Category Archives: Olga Chinon

How Chinon Saved Lunch


Under the current circumstances, we have been ordering most of our groceries and household supplies from different sources.   Many of these sources are overwhelmed by the demand placed on them and some time the wrong items are sent. Michele ordered pork sausages with fennel but when they arrived they turned out to be chicken sausages with parsley and cheese.  Chicken sausages are usually beneath her consideration, but they were here and we were hungry, so Michele decided to cook them.

For an appetizer we had two different types of pecorino cheese, salami , taralli, and Italian “Air Bread”,  crisp crackers that Michele had come across at Eataly. 

The main course was the chicken sausages with sauteed peppers and red onions.  The  sausages  were  much  improved  by  the  peppers  and  together  with  the wonderful Chinon , it  was  a  good  meal.  

On the platter

On the plate  with  a crisp ciabatta  roll.

Chinon “Les Picasses” 1989 (Loire) Olga Raffault” Made from 100% Cabernet Franc. The soil is limestone and clay. The mid slope vines are at least 50 years old and are worked organically and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed and whole uncrushed berries are fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation and maceration lasts for 25 to 30 days depending on the vintage. The wine is aged for 2 to 3 years in oak and chestnut foudres of 30 to 50 HL. There is more aging in tank and bottle before release for about four years. This is a full bodied, structured and complex wine with hints of cherry, red and dark berries, a hint of smoke and a touch of meatiness.

For dessert, we had some homemade Wine Cookies with espresso.




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Three Pre- Birthday Celebrations with Wine and Food

The first celebration took place at the Oriental Gardens restaurant in New York Cities China Town

Soft Shell Crabs and they were fantastic!

We started with the Champagne Krug 1990  from the Krug Collection.

Then a fried sole with scallions.

Chablis Grand Cru just great

Puligny- Montrachet needs more time

1979 Chinon excellent

There was more food and wine but I got caught up in the eating and drinking.


Next on to La Pizza Fresca

We started with Krug NV

Then Chianti Classico 1971 Riserva Ducale from Ruffino

Pizza Margarita

Chateaueuf-du-Papes 1990 right on the money

Amarone 1967 Bertani

Pizza with Prosciutto

A young man waiting for his pizza


Next was Gastronomia Siciliana Norma

Buratta with arugula

Spaghetti with sea urchin (ricci di Mare) was fantastic

Chianti Classico 1996

Pizza with porchetta

Barolo 1989 – barolo at its best 1989 was a great vintage!




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