Nebbiolo – from Mexico

IMG_2009Yes you read that correctly.  On my second night Oaxaca I went to the famed Casa Oaxaca restaurant.  The chef Alejandro Ruiz  got his start at the hotel of the same name where I was staying, but got so successful he had to move to bigger digs.  Casa Oaxaca Restaurant has become an institution and Chef Ruiz is considered one of the top chefs in Latin American.

The night I went the place was packed, if you go make sure you get a seat on the rooftop terrace. What surprised me most of all about my experience here wasn’t the food it was the wine list.IMG_1423 Sure I knew there were a few Mexican wines, but I didn’t think they were much more than just basic red table wines.   Turns out I was very wrong.  The wine I had that night by the glass was so good I bought two bottle to bring home!  A Nebbiolo that was from a vineyard in Baja California (which sounds American but is actually in Mexico).  That was medium body, complex and delicious.  Turns our the folks at Astor Wines agree with me as I see they carry the 2008 vintage (I got 2009).  They describe it as being almost Zinfandel like, which makes me think fruit forward and heavy which is not my experience of the 2009, but hey I’m not wine expert, all I can tell you is try it for yourself, the next time you are making a Goat Mole for your friends, get a hold of some Mexican wine and have a real Mexican Feast wine and all.  IMG_2007

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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