"You're on a diet, good for you. Now stop boring everybody by talking about it."
As I made my morning cup of coffee and scanned my favorite websites for news, I came across an article on Chow.com entitled, "Don't Be a Diet Bore." The headline made me giggle out loud thinking about all the occasions I've been out with someone who is dieting, or worse, dislikes my blog because I occasionally talk about red meat, high fructose, fried, possibly processed food with wine. Granted, I've tried my fair share of diets and completely sympathize with wanting to fit into those skinny jeans. But, it's also important for food not to run your life and for you not to ruin my meal because you've suddenly decided you're becoming a vegetarian and officially cutting wine out of your diet. That's where I draw the line.
The reason I can have In-N-Out's Animal Style Fries and not act like an animal by devouring the entire thing in one sitting is because I know that I can have a cookie, pizza, or anything I want an hour later. And this even includes a glass of vino!
Nerd alert wine! I told you I was going to get a little geeky with the wines this year! The 2008 Treana white ($23) from Paso Robles, California is a blend of 55% Marsanne and 45% Viognier (vee-OHWN-yay). It's a big ass white wine with 14.5% alcohol and an oily, opulently rich character. Although this white blend is a power house, the grapes are grown in a cooler climate off the Pacific Ocean, which helps to retain its acidity. Marsanne and Viognier combined create a wine full of lemon, peach, melon and honey with a little Chamomile tea and spice coming through at the end. Plus, since this wine is so full of flavor and has quite a bit of alcohol and aromatics, it can continue to develop with a little bit of age, as we see here. This is not the case for many light bodied, easy drinking whites.
Animal fries and Treana are an exciting match. The fries are on In-N-Out's "secret" menu and consist of french fries with melted cheese, spread and grilled onions. The spread is thought to be some sort of thousand island dressing. After a bite of the fries and then a sip of the wine, I immediately notice the sweetness of the onions and ketchup found in the spread playing nicely off the fruitiness of the wine. Since the wine has also been partially fermented in oak, the slight touch of toast highlights the grilled onions. Texturally, I want to shout out, "Score!" The fries are creamy, heavy and oily, mirroring the wine completely. And finally, the lemon and nice balance of acidity in the wine stands up to the tangy elements of the cheese and dressing and helps to cleanse the palate in-between bites.
Please let me know your comments in the section below! Do you believe in dieting? Have you ever tried In-N-Out's Animal Style Fries? Let's Chat!