We get a craving for cheese every now and then, and one of our favorite places for a fantastic cheese plate is Cube. Cheese and more are on the menu - they are feeding the current frenzy for fried chicken in L.A. - and they have a wine selection that has never failed to exceed expectations without putting undue stress on the bank account. They specialize in Italian wines, as suggested by the “What’s up D.O.C.?” sign above their La Brea Avenue location. We love supporting Cube and we would be terribly disappointed if it suddenly were not there.
Elena Walch took over the wine estates of the family into which she married - kind of makes it sound like a coup, doesn’t it? Well, if the family isn’t happy with the job she has done, I don’t know what’s wrong with them. She has instituted sustainability measures at her vineyards which encompass biology, society and economics - which she calls the “triangle of sustainability.”
The color of this wine is simply stunning - a beautiful, golden tint with copper and green highlights throughout. A wonderfully savory aspect is apparent on both the nose and palate. Aromas of smoke and minerals join the smell of apples while the flavors of savory nuts and wet rocks are lifted by a fantastic acidity. It worked with all the cheeses on the platter, but it took on a transcendent quality with the Swiss cheese from Hoch-Ybrig.
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