7.41am, Tuesday 24th January, South President Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Morning folks, we made it to Delaware and back yesterday through serious winter rain, snow, fog and ice – well done the unstoppable soccer mom mini van! We’ve always been able to strike a good balance between working in the cities and the surrounding countryside – as it never fails to amaze us what interesting wine things we find going on out there. Perfect case in point was our visit to the town of Elkton, Maryland. Have a look at this photo – looks like a stop in every top road trip USA movie you’ve ever seen. But go inside, and I’ll guarantee you find one of the best and biggest collections of wines from around the world. Not to mention the education on American distillation that you can get from just reading the labels in the spirits section. Not convinced? Drop in next time you’re driving up to Philadelphia or new York City and ask for Rick Ostrand or John Murray. They’re the blokes that look like they could have just walked off stage as part of The Grateful Dead and they really know their stuff.
And then we crossed the Maryland : Delaware state line, and went a bit further north to Wilmington where we had a wine dinner organized by Frank – the number one man from Franks Union Wine Mart – At the Union City Grille. Here’s us in the dining room after the whole event – sorry about the quality of the fuzzy photo – must have been something to do with the low romantic lighting. From left to right, that’s the owner chef The delightful Matthew Curtis, me, and Frank the wine man in town.
Matthew did a really top job of using local and Australian produce with an American twist to match our wines – my pick for combination of the night was the “Shrimp on the barbie” – jumbo shrimp (‘prawns’ to us at home in Australia) that Matt soaked in brine with roasted garlic then seared off and served up with his own BBQ sauce and tempura battered onion rings.that went with the red black and blue berry driven savory 2010 Running With Bulls Temranillo.yes folks, that’s a red wine with seafood….and it was a winner.