There are some nights when my family is going in different directions. This particular Friday night my daughter and I were meeting up with a dear friend who is a photographer to take spring senior pictures of my daughter in her cap and gown in a field of wildflowers. The pictures turned out great! So my husband and son were on their own for dinner. On the way home from the photo shoot I called my husband to tell him which wine to take out of the wine refrigerator and uncork while I stopped at a local restaurant to pick up some dinner.
Rusty Taco is a local chain that serves small, inexpensive tacos with big taste. This location is right by our house and it is always packed! I picked up a couple of tacos for my dinner and headed home. My daughter chose another dinner option so she went to Chick-Fil-A and brought back her favorite meal.
Cline Cellars 2012 Cashmere: The wine I asked my husband to open was Cline Cellar’s 2012 Cashmere. Cashmere meets the nose with strawberries, cherries and raspberries; on the palate the fruit is met with chocolate and a touch of mild pepper. It is a very easy drinking, enjoyable wine. I tested the 2012 Cashmere with many food pairings. First, I paired Cashmere with a Rusty Taco #5: slow cooked shredded brisket, topped with queso fresco, onions and cilantro. The brisket met very nicely with the Cashmere, pulling out a bit of the wines pepper and earthiness. Second, I paired Cashmere with a Rusty Taco #7: grilled mahi mahi, topped with chipotle creama, red cabbage and cilantro. The combination was not bad; however, the jalapeno spice of the creama undercut the bushel of fruit in the wine. The #7 would pair better with perhaps a sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or rose.
The absolute best pairing of the night came as a complete surprise! While my daughter ate at the dinner table her Chick-Fil-A strawberry milkshake sat on the kitchen counter. Truly without thinking I took a small sip of the milkshake then a drink of the Cline 2012 Cashmere! I am pretty sure the sky opened up and angels sang! I do not recall ever tasting such an explosion of strawberries! Without saying a word I picked up the milkshake and said to husband to give it a sip then immediately follow with a sip of the Cashmere. When he did his face lit up and he said Holy —- That is INCREDIBLE!
Cline Cellars 2012 Cashmere is an easy drinking wine that pairs quite well with most food, salmon, pork, grilled shrimp; however, if you are feeling adventurous try it with a strawberry milk shake! This wine drinks well on a week night or at a dinner party; therefore, I recommend you keep several bottles on hand for all occasions. Cashmere is a blend of 35% Mourvèdre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, and 18% Petite Sirah. The wine is aged for 6 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Cline Cellars 2012 Cashmere is widely available from local wine retailers; costing between $10 – $20 depending on where you find it. Cashmere is a great wine to have on hand, it will agree with many palates and matches well with a variety of foods. I encourage you to visit the Cline Cellars web site to learn more about the winery and see their portfolio of wines.
My song pairing: The song choice is so obvious and the title probably gives it away; the song I am pairing with the Cline Cellars 2012 Cashmere is Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles! The Beatles are absolutely my all-time favorite band! Any wine I pair with a Beatles song is a wine to buy and drink often! The song is about “strawberries” (ok, not really but just go with it) and drinking Cashmere is like being in a field of strawberries.
Get your own Cline Cellars 2012 Cashmere and let me know what song you would pair with it! Cheers!