Here is what we decided to pair with today’s dinner– Strip-Loin Steak.
Today’s Pick – Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon
The Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine produced in California and made from grapes grown across California and Oregon. Depending on the vintage, the wine may be from different AVAs (American Viticultural Area). It is a full-bodied and intense wine that features flavors of cedar, prune, licorice, herbs, and oak toast. It has supporting tannins and supple acidity, making it a crowd-pleasing wine that pairs well with grilled stuffed peppers or gourmet burgers with caramelized onions. The wine is available for purchase at various retailers, including Target and LCBO. The price was $22.95 for the bottle in Canada. (sources: Nolandalla, Wine Searcher, LCBO, Target).
Ada— This wine is dreamy. I could drink it every day. It’s a little outside of my usual price point but it is worth it.
Rick— Cab-Sauvs are often too bold for me, but I like my steak heavily spiced (see last paragraph).
This was a really pleasant surprise. The Godfather of wine has made a masterpiece in wine. This was really good – I highly recommend it. Smooth. Full bodied but rounded. I have to add to my favorites. It’s worth the money.
Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon Taste Profile
Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon is known for being a full-bodied wine with rich flavors of dark fruit such as blackberry, cassis, and plum. The wine may also have notes of oak, vanilla, and spice, which come from the oak barrels in which it is aged. Depending on the vintage, the wine may have a long, smooth finish with well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity. Overall, Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and flavorful wine that pairs well with hearty meals such as steak, lamb, or pasta with a rich tomato sauce. (sources: Honest Wine Reviews, Francis Ford Coppola Winery)
|Color||Deep red or purple hues|
|Aromas||Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, cherry, and other dark fruits; hints of cedar, tobacco, and oak from aging in barrels|
|Palate||Rich and concentrated fruit flavors with pronounced Cedar, Prune, Licorice|
|Oak Influence||Substantial oak influence with vanilla, spice, and toasted notes from oak aging|
|Acidity||Moderate to high, providing freshness and balance|
|Tannins||Medium to high, giving the wine structure and aging potential|
|Finish||Long, with lingering fruit and oak flavors|
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is a winery located in Geyserville, California, in Sonoma County. It was founded by the legendary Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola in 2006. The winery features a variety of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel, among others. The winery also offers a range of experiences, including tastings, tours, and culinary events. Visitors can explore the winery’s museum, which features memorabilia from Coppola’s films, or dine at Rustic, Francis’s Favorites, the winery’s restaurant. The winery is also known for its large swimming pool, which is available for use by guests during the summer months. The winery has won numerous awards for its wines, including the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (sources: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Visit California, Tales From The Collection)
What exactly is a Strip-loin steak?
A Striploin steak, also known as New York Strip steak, is a popular and flavorful cut of beef taken from the short loin of the animal. It is known for its tenderness, marbling, and rich beefy flavor. The striploin is located along the back of the cow, next to the ribeye, and above the tenderloin (filet mignon).
The steak gets its name from the “strip” of muscle that runs along the bone, which is surrounded by a generous amount of fat marbling, enhancing its taste and tenderness. The bone-in version is sometimes called a “bone-in strip steak,” and when the bone is removed, it becomes a “boneless strip steak.”
Striploin steaks are generally thicker and wider than other cuts like ribeye or filet mignon, making them ideal for grilling, pan-searing, or broiling. When cooked to the desired level of doneness, striploin steaks are juicy, flavorful, and have a satisfying meaty texture.
Rick likes his steak done medium, so still pink in the middle and drowned in HP sauce and Tobasco. Me, I like mine well done and maybe some Keg Sauce… maybe not.