What a great dinner tonight. A couple of weeks ago, Terry Brandborg from Brandborg Winery and Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley of Central/Southern Oregon sent me a bottle of his 'nouveau' Pinot Noir (Elkton-Villages). I was excited to try it, and after the Xmas break, finally had a chance to uncork it. Elise and I grilled some spicy Walkerswood jerk chicken, to which Elise brilliantly added a yogurt tzatziki sauce, which a little MN wild rice on the side. What a great, fruity young Pinot. I'd happily take it over an overly carbon-dioxide infused Nouveau Beaujolais Villages. I'm not sure what it would retail for if you could find it (they only made 40 cases), but I'm guessing it would be under $20. It was juicy, with fresh red fruit, just a hint of raisin and a touch of cinnamon spice. Pretty hard to put down, to tell you the truth...
My friends call me Tim Skyscraper, mostly because they can't pronounce my real last name. When I was 21, I scored a job in a wine and spirits shop, started writing and never stopped.
More recently, I have contributed articles about wine to the San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, The Wine News, Tasting Panel, The Wave, Cooking Pleasures, Wines & Vines, Vineyard and Winery Management and other wine and spirits publications.
I spend a lot of time thinking about food and music. I do not consider myself to be a wine snob, but I plead guilty to being an unbearable snob when it comes to music.