Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Cathedral Cellar Shiraz (2012)

Cathedral Cellar, part of the KWV portfolio in South Africa's Western Cape, brings us some wines that can help stretch your dollar in that search for the sweet spot of quality and value.  

This week SukasaStyle continues its value quest at the LCBO by reviewing a bottle of Cathedral Cellar Shiraz (2012 vintage)  (VINTAGES # 561142 | $15.95 - 750 ml). As a comparison if you hop across the border to Quebec you pay $19.00 for the 2011 VINTAGE (SAQ code :  00902429). 

LCBO Tasting Notes:
South Africa has been giving Australia a run for its money with shiraz for a few years. This very attractive example shows plenty of fruit and complexity, all harnessed to fresh acidity that contributes juiciness to the texture. It's dry, with easy-going tannins, and although it's young, it's ready to drink now and over the next three or four years. It represents very good value. Score - 4 Stars out of 5. (Rod Phillips, rodphillipsonwine.com, June 18, 2013)

SukasaStyle Tasting Notes:
The nose reminded us of a campfire and fruits and burnt cinnamon. Full bodied and smooth where a spicy palate is followed by tannins that were balanced with mild acidity. This is more of an homage to the syrah of Rhone than New World shiraz. It didn't require time to open up in our estimation and was equally palatable as a food or sipping wine.

Pairing: Try with lamb stew, kebabs, thick gourmet burgers, fajitas. Think of meat and pair with this.

Under the hood:
Conditions for the 100% syrah/shiraz 2012 vintage (as described by Cathedral Cellar winery) follow: 


Wine analysis

Rating: 4.5 / 5 SukasaStars
Quality Price Ratio: Excellent

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Curtis Stone is back with "Good Food, Good Life"

“Food has made all my dreams come true…But when I really hone in on what it is that I love most about food, it’s the really simple stuff like sitting around a dinner table sharing stories and celebrating occasions over really delicious home-cooked food, while showing a little love to the special people in my world.” 
~ Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone needs no introduction. The Australian chef, nicknamed “The Quiet Terminator” has one of the most recognizable faces on the food scene. And, why shouldn’t he. Look at him. But he’s more that just brains and brawn, he’s mastered the art of perfecting good wholesome simple food. After the success of his last book, What’s For Dinner, Curtis Stone returns with another cookbook, Good Food, Good Life. Why? Because he believes in just that: through tasty, well-cooked food prepared with fresh, quality, and seasonal produce you can have an incredible life.

He’s certain you’ll fall for the Chocolate Salted Caramel Kisses. And from his restaurant's to your table he brings you the recipe for Sesame Shrimp Toast. He mastered the art of making these at nineteen years of age while he was an apprentice in Melborne. He insists that this version of the recipe can be replicated by all levels of cooks. And that is good news indeed.

Now, bring on the Popcorn With Bacon And Parmesan and let’s get cooking.

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist for @BlinkCanada, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a book blog: sukasareads.com T: @SukasaReads)