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Take note of OneHope, a brand that aims to give back to different causes with the purchase of every wine bottle. I had the pleasure of meeting Jake Kloberdanz, the visionary behind the wine, who told me about his partnership with Robert Mondavi Jr., OneHope's various varietals, and the charitable efforts tied to each, from breast cancer to AIDS to a cause especially close to Jake's heart, autism.
My favorite? The light-bodied Merlot ($19), an almost fuchsia-hued treat that smelled of jalapeño peppers and evoked flavors of everything from jammy cherries to smoky cumin and green bell peppers. I was most shocked by its unlikely food pairing: a red gazpacho that brought out all the wine's fresh, light notes. It doesn't hurt that 50 percent of profits from each bottle go to AIDS/Lifecycle either. What do you think of OneHope and wines for charity in general?
Have you sipped any memorable Merlot recently?
- If you're at a loss over what to make for dinner, plan your meal around a bowl of rice. — Los Angeles Times
- Why chef Thomas Keller loves a less-than-perfect roast chicken, flaws and all. — Washington Post
- Is the whoopie pie the next cupcake? — New York Times
- It's time to reconsider drinking inexpensive Merlot. — Wall Street Journal
- Aquaculture proponents argue fish farms are the only way to meet America's increasing appetite for seafood. — Chicago Tribune
- You'll never guess which brand of frozen potstickers won a blind taste test. — San Francisco Chronicle
- Savor a sweet-and-sour Sicilian version of caponata. — Boston Globe
I must admit that I haven't really been drinking much Merlot these days. With so many bold Zinfandels and smooth Pinot Noirs out there, I didn't realize I was avoiding Merlot until I was invited to a tasting at my friend's wine shop. I was super surprised by all of the magnificent Merlots. A incredibly drinkable wine — I highly recommend you give merlot a second sip — here are my current favorite bottles.
A few weeks ago, I got an email asking about the meal that Matthew McConaughey prepares for Kate Hudson in the film, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I thought it would be a fun thing to look into, but I had actually never seen the film before. So imagine my surprise when I turned on my TV last week and that exact scene was on! I'm not sure what channel the TV was left on, but I could not believe the coincidence. During the scene, in case you haven't seen the movie, McConaughey prepares an elaborately beautiful roasted lamb with cherry glaze only to have Hudson declare she is a vegetarian. I know that she's trying to lose him, but anyone that could turn down such gorgeous food is crazy (especially since she wasn't really a vegetarian).
Now this recipe isn't an after work whip it up affair. But if you've got time and are trying to impress someone, then go ahead and give this recipe a try. For a delicious rack of lamb with a merlot glaze and cherry reduction sauce, read more