Sunday, May 31, 2015

Scagliola 'Casot dan Vian' Piemonte (Italy) Chardonnay





Scagliola 'Casot dan Vian' Piemonte (Italy) Chardonnay, $15.29-$16.99, 88 points, poured a bright brass color.
Smells of toasty melon, vanilla, and soft citrus blossoms were good.
Barely medium bodied with good acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas and minerality compared this Chardonnay favorably to many a Cali Chardonnay, more than other Italian Chardonnays I've tasted, but still very clean and pure.
Finished on the trailing palate, alcohol notes (14%), citrus, ginger, and an almost Sauvignon Blanc fresh-cut grass.
I bought this Chardonnay at the Harvest Market in Bedford.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Michael David Earthquake/Lodi 2012 Zinfandel






Michael David Earthquake/Lodi 2012 Zinfandel, $25.99-$28.99, 90+ points, appeared black at the core trending Shiraz purple near the clear wine ring and leggy glass wall.
Profuse aromas of cedar, clove, cinnamon, toasty blackberry, and violets were almost overwhelming.
Full-bodied with fair acidity, round and easy, but escalating tannins which well supported a flavor profile reflective of the aromas plus plum notes.
Finished long and hot (15.5% alcohol) with copious red pepper spices and a hint of eucalyptus.
This was the best Michael David Zinfandel I've had!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Donnafugata "Anthilia" 2012 Catarratto And White Wine blend (Sicily)





Donnafugata "Anthilia" 2012 Catarratto And White Wine blend (Sicily),
$12.56-$13.95, 84+ points, was a dark straw yellow trending gray at the glass shallows.
Odd floral aroma with cantaloupe were just okay for me.
Dry white wine with a light body and good acidity carried slightly sour grapefruit flavor notes and a touch of orange peel.
Finished on the trailing palate and a slight gingery component with a bit of the 12.5% alcohol.
I usually like my white wines on the cold to cool side, but I actually liked the "Anthilia" 2012 better warm.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cesari Boscarel I.G.T. Rosso 2012 Red Wine





Cesari Boscarel I.G.T. Rosso 2012 Red Wine, $8.49-$18.99, 85 points, poured a deep ruby color with a clear wine ring. 
Smells of blueberry, brine, earth, and slightly sour black currant were just okay for me.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, layered wild tannins, mirrored flavors of the aromas as well as licorice were just okay too.
Finished okay on the trailing palate, a hint of sweet red cherry, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Sangiovese (made for a good red table wine, and paired well with a rare T-bone steak and asparagus).


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. 'Bulletproof Picasso' 2011 Sauvignon Blanc






Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. 'Bulletproof Picasso' 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99, 85 points, was a light straw yellow color.
The smell of grapefruit with light grass notes were simply good.
The light crisp body carried good acidity with flavors of grapefruit, hints of tangerine, and gooseberry which were all okay.
Finished on the trailing palate with a slightly noticeable 13.5% alcohol.
I bought this SB at the Hannaford's Super Market in Derry.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Marziano Abbona Terlo Ravera 2009 Barolo DOCG


Marziano Abbona Terlo Ravera 2009 Barolo DOCG, $45.04-$52.99, 93+ points, was what I call a sunburst orange/red with a broad clear wine ring at the leggy glass wall.
Aromatic cherry-wood, saline smells from the sea, and bourbon with a floral component were excellent.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and still vibrantly tight tannins carried black and red cherry cordial notes with bourbon accents.
Finished long on the trailing palate with some heat from the 15% alcohol, and a touch of mint.
Tuscan Vines expresses the "feminine" of  Barbaresco, but this Barolo is the masculine expression of the Nebbiolo Grape, and with all those intense bourbon-like flavors, you've got to believe it's manly!
Though rather unctuously textured in its own way, ironically there's sharp edges to this wine too.
Paired perfectly with a rare porter-house (meat and potatoes).




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Monday, May 25, 2015

Château Haut-Robert Tertre De Fontenot 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Haut-Robert Tertre De Fontenot 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine, $10.99, 87 points, poured deep ruby with a maroon tint trending dark pomegranate red toward the clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl.
The nose was a good black fruit aroma with cedar, coffee, and truffle notes.
More a medium-bodied Bordeaux with good acidity and supportive tannin.
Flavors of blueberry and tobacco were rather distinctive.
Finished okay with hints of mint, a touch of cayenne spice, and the 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
Though the Château Haut-Robert Tertre De Fontenot 2010 Bordeaux won't wow anyone it is a good intro to Red Bordeaux for those uninitiated and those looking for a good red table wine.


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Miscellaneous Imported White Wines





Albarino:
Kentia Galicia Rias Baixas 2013 Albarino (Spanish White Wine), $13.99-$15.99, 88 points
La Cana Rias Baixas 2013 Albariño, $13.99-$15.99, 90 points (Spain)
Martin Códax Rias Baixas 2014 Albariño (Spain), $13.99-$15.99, 90 points
NORA Rias Baixas 2014 Albariño (Spain), $12.74-$16.99, 86 points
Ramón Bilbao Rias Baixas 2015 Albariño (Spain), $10.39-$12.99, 89 points
Arneis:
Elvio Tintero Langhe 2014 Arneis, $7.64-$8.99, 87 points

Blends
Anselmi 2013 San Vincenzo (Italy), $5.99-$10.99 (375ml), 87 points
Antinori Villa 2009 White Wine, $10.19-$14.99, 86 points:
Château de Castelneau 2010 White Bordeaux, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points (40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle)
Château La Grande Metairie Entre-Deux-Mers 2014 Bordeaux White Wine, $10.19-$11.99, 90 points
Château Lamothe De Haux Grand Vin 2012 Bordeaux White Wine, $13.99-$14.99, 84 points
Donnafugata "Anthilia" 2012 Catarratto And White Wine blend (Sicily), $12.56-$13.95, 84+ points
Lady of the Lake 2012 White Wine (Greek), $14.99, 88 points (60% Roditis and 40% Batiki)
Salmon And Trout 2011 Bordeaux White Wine (80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon), $7.99, 84 points
Schlink Haus Auslese 2011 White Wine (Germany), $8.81-$13.99, 84 points
Segal's Fusion Chardonnay/Colombard Dry White Wine (Israel), $13.99-$15.99, 89 points
Steininger Young 2011 White Wine from Austria, $15.39-$16.99, 87 points
Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali Grillo Cavallo Delle Fate 2014 White Wine (Sicily, Italy), D.O.C., $15.99-$19.99, 90 points

Cataratto:
Casa Girelli Lamura Organico 2015 Cataratto Bianco Sicilia (IGT), Sicily, Italy, $8.99-$14.99, 84 points


Cortese/Gavi:
Scagliola Terri 2011 Monferrato Bianco (94% Cortese, 6% Chardonnay), Calosso, Piedmont, Italy, $8,41-$12.99, 89 points

Falanghina:
Tenuta Rocca Dei Leoni Campania 2009 100% Falanghina, $11.70-$15.99, 88 points

Fermint:
Evolucio Tokaj 100% 2012 Fermint White Wine (Hungary), 11.99, 92 points

Gavi: see Cortese:

Godello:
Avancia 2014 Cuvée De O Godello (Valdeorras, Spain), $15.99, 90+ points
Bolo Mountain Wine DO Valdeorras 2014 Godello (Spain), $13.99, 90 points

Grechetto:
Arnaldo Caprai Grecante 2015 Grechetto, $16,14-$18.99, 90 points

Hondarrabi Zuri
Aizpurua Cosecha 2015 Hondarrabi Zuri (White) Wine (Getariako Txakolina, Spain), $15.19-$18.99, 91 points

Macabeo (Macabeu,Viura):
El Coto Rioja 2015 Viura (also called Macabeo or Macabeu) White Wine $10.19-$13.99, 88 points

Moschofilero:
Boutari Moschofilero (Greek), $13.99-$15.99, 86 points

Orvieto:
Antinori (Italy) 2010 Orvieto Classico Santa Cristina Campogrande, $9.34-$12.99, 88 points

Riesling:
Cantina Zaccagnini 2014 Riesling (Colline Pescaresi IGT, Abruzzo, Italy), $7.64-$18.99, 87 points
Jacob's Creek 2012 Dry Riesling, $8.99, 87 points (Australia)
Mezzacorona Trentino, Italy D.O.C. Riesling, 2 for $10.00-$10.99 each, 86 points
Pacifico Sur Reserva Curico Valley Chile 2011 Riesling, $11.99, 88 points
Weingut Lagler 1000Elmerberg Smaragd 2015 Riesling (Wachau, Austria) $18.69-$21.99, 89 points

Semillon:
Ricardo Santos 2009 Semillon Mendoza, Argentina, $13.49-$15.49, 87 points

Silvaner (Sylvaner)
Castell Franken (Trocken) 2015 Silvaner White Wine, $19.79-$21.99, 91 points

Soave:
La Fiera 2014 Soave, $13.59-$16.99, 85+ points
Masi Levarie 2012 Soave (Italy), $11.49-$24.99, 85+ points
Pieropan 2009 Soave, So-Ah-Ve (Italy), $11.90-$17.99 (I paid $13.59), 87 points
Tenuta Santa Maria Alla Pieve 'Lepia' 2014 Soave (Veneto, Italy), $13.59-$16.99, 88 points

Trebbiano:
Masciarelli 2015 Trebbiano D'Abruzzo (Italy) $9.34-$12.99, 87 points

Veltliner:
Höpler 2013 Grüner Veltliner, (100% Grüner Veltliner), $11.99-$14.99, 90 points
Landhaus Mayer 2014 Grüner Veltliner (Austria), $11.99-$13.99, 87 points

Verdejo:
Bodegas Naia Rueda 2014 Verdejo (Castilla y Leon, Spain), $12.99-$14.99, 89 points

Verdelho:
Molly Dooker McLaren Vale (The Violinist) 2010 Verdelho, $24.00-$33.00, 92 points

Verdicchio:
La Monacesca 2014 DOC Verdicchio di Matelica (Italy), $17.59-$21.99, 90 points

Vermentino:
Altadonna Toscana (Italy) 2012 Vermentino, $7.64-$13.99, 86 points
 Is Argiolas D.O.C. 2011 Vermentino di Sardegna, $18.69-$21.99, 92 points
Poggio Al Tesoro Solosole Toscan I.G.T. 2014 Vermentino, $14.44-$19.99, 90 points

Vernaccia:
Palagetto 2014 Vernaccia Di San Gimignano (Italy), $14.99-$17.99, 88 points
San Quirico di San Gimignano 2010 Vernaccia, $11.89-$15.99, 87 points

Viura:
El Coto Rioja 2015 Viura (also called Macabeo or Macabeu) White Wine $10.19-$13.99, 88 points

Xarel-Lo:
Albet i Noya (Penedès, Spain) 2015 Xarel-Lo, $11.99, 86 points










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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Round Pond Napa Valley Rutherford 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon





Round Pond Napa Valley Rutherford 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $44.99-$59.99, 92+ points, poured core black trending nearly blood red at the leggy glass wall and clear wine ring.
Swelling aromas of cedar, black currant, pine tar, and sweet red cherry were very good.
The full body was early palate smooth transitioning slightly rough late palate with still vibrant, supportive, and accelerating tannin. Good acidity and complex flavors reflective of the aromas with what might be called "dusty" blackberry notes and hints of violets were excellent.
Finished long with some heat (14.5% alcohol), just a touch of bell pepper, as well as spicy black and white pepper.





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Friday, May 22, 2015

Château Cantenac Brown Margaux 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine







Château Cantenac Brown Margaux 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine, $47.99-$63.99, 90 points, poured deep ruby trending crushed black currant purple/red with a broad clear wine ring.
Smells of tobacco, brine, anise, and black fruit were very good.
The medium-plus body with good acidity was rather smooth considering the strident and escalating tannins (give this wine time in the cellar).
Flavors reflected the aromas with plum notes.
The finish was fair on the trailing palate, a well integrated 13% alcohol, and tart pomegranate notes.
Varietals were 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Federico Ferrero Volpini Langhe 2013 Chardonnay





Federico Ferrero Volpini Langhe (Piedmont, Italy) 2013 Chardonnay, $12.99-$14.99, 89 points, poured a light straw yellow trending gray toward the glass wall.
The aromas were gentle honeydew melon and pine needles.
I don't usually think of Chardonnay as light-bodied, but this Chardonnay wasn't quite medium-bodied.
Federico Ferrero Volpini Langhe 2013 Chardonnay was another clean Italian white wine possessing fair-plus acidity and subtlety balanced flavors of lemon, pineapple, and limestone minerality.
Finished long with mint, the trailing palate, white pepper, and a well integrated 12.5% alcohol.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Avancia 2014 Cuvée De O Godello (Valdeorras, Spain)






Avancia 2014 Cuvée De O Godello (Valdeorras, Spain), $15.99, 90+ points, was the same color as the Fisheye Pinot Grigio (light brass color and gray to water clear).
Aromatic Lychee, flowers, and pineapple were excellent!
The light plus-body was dry and appropriately acidic with an early palate smooth texture complimenting its melon flavors, while transitioning late palate tart citrus with tangerine being most notable.
Finished well with the 13.5% alcohol and the trailing palate.
For my Vino-friend: Avancia 2014 Cuvée De O Godello was vinified with no malo-lactic fermentation, but aged for six months on the lees.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fish Eye 2013 Pinot Grigio (South Eastern Australia)




Fish Eye 2013 Pinot Grigio (South Eastern Australia), $4.99-$7.99, 86 points, showed between a light brass color and gray to water clear.
Cold aromas of apple, vanilla, and pineapple were very good while as it warmed this PG added dusty floral notes.
Light-bodied with good acidity, but early palate thin with developing flavors of pineapple, tart apple, and bland pear notes.
Finished fair with a well integrated 12.5% alcohol, tart citrus, and hints of ginger.



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Château Langoa Barton Saint-Julien 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine






Château Langoa Barton Saint-Julien 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine, $54.39-$72.99, 93 points, poured black trending deep purple toward the broadly clear wine ring.
Interesting aromas of pine tar, black cherry cordial, blackberries, and subtle rose with coffee notes were very pleasant.
Texturally unctuous and early palate smooth while sliding down a spicy slope with accelerating grainy tannins into the long finish.
The near full-body carried fair to good acidity and the reflected flavor of the aromas complimented with anise, oak,  pomegranate, sweet tobacco, and a well integrated 13% alcohol.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

High Valley Lake County California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc





High Valley Lake County California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99-$29.99, 90 points,  poured a very light brass color trending water clear toward the glass shallows.
A lovely aromatically balanced lemon/pineapple was amazing.
Light crisp body carried good acidity with melon, citrus, and mint flavors.
Finished fair on a well integrated 13.8% alcohol, kiwi, hints of ginger with white and black pepper notes.
I paired the High Valley Lake County California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh Icelandic Cod filet.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Château Valfontaine 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Valfontaine 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine, $9.99, 86+ points, the color I saw was in conflict with the label which said "Deep Ruby", whereas I saw dark maroon trending deep cranberry red with a clear wine ring (wine changes over time is a taken).
The aroma was a distinctive strawberry/rhubarb, not typical for a Bordeaux red wine with the varietals Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (30%), and Cabernet Franc (20%).
Medium bodied with good acidity and tamed tannins for a young Bordeaux.
Flavors of strawberry, red cherry, black currant, and tart pomegranate were okay, but I wasn't noticing any subtlety; a straight forward red table wine it is, and a good one at that for about ten dollars.
Finished fair with some warm spices, slightly unripe black currant and a balanced 12.5% alcohol.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Château La Croix De Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château La Croix De Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine, $39.99-$53.99, 90 points, was black at the core transitioned into a deep red with a purple cast at the glass shallows, and terminated with a clear wine ring.
Aromatic cedar, clove, earth, plum, and blackberry were pleasant.
Nearly full-bodied with good acidity, strident, but manageable tannin, and flavors that reflected the aromas were good as well.
Finished long on the trailing palate, tart pomegranate, accelerating tannin (a bit astringent), oak notes, a well integrated 13% alcohol, and red pepper.





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Thursday, May 14, 2015

True Myth Edna Valley 2013 Chardonnay






True Myth Edna Valley 2013 Chardonnay, $18.89-$20.99, 89 points, poured a lustrous straw yellow color.
Aromas of apple, pineapple, and a hint of cantaloupe were pleasant, although the flavors were mostly an oaky melon and subtle tropical fruit.
Medium-bodied with fair acidity supported a moderately smooth texture that transitioned toward edgy in the finish of spicy citrus and a noticeable 13.5% alcohol.
I bought this Chardonnay at the Harvest Market in Bedford.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Château Quinault L'Enclos Grand Cru de Saint-Émilion 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine






Château Quinault L'Enclos Grand Cru de Saint-Émilion 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine, $34.39-$45.99, 90 points, poured an opaque maroon trending crushed black currant purple/red with a clear wine ring.
Upon opening, subtle perfume aromas of roses gave-way to black currant, spiced plum, and cedar.
Full-bodied with good acidity, though texturally divided, this 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon displayed moderately supportive tannin marked by a slight astringency.
The flavor profile was a dominant oaky plum with savory notes, but the long finish was an intensely spicy affair with mint and a well integrated 13% alcohol which managed a good balance.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Delish Cali 2013 Sauvignon Blanc






Delish Cali 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.00, 84 points, poured a lustrous brass color.
Smelled more like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a dominant gooseberry aroma.
Typically light-bodied, but with less noticeable acidity than I'm accustomed to.
Flavors were gooseberry and lemon with a thin layer of other nondescript citrus.
The finish was a bit weak with grassy notes, citrus, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Paired okay with my sautéed fresh Atlantic Halibut.
I bought this White Wine at the Derry Hannaford's Super Market.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

HOBO Dry Creek Valley 2012 Zinfandel





HOBO Dry Creek Valley 2012 Zinfandel,
$20.33-$22.59, 91 points, poured dark cranberry red with flashes of maroon trending bright orange/red at the glass bowl and broad clear wine ring.
Profuse aromas of juniper, blackberry, sage, and toasty red cherry were very good.
Medium-bodied carried good acidity, firm, but waning tannin, and flavors of strawberry, marionberry, mint, with a touch of oak.
Finished long on a well integrated sweet-spot 14.3% alcohol, the trailing palate, spearmint, a hint of tart pomegranate, and easy white pepper.
I bought this Zinfandel at the Harvest Market in Bedford. 



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Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Fun Of Smelling!





  


As for me and my nose, we seek to smell everything! Wine tasting has reinforced my axiom to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell as much of the world around me as I can.
There's no guarantees when it comes to one's nose and wine-tasting, but without a natural curiosity you'll probably be handicapped.
My latest quest is to smell pome flowers as well as all the tree blossoms as I can find. Most are subtle, gently sweet and perfumed; The Catalpa speciosa is quite fragrant, and most of us are familiar with Lilacs.
Following are photographs of some of my recent forays into the world of sights and smells beginning with plum blossoms:
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 

Macintosh apple blossoms are sweet and perfumed:
 
 




 
 
 
 
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Château Giscours Margaux 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine






Château Giscours Margaux 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine, $51.19-$68.99, 94 points, poured inky black at the core trending dark ruby and finally a crushed black currant purple/red with a clear wine ring.
Profuse aromas of blackberry, anise, and roses were accented with coffee-mocha, savory, sweet tobacco, sea-breezes, and black currant, all of which made this Bordeaux one of this year's best in the category.
Near full-bodied with very good acidity, sweetly layered tannins (drinking fine now), and flavors as deep and reminiscent as the aromas.
Finished long on a well integrated 13.5% alcohol, plum, a touch of tart pomegranate, and classic spiciness.
Compared to the 2010 vintage ($96.04-$112.99 and 95 points) the 2011 was a steal, and at $51.19, I wished I had bought more! Keep in mind that everyone didn't like this wine as much as I did, but when you have a hard time to stop drinking a wine, it's a very good wine to you (me)!
Varietals were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.



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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Armando Piazzo Piemonte 2013 Chardonnay







Armando Piazzo Piemonte 2013 Chardonnay, $12.00, 90 points, poured a light gold color with a lime green cast.
Aromatic orange peel with hints of green apple and subtle pome blossoms were very good.
Barely medium-bodied with fair to good acidity, a bit tart, and displaying lively flavors of tangerine, lemon/lime, apple notes, and a clean flinty minerality.
Finished well with a 12.5% alcohol and enduring spicy pepper notes.
Paired beautifully with Broccoli in a cheddar cheese sauce over  fried breaded pork chops.




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