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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

On 1:04 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
Monday is my day off, and I took some time to braise some lamb shanks. Very simple, just some onion and garlic, dried herbs. I used vermouth and veal stock (from Penzey's concentrate) as the braising liquid. After browning the shanks and blending the other ingredients, the pot went into the oven, covered, for 2 hours. After the 2 hours, it was uncovered, the temperature was raised and the shanks were allowed to brown as the sauce concentrated. The sauce was strained and stored separate from the lamb.

Last night we had one of my wife's co-workers over for dinner. The lamb shanks were reheated in a slow oven for a couple of hours (just made them more tender) with the sauce poured over them. It was very successful.

While we were chatting over cheese and crackers, I served the Langmeil Three Gardens GSM 2005. As you would expect, it was full of ripe fruit, with some baking spice is reserve. I found it to be pretty elegant for what it is - more typical for Australia would be something more like raspberry jam than the fresh raspberry found here. I didn't look at the reviews before I bought it, but I had heard good things about the winery and hadn't tried any. This one seems to have scored well with just about everyone - 91 from Spectator, 90 each from Parker and Tanzer. Just a few left, though, then we're on to the next vintage.

With dinner, I served a 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape from, Domaine de Bois Dauphin Clos des Pontifes. I tasted this one before I bought it for the store, and I loved it then. It's just better now. Plenty of fruit, just a hint of oak, lots of herbs, with rich leathery notes on a very long finish. This one was just delicious. The garrigue - herbs de Provence - matched perfectly with the seasoning for the lamb. The mild acidity of the wine - really well balanced - cut through the richness of the braised lamb wonderfully. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal.


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