Saturday, July 30, 2011

Revisited the 2009 Pedroncelli Red Wine, Sonoma County with a trio of home made pizzas tonight. This proprietary blend of (undisclosed percentages of) Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sangiovese continues to over-deliver in the $10 price range. I don't want to promise too much here, but the wine is a delicious package of spicy raspberry fruit with solid tannins and really nice acidity. According to the winery's website, it is aged in a combination of French and American oak, but I don't get any toasty, oaky notes on this wine. Finishes with a 14.4% kick of alcohol.

Two of the pizzas tonight were pretty standard: Italian sausage/mushroom and eggplant Parmesan. The third one tonight was a real masterpiece of locavore dining; if I must say so myself. The crust was brushed with just a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with shredded mozzarella cheese before being topped with paper-thin slices of garden fresh zucchini and dotted with bits of fresh goat cheese from the nearby Terabithia Farms. Their goat cheese (from Oberhasli goats) is amazing and unlike anything you'll ever get at a grocery store or cheese specialty shop. More like a mozzarella than chevre, the cheese has a dense, milky texture and peels apart just like a fresh ball of mozzarella. Even has that "squeaky," toothy texture to it. Melts brilliantly. Just fantastic!

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