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Today there are over 500 wineries in Napa alone that encompasses 45,000 acres and of that 18,200 acres dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon.
That is why I am always suggesting to my readers to take a chance and explore all that the world of wine has to offer.
Hunting for fine wine is great fun and when I find a wine like the Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, I get really excited. It is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 6% Petite Merlot and has aged 21 months in French Oak. Introducing wines such as these to my friends is an experience. The expression after a sip of great wine from one of my crystal glasses gives me pure pleasure.
This wine is sexy, exciting with complex dark berry flavors. Deep purple in color, the sweet incense leaves the glass to fill the senses. The wine has plenty of crème de cassis that is followed by licorice and mocha.
This wine does not need a supporting cast of food. It is a show unto itself.
However, I am going on the extreme side and creating a sauce for my Prime steak that is perfect for this wine. My ingredients are cherry preserves, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, fresh tomato sauce, and the best malt vinegar I can find; all equal proportions. Mix all the ingredients, place in a small pan and slowly watch it reduce until the sauce comes together. For the support side dishes I am roasting a tomato covered with Parmigiano-Reggiano and some delicate sautéed asparagus.
Of course, my favorite baker is going to create individual servings of Grand Marnier cake dipped in my favorite Lake Champlain 57% Dark Chocolate.
Speaking of exciting all the senses, this cake has an explosion of flavors with the Grand Marnier, vanilla, orange peel and dark chocolate.
Cyndie, can you make some homemade whipped cream too? PLEASE!
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