The MerlotMe website encourages wine lovers to "celebrate the greatness of Merlot throughout the month of October." So, we are. In addition, all of the #winePW bloggers were offered bottles of Merlot to try, taste, and pair for this event. Complimentary wine? You bet. I'm in.
Read the invitation here.
If you are reading this early enough, feel free to join in the #WinePW live Twitter chat on Saturday, October 9th at 8am Pacific time. Follow the hashtag and be sure to add it to anything you post so that we can see it in our stream. In the meantime, these posts will be live by chat time on Saturday...
- 2012 Ridge Estate Merlot + Reverse Sear Ribeye Steak by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
- Bonterra and Creamy Lasagna Soup by Our Good Life
- California Dreamin’ for #MerlotMe Month, Part I by My Full Wine Glass
- Celebrate #MerlotMe with a Wine that Hits the Mark by Supporting Veterans by Exploring the Wine Glass
- Experiments with Salmon and Merlot by Somm's Table
- Ground Beef and Kale Recipe with #MerlotMe Wine by Cooking Chat
- I Melt for Merlot and Chocolate by What's in That Bottle?
- Kicking off #MerlotMe with 2 Rutherford Hill Merlots and Decadent Burgers with Chocolate! by Crushed Grape Chronicles
- Merguez Sausages and a Debut #MerlotMe Wine from Gürbüz by The Quirky Cork
- Merlot with Chicken in a Mushroom Wine Sauce by Vino Travels
- #MerlotMe and Meaty Asian Sandwich by Chinese Food & Wine Pairings
- Mushroom Madness Paired with Merlot by Always Ravenous
- October Means #MerlotMe Paired With Instant Pot Bacon Mushroom Merlot Chicken by Wine Predator........Gwendolyn Alley
- One of the Oldest Foods on Earth + 2019 Bonterra Organic Merlot by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Tri-Tip Steak and Duckhorn, a #MerlotMe Classic by Food Wine Click!
- Won't You Please #MerlotMe? by A Day in the Life on the Farm
I already mentioned that artichokes are native to the Mediterranean. But the central coast of California, with its Mediterranean climate, accounts for nearly all of the artichoke crop in the United States with more than three-quarters of that being grown in Castroville which is less than fifteen minutes from where I live.
2010 was, for my family, the year of the artichoke. My husband submitted a painting for the Castroville Artichoke Festival and it was chosen as the festival's poster. In December 2009, he did a color study and settled on his subject; he decided to paint our older son, holding an artichoke.
A few weeks after Jake submitted his painting, the commission called and requested a meeting. And after almost three hours in a room with five people, Jake finally sent me a text message: I got it!
They loved his painting, but required some changes - he had to change the choke, from a summer choke to a harvest choke; he had to put some more details in the fields; and he needed to paint the lettering on the painting itself.
This was the official reveal of the painting that kicked off the season of festival promotion.
I love all the history behind the artichoke! I don't think I would have thought of this as a pairing for Merlot! Thanks for enlightening me! Also...the story of the painting and the painting itself are enchanting. (You have such lovely kitchen elves and a talented spouse!)ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing the story about the painting! What a lovely reason for you all to enjoy the artichoke so much. Congratulations - however belated it may be! - to Jake on this!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness Cam....what a great story. Jake did a great job and that win was well deserved!!!ReplyDelete
Great story and beautiful painting by hubby! You're brave to pair artichokes and Merlot. Good for you, though - original and creative.ReplyDelete
I'm a big fan of the artichoke and now even more so. Loved all your writing about the wine itself. I had the same and I learned from you.ReplyDelete
How fun to have had your husband paint your son for that festival poster! I too love artichokes but hadn't thought about pairing them with merlot.ReplyDelete
OH my gosh! THat is so incredible about the poster! He is so talented!!! And I adore artichokes! I am sooooo going to try this dish with another Merlot during #MerlotMe month.ReplyDelete
I really love the story of the artichoke painting! Very cool and it's a really beautiful painting ! How funny to occasionally see images of your son on other people's walls around town though.ReplyDelete
#artichokefan here! Very cool to have your husband 's painting commissioned for the artichoke festival with your son holding an artichoke! Did you buy lots of posters and t-shirts that year?ReplyDelete
Wow! What an honor to have the hubby's art featuring your son be the artichoke festival poster! Thanks for the history lesson. Actually reading Peter Hoffman's book has me more interested in the origins of food. Funny how we can associate a food with a place, and it didn't even originate there!ReplyDelete