The Arms of Kraken

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Elodie came back from the fish shop with something terrible, something fearful. I had suggested she buy some squid for dinner; she came home with the tentacles of Kraken. Terrifying to look at, terrifying to contemplate, terrifying to ponder how to cook.

Clearly too thick to quickly pan fry or grill, so a long soak in a Catalan inspired soup of tomato, garlic, green chilli and vegetable stock. It worked quite well, soured with a splash of Xeres vinegar at the end. After an hour the arms had rendered their toughness, softened to the bite and were entirely less fearsome.

My second favourite wine of the year is this: 2012 Les Terrasses from Alvaro Palacios in Priorat. Grenache and Carignan, it is at once fruit driven and powerful, but here with a velvety, silken texture. There is tannin, there is alcohol, but both are handled with a gossamer touch. It slips down the gullet easily. I won’t be the first to say this but Mr Palacios makes an extremely fine bottle of wine.

Furthermore, France being France, wines from Priorat are not something you come across too often and I intend to examine and remedy the question further.

I had the 2003 L’Ermita once, at an incredibly generous informal tapas lunch with my friend Pedro of Bodegas Santa Cecilia in Madrid. Les Terrasses is not the same calibre, for sure, but it a wonderful bottle of wine. What more could you want from a wine than to wrestle the arms of Kraken in a silken embrace?

Vamos a Grattalops!

About matthewhayesbrognon

Wine Merchant
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3 Responses to The Arms of Kraken

  1. David BOUDOT says:

    Salut Matt,

    avec le poulpe, mon Bandol rosé aurait été très bien aussi 😉

    Ca y est, j’ai lancé mon affaire depuis peu… http://www.mvetm.com (désolé, pas encore eu le temps de le traduire en anglais mais c’est prévu)

    Tu me diras ce que tu penses du site ?

    A+, David

    2017-04-26 14:07 GMT+02:00 Legless in Burgundy :

    > matthewhayesbrognon posted: ” Elodie came back from the fish shop with > something terrible, something fearful. I had suggested she buy some squid > for dinner; she came home with the tentacles of Kraken. Terrifying to look > at, terrifying to contemplate, terrifying to ponder how to cook” >

    • Salut David, je ne sais pas pourquoi je ne vois pas d’office les commentaires, et la tienne me fais beaucoup de plaisir. je me rendrai sur ton site pour m’instruire…à très bientôt. et bien à toi et la famille.`
      Matthew

    • David,

      A vrai dire assez impressionant. Il y a peu de domaines qui prennnent le soins d’exposer leur domaine, leur vignoble, leurs cépages etc. C’est très complet. Je suis temté de passer une commande, par fraternité et curiosité. Mon amour pour les Bandols rouges est bien affirmé…pour le rosé c’est toujours un peu délicat, mais bien entendu tes prix sont loin de la ridicule et prétension de Ott et Cie.

      A voir, mais bravissimmo!

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