My Dad’s B-day Night

I found myself at the grill (gas) again last night. This time at my parent’s house. It was my dad’s birthday celebration and we gathered for family, food and wine. My dad’s favorite food is red meat. So, naturally, we grill up a tri-tip….

This delectable piece of meat was marinated in a whiskey / apple cider brine for about 3 hours prior to grilling. Yum!

We also had some twice-baked potatoes and grilled corn to go along with it….

If there was a theme to the party, it was “Up”. Based on the relatively recent Pixar movie. My dad says he identifies a lot with Mr. Fredrickson.

My sister  baked these “Up-cakes”….

Pretty cool idea, I thought. And how does this tie into wine? I always ask myself the best questions!

Everything always does eventually get back to wine. This wine, Arrowood’s Cote de Lune Rouge is a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM) blend that comes from John Lasseter’s vineyard. Who’s John Lasseter? Well, he’s the producer of the movie Up. Pretty cool tie-in, I thought. It’s also a great summer red to go with all sorts of culinary delights coming off the grill. Go figure!

Never heard of a GSM? This blend originated in France’s Southern Rhone region. The most commonly known area would be Chateneuf-du-Pape. But, it’s Australia which has made this blend famous. For me, it falls nicely between a Pinot Noir and a Merlot. The ones from California and France are usually on the lighter side of red wines, while those from Australia tend to pack more of a punch.

I really recommend that you explore this blend, and the grapes the comprise it. These wines have become a staple in my cellar and for good reason. They’re easy to drink (both on their own and with food), they have interesting aromas and flavors and they take you out of the normal Pinot, Merlot and Cabernet varietals we all know well.

Oh, and my dad and I are huge whiskey fans too. So, we had to finish the night with a couple of fingers of Clontarf Irish Whiskey.

Happy Birthday Dad!


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