Month: July 2020

Sarah says….

September 5th, 2020 Baker City, OR

Spiceology PIZZA Cheese Blend $ 15.95 The kids loved it sprinkled on popcorn – great pizza flavor! Will definitely be adding a sprinkle to quesadillas-mad & cheese and anywhere ele that good tomatoey-basil-cheesy flavor can go.

Sarah, Salts and Some Fine Fleurie

Domain Haute Moliere Fleurie Beaujolais ’13 $ 17.95 Light smooth red from the Beaujolais region – 100% Gamay! Crisp, bright cherry fruit with earthiness and a slightly smoky finish. Delicate body but full of flavor. Perfect picnic wine- keep summer as long as you can and think SALAMI, CHEESE and chicken salad sandos : )

Jacobsen Black Garlic Salt $ 11.95 Oregon harvested kosher sea salt infused with black garlic. This finishing salt adds a sweet, earthy flavor to ALL the meats and vegetables. *** Fun Fact: Black garlic is the result of the Maillard reaction- that is, heating bulbs of garlic over low heat over the course of several weeks to create super- UMAMI rich black cloves.

August 1st, 2020
Dos Fincas Cabernet/Malbec 2017 $ 14.95 A classic Argentine blend with strong cherry and oak notes with unsweetened cocoa on the finish. Dark, earthy and dry – a good wine for red meats or game.

Cono Sur (organic) Bicicleta Reserva Carmenere 2017 $ 12.95 Nice value red wine for summertime and backyard drinking! Raspberry and cherry with a green chile note on the finish. Clean and soft finish- perfect during warm weather! This grape variety originated in Bordeaux, France and has become the dominant variety in Chile.

Inkarri Bonarda 2016 $10.95

Organic and biodynamique, this 100% Bonarda is tart and fruity with blueberry, black tea and cranberry notes. Would go well with a classic red sauce Italian pasta dish, or with red meats. Very food friendly, like Mencia -and would probably go anywhere a Mencia would go!

HellaHot Hot Sauce Techno Destructo Garlic Death Grip $9.95

Great garlic flavor and serious heat from habaneros, jalpenos and chipotles. Made in small batches with NO preservatives in California. Great on breakfast burritos – pizza – pasta – anything really!

WINNER – 2019 Fiery Food Challenge

Hedge Rose Calypso Beans $ 5.95

The *PLUMPEST* beans ever. I enthusiastically recommend these! Grown by Hedge Rose Farm – a small, draft horse powered, diversified farm sustainably producing vegetables, fruits and meat in Halfway, OR. BELLA stocks several varieties of beans and currently has garlic scapes from Hedge Rose Farm.

Viu Manent Reserva Malbec 2018 $ 10.95

This wine is a safe bet for a BBQ-friendly red – a crowd pleaser for sure. Berries and cherries with notes of warm raisins and chocolate. Light, refreshing acia and soft tannins.

Spiceology/Derek Wolf Jalapeno Lime Pilsner Rub $ 15.95

Rubbed this on chicken, roasted the chicken, shredded the chicken, then sprinkled on MORE of the rub. Put the spicy shredded chicken on tortillas with cilantro, onion and lime. I see lots of possiblilities with this blend. Before (as a rub) and after cooking (as a spice!)

Spiceology Greek Freak $ 13.95

confession: I am currently adding the Greek Freak to everything I make with reckless abandon. Roasted vegetables with Greek Freak. ANY meat with Greek Freak. Add it to made from scratch Ranch Dressing . I dream of putting it in teh next caramelized onion dip I made for the next BBQ I’m invited to…. just sayin’.

The Berglund Report

the brew news…

Pfriem Flanders Blonde $11.95

Pfriem shines when it comes to Flemish style ales. This beer is aged 18 months in Pinot Noir barrels which shines throught with delicate notes of French oak. Aroma-wise- it gives a unique buttery, pineapple, granny smith apple combo. Very mild sour with balanced sweetness. Super impressive

Pfriem Druif Rougem $14.95

More Pinot Noir action from Pfriem! The base of this concoction is a lambic (inspired) ale (already aged in Pinot Noir barrels) blended with Pinot Noir grapes. The grae/grain combo is something that these guys do masterfully. Pours shockingly Ruby Red with a stiff, billowy head. Big classic Bretto-funk well supported by a kiwi, melon sour. Well worth the money!!

last but certainly not least…

Deschutes The Abyss 2019 Reserve $ 19.95

Exceptional beer. Not surprised. The consistensy of The Abyss has made this beer so critically acclaimed and sought after that when my first thought as I took a sip was “Ah… that’s Abyss”, I knew they had done it once again. The bouquet is BUSY with dark malt, dried fruit and bourbon heat. Tastes smoky with roasted malt dominant with licorice and cocao. Can’t wait to write the same good review again next year.

and then we turn to the grapes…

Time Waits for No One Monastrell 2017 $ 16.95

Wow! Now I finally understand Monastrell. Very fruit forward, with lots of spice and coffee. Very bold and jammy, almost thick on the palate. This Spanish red woule be absolutely delightful with smoked red meat or wild game. Not for the faint of heart but worth the challenge.

Garage Wine co. Pais 215 BC 2018 $ 23.95

Such a nerdy wine! My first 100% Pais wine (to my knowlege!) The 215 BC name relates to the fact that the Pais grape was around 215 years BEFORE CABERNET. Very spicy and rich with hints of star anise and cardamom. Super easy to drink with a great tannin/acid balance. I think I’m in love.

If you’d like to know more about this very tiny ‘natural’ winemaker check out this link.

Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta ‘Futurosa’ Rosato 2017 $ 16.95

This rose’ was exactly what I wanted on a warm summer evening. Refreshing with a red berry crispness. Equal parts Barbera and Merlot, with a 24 hour period of skin contact for richer color than many rose’ wines gives this wine fine, intense notes of strawberries. This wine went wonderfully with my earthy garlic scape pesto pasta.

Terrapin Cellars Pinot Noir 2017 $ 16.95

Incredible value for Oregon Pinot Noir! I picked up a lot of spice notes… black pepper, cinnamon, maybe even white pepper. Heavy cherry and black currant flavors with a light lavender florality! Lots of subtle layers, it really kept me thinking! Pair this Pinot Noir with freshly caught Pacific NW fish fro a match made in heaven.