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Rating: 4/5

Braised Elk steaks with a rub of pepper and sage with a cranberry chutney drizzled over it.  A side of brown rice with boiled acorn squash and cooked cranberries thrown in.

Wine: Yoakim Bridge Merlot 2007

Notes: I really need to figure out how to give wild game a little more juice after they come off the heat. The next experiment will be to re-inject some of the juices the meat is cooking in back into the meat as it cooks.  Outside of that, this was another great meal for the fall.  Hunted game (read: ultra-manly, except that someone else did the hunting) with a suitable side and matched with a wine from one of my current favorite wine producers out of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma.  I’m really digging the combo of using sage on meats and having a great merlot.


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Very exciting day!  I just picked up a delivery of 6 bottles from Yoakim Bridge Winery out in Sonoma.  This was one of my favorite vineyards on Dry Creek Road.  These two wanted to start a small vineyard that produced great wine and they did it.  For those of you not in the know, Dry Creek Road is one of the “wine roads” in Sonoma that leads from Healdsburg, CA to Lake Sonoma.  If you want some fantastic Zinfandel, try it from Sonoma.  My preference leans towards the stuff coming out of the Dry Creek Valley, but I may be biased since I haven’t been to the others yet.

Great quote from the winemaker after he took my info for their wine club: “OK, well I’m going to go back into the field now.”  That’s how I like it!

2 bottles of Merlot

2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon

2 bottles of Zinfandel (of course!)

Beautiful labels too.  Pairings will come in due time.  May be a couple of years if I can wait that long for the Cabernet.

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