores, and one of my favorites that I really think you red wine lovers should try is Kenneth Volk Merlot 2006 from the Paso Robles region of California.
Now, I know that many of you may have seen the movie "Sideways" and have sort of dismissed merlot, but I gotta tell you, merlot is coming back with a vengance... And, you still have to pay homage to the fact that is it one of the Bordeaux varietals.
Here's the why you should drink it....
It's simply delicious. And yes, it comes from a great region in California and from a great wine maker!
I know I could tell you it is deeply pigmented with aromas of plum, baked berries with a hint of white pepper... That it is comfortable and smooth and shows even balance and is perfect to drink now... but that would be a bunch of wine speak...
Bottom line is this wine is relaxing without losing any character and is perfect for steaks, rich fatty fish like salmon, or just sitting out and sipping by itself.
Right now, I've seen Ed pricing it at $12.99 but I tell you, it really drinks like a $20+ bottle of wine.
Recently, I was asked about an item we offer in our Weekly Ad. The item was Rib Tips. A customer wanted to know what they were and where they came from.
First off, to make sure we are on the same page, the rib tip we are referring to comes from pork.
Now onto the specifics.
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I was browsing this week's ad and something caught my eye... ground pork. My mouth immediately started watering when I started to think about making some pork hash for dinner.
Here's my quick recipe that I'm making this weekend!
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