|Given our limited, though thoughtfully selected, Domestic Wine section, TWH tends to rarely carry multiple offerings from a single winery at any given time. Yes, there are exceptions, but they are just that. In the case of Odisea Wine Company, their offerings are so eclectic, varied and delicious it is agonizing to choose just one red and one white to put on our shelf, and so we refuse to comply with such a restrictive self-imposed rule. At present, we have SIX different wines from Odisea Wine Company in inventory. Rather than describe all six, I’d like to shine a spotlight on the 2009 Veritable Quandary Red as I believe this wine beautifully demonstrates the skilled blending ability winemaker Adam Webb possesses that results in plush, fruit-driven wines that also showcase depth and personality.
Last summer I had an obsession with stuffed summer squash. This year I have abandoned the stuffed squash for a casserole layering thinly slices of zucchini, or any other summer squash, in place of what would traditionally be pasta…a sort of zucchini lassagne if you will. This is my comfort food. It is a perfect opportunity to integrate any fresh herb-y thing growing in your summer garden and with my cooking skills, or lack thereof, no two casseroles ever come out the same. For this type of dish, I look for wines that are equally comforting, ones that have plenty of plush fruit with no hard edges like the 2009 Veritable Quandary. This week’s zucchini casserole had a ton of pungent fresh basil that gloriously matched the Veritable Quandary’s note of eucalyptus…super tasty!
I should mention that this month’s Dirty Dozen includes the 2009 Veritable Quandary–so why not take advantage of the additional savings that our beloved, popular sampler affords? As those indoctrinated into the ways of the Dirty Dozen already know: this is one of the best wine deals in town!