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By Annette Gooch and Annette Gooch,Universal Press Syndicate | November 28, 1999
Liquid marinades made with citrus juice, vinegar or wine are marvelous for breaking down the muscle fiber in tougher cuts of meat and for adding flavor. But here's the rub: Delicate fish can disintegrate in acidic liquids, and naturally tender cuts of meat need only a flavor boost -- not tenderizing.A better technique for flavoring such foods is to treat them to a gentle massage with dried herbs and spices.By making your own herb-and-spice rubs, you can custom-mix blends for beef, pork, lamb or fish.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | June 29, 2005
2003 Murphy-Goode "Liar's Dice" Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($20). This lush, decadent, powerful California red wine is not for the faint of palate. If brawn and high alcohol offend you, avoid it. But if you like a wine with big shoulders and a complex mix of flavors -- blackberry, black raspberry, black pepper, herbs, smoked meat and barbecue sauce -- it could be right up your alley. The 14.5 percent alcohol is well-concealed by the wine's abundant fruit. Serve the zinfandel with food that can fight back: barbecue, grilled steak or lamb, or pasta with a rich tomato-based sauce.
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By Michael Dresser | November 12, 2008
2006 Rosenblum Petite Sirah, Heritage Clones From : San Francisco Bay, Calif. Price: $18 Serve with: Hearty stews, red meat, gameAll hail petite syrah! Once hopelessly out of fashion, this old-fashioned red stalwart of the California vineyards is producing dozens of high-quality, high-value wines from vintners such as Rosenblum. This full-bodied, meaty gem delivers bold flavors of blackberry, black pepper, herbs and coffee. This complex, powerful, lush wine can be enjoyed now or be aged for a decade or more.
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By Michael Dresser | February 13, 2002
1999 De Loach California Zinfandel ($12). Good zinfandels have been edging up in price toward $20, so it's encouraging to find such high quality at this price. Often a generic California designation is a sign of mediocre quality, but not in this case. This medium- to full-bodied red offers vibrant berry fruit, a hint of black pepper and an appealing smoothness. It's not the biggest or most complex zinfandel, but it's entirely satisfying and an excellent value. Serve with a wide variety of red meat, roast fowl and pasta dishes.
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By Michael Dresser | April 17, 2002
1999 Guigal Cotes du Rhone (red) and 2000 Guigal Cotes du Rhone (white). $11. The master winemaker of the Rhone Valley scores twice with his current releases of his bargain-priced Cotes du Rhones. The full-bodied red is one of his best yet -- with vibrant blackberry and raspberry fruit and nuances of blueberry and black pepper. Serve with red meat, pasta or grilled poultry. The dry white has good weight and roundness, with flavors of pear, lemon, slate and white pepper. This would be ideal to serve with white-fleshed fish.
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