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.