HB&B Blog — Red wine

Wine & Food Killers: Brothy Braised Lamb Shanks and Noodles with Mas Foulaquier Les Indiennes 2018

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Wine & Food Killers: Brothy Braised Lamb Shanks and Noodles with Mas Foulaquier Les Indiennes 2018

When I started writing this column, the January blues were crashing into spiralling COVID-19 case numbers and deeper lockdowns, but I took hope from the fact that there is surely light at the end of the tunnel. I set out to write about how, in the absence of other options (and with the awareness of the privilege of having dependable shelter and enough food and income right now), it is best for us all to slow down and find relief in warming, home-cooked food and a good bottle of wine and a blanket nest on the sofa. That was the...

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Wine & Food Killers: Pumpkin, Mushroom and Ricotta Pie with Gentle Folk Village Pinot Noir 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Pumpkin, Mushroom and Ricotta Pie with Gentle Folk Village Pinot Noir 2019

In my early days of learning about wine, Pinot Noir intrigued me from the start. There was its fickleness, its delicacy: thin-skinned Pinot is sublime in good years, but can be easily destroyed by early frosts, hail or other inclement conditions. For many winemakers, it's a heart-breaker. And it happens to make the kind of wine I like most of all: relatively light-bodied, glittering, vibrant with red fruit characteristics, silkily tannic. Pinot Noir is often described as having cherry and floral notes, though it is perhaps most distinguished by its forest floor character. I love “forest floor because it sounds,...

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Wine & Food Killers: Slow-Roasted Pork Belly and Rhubarb and Herbs with Ruth Lewandowski Feints 2018

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Wine & Food Killers: Slow-Roasted Pork Belly and Rhubarb and Herbs with Ruth Lewandowski Feints 2018

The world is short on joy right now. Even basic tasks – going grocery shopping, picking up a bottle of wine, cooking dinner – are freighted with anxiety and uncertainty. But this week, as the reality of long-term quarantine is sinking in (and as I finally have my senses of smell and taste back after a run-in with COVID-19), I feel fired up. I want to do everything I can to support local businesses – from bottle shops like Hop Burns & Black to neighbourhood greengrocers and independent butchers – as they fight to stay afloat. In the face of...

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Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

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Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

I’m always looking for ways to do the holidays differently. Ham is predictable. Turkey – unless it’s deep-fried – can be dry and disappointing. Roasting beef to everyone’s specifications is enough to trigger a Christmas Day meltdown. But beef short ribs – especially short ribs that are given an East Asian cast by way of soy sauce, ginger and star anise, and which you can put in a pressure cooker and ignore – are an alternative worth investigating. Yes, I’ve joined the legion of Instant Pot devotees on the internet. Before getting one of my own, I scorned it for...

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Natural Wine Killers: Bellotti Semplicemente Vino Rosso 2016 (Italy)

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Natural Wine Killers: Bellotti Semplicemente Vino Rosso 2016 (Italy)

Piedmont is probably the most consistently premium wine region in Italy. Spread over rolling hills between Turin and Genoa, it is one of the few regions in Italy where most wines are produced following traditional DOC or DOCG rules and there are no regional IGT wines. Regions like Barolo and Barbaresco are famous for their robust, long-lived wines, which are aged for several years in barrel, requiring time to mellow. Although Barolo and Barbaresco producers may produce more accessible red wines, they tend to be polished, often with plenty of sweet oak. These are serious wines, often with serious prices....

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