Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v04n20)
The Wine Scene - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: Oct. 05, 2007
Do Good Drink Better
If you like red wine or white wine or doing some easy yet important charity work, then this is your month.
Two Brothers Big Tattoo winery donates to local breast cancer research 50 cents from each bottle of its wine (the scrumptious Syrah, robust Red and frisky/fun White) sold. So that donation from 2 Brothers wine sold in Indiana STAYS in Indiana.
Two Brothers Alex and Erik are winemaker and tattoo artists-hence the name. Their late mother Liliana inspired the Fleur de Lis found on all 2 Brothers Big Tattoo wines. She died of breast cancer and received intense care from hospice folks before her passing. The boys decided a few years ago to give money back and, boy, have they ever. Two Brothers Big Tattoo wines have raised over 1 million dollars for cancer research.
That's a lot of wine sold. And once you taste it, you will know why.
The cause is good enough on its own, but the wines are incredible and GREAT values.
2 Brothers Big Tattoo Syrah is rich, succulent, round and bursting with aromas and flavors of blackberry, juicy blueberry pie and cocoa.
The 2 Brothers Big Tattoo White offers an enticing floral nose followed by rich, silky, soft layers of honeyed peaches, apricots, and finishes with clean yet fruity crisp white grape flavors.
The 2 Brothers Big Tattoo Red offers rich, robust, layers of black cherry, tobacco and supple ripe fruit tannins make it a great pair for anything off of the grill, aged cheddar, Gouda or Stilton cheeses.
IN MY BIN
2004 Ferrari- Carano Reserve Chardonnay-Burgundian style with rich, complex layers of flavors. Starts with appealing nose of pear and soft smoke. Flavors of juicy d'anjou pear, lemon curd, chimoya, blend with subtle hints of smoked bacon to make a rich, hearty, yet smooth dry white wine. Incredible value for the complexity of flavor.
2006 Estancia Piedra Azul, Toro, Spain- Rich, smooth, mouth filling flavors of deep dark black cherry, cocoa, soft vanilla bean. Smooth, satisfying.
The Harp File: Treats that you can't eat
It's hard for me to even THINK about a treat that wasn't edible, but my crazy mama finally talked me into writing her work for her again. She's been trying to add humor and information to these columns since my brother Guinness died last year. Yeah, yeah, he was an amazing doggy boy. A real Pup-cake. But I've finally convinced mama that I am NOT just a cupcake of a doggy boy who only thrives on sustenance in the edible form. Well, sure, I love those SNAPS and Milk bones and outstanding Three Dog Bakery treats I get from Bob and Beth.
BUT my pedigree is not just for the palate. I like to read and look at the pictures. So here is my "Treat you Can't Eat." It's not as even sided as the old "Better than a Biscuit" column that my brother Guinness and I used to write. But he is in doggy heaven and our crazy mama needs some help and I found the following book to be entertaining, uplifting and inspiring. If it only came with a big ol' biscuit, it would be TWO PAWS up.
BOW WOW TAO: Wit, Wisdom and Dogma; By Chu Toy /Voyageur Press. 1 800 888 9653. Great mix of pictures, prose and pen work to help humans further their education of the peace and bliss we four legged canines enjoy.
Jill A. Ditmire is an Omnimedia wine specialist, AWS certified wine judge, freelance broadcast journalist and 20+ year home owner in the Warfleigh neighborhood of Broad Ripple. Send your questions and comments to Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org
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