Saturday, February 26, 2011

2008 Alpha Box & Dice "Tarot" Grenache

I've already blogged about this wine a couple of times so I won't bore you with the details again. To put it bluntly, if you haven't taken advantage of the greatest value in the history of wine (The 2008 Alpha Box & Dice Tarot Grenache, Australia) yet, it's your loss. I've given you all the information you need about the abundant raspberry jam, vanilla bean and coffee you get for $12 or so. Nothing new to report here. Just buy some and enjoy it. You can thank me tomorrow.

Dinner was grass-fed lamb loin chops that I coated in mustard and then rolled in panko bread crumbs spiked with an assortment of herbs and spices. Tip of the cap to fellow WCWNer Gordon Drake for the inspiration for this one. The chops were served on top of a roasted red pepper risotto.

And is it just me, or are grass-fed meats overrated? We've been buying some of our meat from a local CSA for a good while now and I just don't think it stacks up very well against USDA prime beef or even those delicious racks of lamb you can buy at Costco for $15. There's certainly a lot of meaty/gamy flavor in grass-fed beef and lamb, but the texture really leaves a lot to be desired as it's very tough. I chalk this up to the lack of fat and marbling. I'm sure it's healthier, but it just doesn't deliver on texture and tenderness. Sorry, but I'm going with the (relatively) mass-produced stuff here.


  1. I bought some of this before I found your blog. Really I bought it for the bottle art, as I never heard of it before. I made beef tenderloins, with a red wine sauce made from Lost Angel Mischief 2006. We a cheese tray appetizer with some cheddars, blue cheese on endives and other cheeses that my wife likes. She made potato leek soup. I don't know anything beyond red with beef, white with fish but I wanted to try my new wine with the death card on it. I can smell a hint of coffee, and taste what reminds me of this piece if raspberry cheesecake that I had one night sitting on the gallery of a New Orleans restaurant. I am happy to have this wine and I will buy some more. Not everyone at dinner liked it but that just means I get more of it. I love your blog and will certainly try some of the wines you mention.

  2. Thanks for the kind words, Adoka. I appreciate your support. Glad you enjoy the AB&D Tarot as much as I do. If it evokes a memory like the one you mention, then it's doing its job!

  3. Weather you are getting lamb, beef or any meat I say to go with grass fed! I prefer it because is healthy for you and the environment. I have come across some delicious and healthy beef... Even though I work with them I have to say if you are looking for healthy grass fed beef - Look no further =CONCATENATE("",E73,"") Delicious and healthy!