Just found a little terrific Perubian restaurant in Carrollwood , Florida called Terra Sur. Thanks to some good friends…My style.
It has your traditional Spanish Perubian fare such as Octopus, Shrimp, Clams with baked cheese, Chicharron de Calamar, Lomo, Beef Tenderloins, Tapas… rice dishes, the whole 9 yards.
To me the best part is the winelist which includes wines from California like Plumpjack, Justin, Austin Hope, Peju, Provenance and a slew of others Spanish and Argentinian at a good price point. If you like wine with your grilled meats; this is the place. Plus, the staff is always talking up the wine offering a taste hear or there.
Not to mention that next door is a Cafe owned by the same people which is more bistro than restaurant and it’s worth trying as well.
It’s definitely a place you can go to several times for pairing…mixing and matching food and wine.
Terra Sur is located at 5358 W Village Drive Tampa ,FL 33624
I like it.
A friend asked me to put together a wine list and this is what I did. Enjoy the list and happy searching.
A list by Wine Correspondent Ralph Del Rio of Great Red Wines to be on the lookout for $25 and under… with a few exceptions.
I was asked by a friend to put together a list of red wines, short of notes, that I thought were a good buy to put in his wine cellar. The idea is to come up with some age-worthy wines under $25. So I took a crack at it and while I was putting the list together I realized that there were a lot of great wines on this list. These wines not only are great to drink today but could go 4-5 years and maybe a whole lot more. I hope you enjoy this shopping list. I have had the opportunity to taste all of these wines wines It is 2016 and these are the wines to be on the lookout for. The majority are available for under $25 and under. There are a few exceptions because I wanted to get some very tasty French wines on this list…all wines are under $40
It is 2016 and these are the wines to be on the lookout for. The majority are available for under $25 and under. There are a few exceptions because I wanted to get some very tasty French wines on this list…all wines are under $40
Good Luck, Enjoy and Happy Shopping!
Unlike water, wine always has an aftertaste, a finish – however long or short. ‘The Wine Finish’… Let’s try to explain a few things about it!
Yet, there is an equal amount if not more folks liking lower tannin wines that do not elicit such an astringent mouthfeel such as Pinot Noir and Malbec.
Let’s try to explain a few things about it!
Five Top Red Wine Values under $20 – that are Big and Bold; that Drink 3 to 5 times their Cost – A Special Report by Wine Correspondent Ralph Del Rio
Every now and then I jot down some of my favorites values; especially when they knock your socks off! Here are 5 wines that are ridiculously good. They are big tasty wines. Decant if you like…but not necessary. All of them are delicious on their own or with a hearty meal, stew or grilled meats. Try them today, they won’t disappoint.
Let’s start by saying that in Bordeaux, Practically all Wines are Blended. Many do not Consider the Fact and would be Surprised…
Let’s start by saying that in Bordeaux, practically all wines are blended. Those who know…know that. Many do not and would be surprised.
So let’s talk a little French Bordeaux…
Also, the left bank is the place where the original ‘Classified Growths’ are…so they want to optimize the area, to say the least.
Malbec grapes originated in France and play the starring role in the wine production of Argentina. The flavors and aromas of wines made from Malbec grapes include dark blackberry, black pepper, cherry, plums, and chocolate. Other characteristics of Malbec wines include inky-black coloring, soft or high tannins, and high acidity. It can be chewy too. It’s earthy and is great with pizza or pasta with tomato sauce, barbeque pork, roasted meats, Asian and spicy foods.
Malbec grapes are reasonably small, very dark, and juicy. Monitoring the fruit on the vines is important to ensure good concentration of flavors. Luckily, the Argentine wine industry’s almost 100% reliance on irrigation, it almost never rains, which gives the winemakers the tools they need to improve quality of the fruit.
Yet, Malbec is fairly sensitive to its climate. In cooler conditions and in Mendoza, which means in the higher the altitudes, it makes it a thick-skinned grape which develops high acidity and tannic content, leading to more robust wines. At lower the altitudes the grapes have much thinner skins, a lot more more juice, and make wines that are light-bodied and better for drinking young.
Malbec was initially one of the minor blending varieties of red Bordeaux, it now accounts for a very small percentage of local production. But its real home now is just about totally in Argentina, where after about 100 years of cultivation it has come into its own both as a pure varietal, and also gets blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
As a varietal in Argentina is where Malbec flourishes and produces both complex wines and also wines of softer tannins and strong fruit flavors. I urge you to keep these in mind and enjoy these regularly for some great values and also while having some good tasty food. Some of my favorites are the 2009 LaMadrid, the 2009 Pascual Toso, the rich and supple 2008 Trapiche (Jorge Miralles Single Vineyard), the 2008 Bodega Norton Reserva and the any of the last 2 or 3 vintages of the Norton blend called Privada.