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June 26, 2010
I donít know what September held for young love but it
turns out that the three Musketeers of the Wino community have birthdays between
yesterday and today. Look, the economy sucks so here is your present from me.
Happy birthday to Wino Odd Job, Big Bob and Wino Rocker. I wonder if their
parents were hippies or something and there was a big rock and roll drug orgy
weekend that culminated in wino soup. (I think I just threw up in my mouth a
little.) What better way to celebrate than a Pig Roast? OK, it wasnít actually
in their honor, but we didnít tell them that yet so we will keep this just
Back when we picked the date for the roast I had no idea it
was such a special date. Not to worry, I will have forgotten it by next year.
I am really not much of a birthday celebrator. But the weather couldnít have
been nicer. The pig, which slept two days in a citrus vinegar marinade and slow
cooked for 8 hours, was incredible. The meat was soft and moist and flavorful.
The skin was crisp and baconesque. I followed the teachings of Andrew Zimmern
and asked the chef to carve out some cheek (facial, not ass) for me to try. The
meat was darker than the rest but soft and buttery. I wasnít going to push it
and ask for snot, I was tempted but passed.
The warm weather was ripe for a crisp rose and we served a
chilled Tuck Beckstofferís 2008 Hog Wash. It was a hit. In fact we sold
through the inventory we brought in for the event and have orders waiting to be
filled next week. This cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot blend opened several
eyes with its dry finish. We had a bunch of, ďOh no, white zinfandelĒ comments
when we were pouring. Fortunately the wine changed some minds and accomplished
what we had hoped. Embrace PINK in the hot, humid summer days. The red fruits
are there in a cool, light, refreshing style. This is the third event we served
a Tuck property product and all have met with great value to quality comments.
The true star of the day was the Raymond Vineyards R
Collection Field Blend. This seven grape sonnet came up with rave reviews
from the crowd. The fruit was complemented with cedar and smoke. How could
this not pair well with the pig? There was raspberry, red and dark cherry and
even plum polished off with a touch of currant and tobacco. This wine is a
tremendous value at $13.55.
We finished the dinner off with an introduction to South
Africa in the form of Tamura Pinotage. Look, pinotage is a love it or
hate it wine. True to form we had lovers and haters. I found the wine to show
more fruit than most, but with definite tobacco and tar flavors. The crowd was
kind and appreciated the exposure to this grape. The lack of purchases at the
end of the night summed up the experience.
I know Wino Odd Job wasnít expecting to spend his birthday
with a pig and a crowd, but at the end of the night I think all worked out.
Hereís a toast to a century more fun nights with friends and food and great
June 25, 2010
OK, so we werenít asked to leave. Fortunately we finished
our meal at Gourmet Cafť without incident. The locals sure werenít crazy about
our presence. It might have been the 5 bottles of wine on the table for the
three of us. Nonetheless, the two wines my associates brought were delightful.
My bathroom looked like the Gulf oil spill this morning, but the wines were
showing elegance and maturity. These two 1997 Californians could have been the
main course and dessert. I did enjoy my cavatelli with pancetta, peas and vodka
sauce. I brought along two Spanish samples sent to me for review. I will
dispense with them first. The 2006 Senorio de Unx Crania was a
tempranillo highlighted with garnacha. It started out tight and ascorbic but
settled into an OK drinking wine with dark fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla
on the finish. I wasnít unhappy with this wine but had I spent more than
$12.00, I would not have given it a look. The 2006 69 de Lasierpe Garnacha-Cabernet
Sauvignon was dreadful. Not one I would want to drink again. Thanks for
the offer but it turned me off.
Fortunately the 1997 Pine Ridge Rutherford danced
around the glass with glee. The blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5%
Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec and just passed the 75% necessary
to label it cabernet. Rich black fruits dominated this wine with the presence
of cassis and still-viable tannins. The color remains garnet and alive offering
a treat in each sip. We finished dinner with the 1997 Conn Creek Anthology.
This blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc poured
with a brick color and the most enticing aromas of plum, fig, dark cherry and
cedar. The mouth-feel was thick as syrup but the wine finished with the
subtleness of a velvet scarf. This was dessert. This should have been plated
in a crŤme brulee cup and offered as the Godís nectar. I believe if I filled a
tub with this wine, my buoyancy would equal that of the Dead Seaís.
These two wines brought to light the reason itís great to
have friends with money and taste. I just keep wondering why they agree to have
dinner with me.
One topic of dinnertime conversation that I can talk about
here was a new feature inspired by Wino Johnís frequent trips to Asia. We will
be offering wine pairings for exotic cuisine. First up is fried scorpion on a
stick and white burgundy. The sweet, crab-like flavor of fried scorpion will
pair well with the creamy richness of the chardonnay. The crunchy texture and
the buttery finish of white burgundy show like drawn butter over lump crab
meat. So next time you see the street vendor with scorpion on a stick, donít
pass him by. Break out a Montrachet and enjoy. The stingers are removed so
donít be shy.
June 20, 2010
Two quick notes... First let me say to those of you
that can enjoy the day with your fathers, make the most of it. It's a tough day
for some cutting two ways; enjoying the benefits while remembering the loss.
Second, sorry about the technical glitch yesterday. It was one of those days
that were a cyber nightmare. What did become official from the glitch was the
fact that yesterday was the tenth anniversary of this site. Ten years ago, I
knew little about wine and much less about the Internet. Wino John grabbed the
technical reigns and I found someone to help us get a domain and hosting site.
Our renewal came due and I never realized it was still in the hands of the
person I first spoke with.
Today, I simply want to thank all those wine industry
individuals, winery owners and winery employees that have furthered my wine
understanding. The major shout out goes to Big Bob who put his energy into
helping and probably his job on the line to invite me to many industry events.
I still laugh to myself (I do that often, when I am alone, in my third floor
dank room) when Big Bob sent me an email from his boss about one of my reviews
of their wines. At the time I bought the wine, a Malbec, the big guyís company
was not the importer.
I chuckled to myself about the argument I had with an
academic from the University of Bordeaux. Mostly I laugh at the fun I have had
at dinners with those winemakers or winery owners I prematurely thought had no
sense of humor. Look, I havenít hit it off with everyone and there are those
who think wine is serious. I do have a nice Rolodex of friends around the globe
who share a laugh and a meal and a beautiful bottle of wine when we can.
Happy Anniversary to you, our readers. If we didnít have
you, I would be doing this for my personal journal. Fortunately, Al Gore
invented the Internet so I can share all my thoughts with the world. Who needs
flying cars in the 21st century when I can have my thoughts beamed at
the speed of light to the homes of wine lovers all over the world? Hereís to my
liver holding out another 10 years.
June 13, 2010
Embarrassingly, I just saw the date on my last entry. I
guess I am getting old and not enjoying the breadth of new wine experiences as I
once did. I did attend the Lehigh Valley Food and Wine Festival last weekend
but left my tasting notes somewhere other than my pocket. There were a few
wines worth commenting on. The one that grabbed my attention was a private
label syrah of chef and restaurateur, Emeril Lagasse. I had a
preconception prior to tasting and avoided it several time. As he only makes it
available in his restaurants, I figured I wouldnít waste my time. But the clear
headed Other Bob convinced me to stay open and try it. I must say, it wasnít
plonk that Emeril was just trading his name off. Unfortunately, the pourer at
the table knew nothing about its price or where the fruit was from. That was a
bummer. I would have enjoyed a few bottles if the price was right.
I did also enjoy the 2007 Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero.
This tempranillo was all about bright red fruit on the front but mellowed in the
glass to unveil some blackberry and currant. A smooth finish and a touch of oak
made this wine something I will be buying. I found it very food friendly for
the mix of fare at the festival.
On a side note, I was flipping through a Food and Wine
magazine and saw a full-page ad for Silver Oak. I donít much recall seeing them
advertise like that. Is it the economy that has them splashing copy in the
magazines? Does it dull the finish of their cultish position? What is
happening to the wine world?
May 29, 2010
This weekend officially opens the beach/summer season in
New Jersey. The weather should lend itself to backyard bar-b-qs, fun with
friends and chilled white wines. Donít forget to take a moment to reflect on
what we are memorializing. Yesterday, the body count in Afghanistan reached
1,000. I only heard a passing comment about it. Young men and women volunteer
to serve this country and unselfishly sacrifice so we can sit home unengaged in
understanding their plight. How many of our potential future leaders have
abruptly been taken from their families, friends and country?
Our thoughts and prayers are with the
families of the brave young men and women who have given their lives and will
never have the chance to spend this weekend grilling, or sun bathing or
May 22, 2010
Iím just sayiní. No, really. The social lubricity of wine
made last nightís supper series a road trip through the canyon of funny. Though
it was a smaller, more intimate evening than last month, it allowed
personalities to shine and storytelling to take center stage. Fortunately for
us, our newest member to the group knows 83 per cent of the population of New
Jersey. Officially bequeathing him the moniker 'Wino Jimmy', from this day
hence there will never be a pregnant pause of uncomfortable silence during the
evening. If Wino Jimmy doesnít know you, he knows your cousin, your aunt or
your grade school neighbor. Like the sun in our planetary structure, his
gravitational force drew in the heavenly bodies and asteroids alike (Wino Rocker
was the asteroid). I simply put it out there that if you attend at an upcoming
event, by night's end, you will identify a friend or family member that has at
one point elliptically orbited the Jimmy universe. For that there will be no
darkness for years to come, Iím just sayiní.
Dining on homemade lasagna and tenderly moist meatballs, we
enjoyed several Italian wines. The first, a white blend from Veneto that drew
the elegance of the spring evening into the restaurant. The 2009 Maculan
Pino & Toi was refreshingly floral without being offensively sweet. The
blend boasts Tocai, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio. I know thatís a lot of Pinot
for a guy to be writing about but for a summer white wine thereís nothing wrong
with that, Iím just sayiní.
The second wine was the 2008 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese.
This wine hails from the southeastern part of Italy and paired well with the
marinara atop the meatballs. But the night was graced with the 2005 Barone
Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Reserva. At one point, I
overheard Mike commenting that he smelled leather and licorice but it turned out
to be Dariusí underwear and not the nose of the wine. This wine could have
simply been called a side dish as folks got up from the tables, filled a glass
and strolled around the landscaped backgrounds of the Tree Tavern property. The
wine was a course unto itself.
With the risk of Wino Rocker drooling over his keyboard as
he reads this, I dare say that next monthís pig roast will be an event. The
event already is half filled and we just announced it. Those wishing to attend
can go to the
www.highpointwines.com web site and order tickets from the front page. The
wines for the evening are also featured there. Though the pig will be marinated
for two days prior to the event, I plan on being stewed half way through it, Iím
May 11, 2010
I wasnít quite sure how to post this one so I will simply
state that the 1994 Kalin Chardonnay Cuvee W is excellent.
Kalin Cellars was founded in
1977 and is located in Marin County - just north of San Francisco. It is
owned and operated by Terry and Frances Leighton.
They are the only two people between the
grape and the bottle - there are no assistant winemakers, cellar
workers, etc. - just a little help from their friends.
I will also say that the 1977 Dow Vintage Port makes
one not need anything after a great meal but a simple plate of assorted cheese.
And in conclusion I will just say I was disappointed in my
chance to drink the 1990 Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere.
I say no more to ensure the black helicopter doesnít follow
me down the street. I am not looking to be asked to get into a dark late model
van and driven anywhere to answer for what usually is a lengthy write up. I
kind of said all I might say at this time. The true statement of bearing
witness to my own words was the volume of these three wines that were or werenít
left in the glass at the end of the night.
Did I just hear tires squealing around the corner? Hey
May 10, 2010
I donít know if numbers mean anything but I thought 5-10-10
was cool. Not at much as 10-10-10 will be. The date is definitely not as scary
as 12-21-12 will be. Hey all you Bordeaux collectors, I am telling you now,
starting in January, I will be over to start consuming your wine. Why hold onto
any of the good stuff? As you know, the earth, sun and the center of the black
hole in the Milky Way Galaxy will be in perfect alignment on that date. I am
sure the gravitational forces will suck us into the hole. Then you will be sad
you never had the chance to enjoy your collection of great wine. I will start
taking appointment to assist in consuming collectorís cellars in September. I
would like to start with large format collectors first and work my way down to
the 750mls. To make sure I have the proper time available, I will not be
consuming Burgundy wines. (Except maybe to rinse between Cult California Cabs
and Priorat Especials.) I plan on being shit-faced with a crazy straw in a case
of Lafite when the earth starts wobbling off axis and, by the time we are
hurling towards the center of the galaxy, I will be bathing in Haut Brion and
shampooing with Grange. I had made arrangements for an enema of Screaming Eagle
just as we start to boil from the ever decreasing distance from the sun. Let me
think about that, would the sun get pulled in first so we will actually freeze
from the sun being farther away, or will we be pulled towards the sun first then
get sucked into the black hole? Where is Sheldon when I need him? Maybe Wino
John can do the math on that and let me know if I should pack shorts and a
T-shirt or my snorkel jacket as I set out on my Mayan Wine Consumption Tour?
Hey, I think there is something to a civilization that didnít have indoor
plumbing yet was able to calculate the exact year the winter solstice would end
life as we know it. I call "Mayan End of the World Fest". Whoís with me?
April 30, 2010
I can tell you this, it wasnít Ole Black Water in my
glass but it did keep on rollin'. It was dark and inky and happened to be the
2004 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection. In an intimate
setting of twenty-two for dinner, Dan Campbell, eastern regional manager from
B.R. Cohn, presented the best they had to offer. Chock full of anecdotal
musings, Mr. Campbell held the crowd while I drank the fruits of their labor.
As a social lubricant, we warmed up with the 2008 Sangiacomo Chardonnay.
This low production wine was bright and lightly oaked making its structure
supportive of food and not overbearing.
We moved into the
2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir full of bright red fruit and a hint
of earthiness on the nose. Nice balance and food-friendly acidity. At this
point I dug into the Peppercorn Encrusted Beef Tenderloin sweet demi glaze.
Pleasantly there appeared a glass of 2007 Sonoma County Zinfandel. At
one point, I wasnít sure if I smelled the peppercorn or the wine. I do remember
not having to use a knife on the zinfandel. Though not overbearing, it boasted
a 15.1% alcohol. I was hoping for a doggy bag.
But the night was
not over. I still got to enjoy a glass of the 2007 Silver Label Cabernet
Sauvignon followed by the 2004 Olive Hill Cabernet. OK, so now my
taste buds are humming China Grove and singing Takin' It To the
Streets. Iím Doobíd up, in the groove; realizing life doesnít suck right
now. Conversation at the table is flowing, Wino John is connecting and running
down the list of every B.R. Cohn wine he has ingested since 1998. I did see
Danís eyes glaze over and roll to the back of his head twice while Wino John was
chatting. It kind of looked like when a shark gets ready to attack when they
show all white of their eyes. I was kind of scared for a moment.
moment came when Pam LaBell of Lauber pulled out the bottle of Special
Selection. Let me tell you, that wine still has time to rest in the bottle and
soften the edges of the tannins. Great bottle of wine and very well priced for
its pedigree. As I blissfully made love to my glass of Special Selection, a
bottle of Syrcab and a glass of 2007 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Port
danced about the plate of chocolate mousse cake.
The best part was
that no Doobie was hurt during the making of this great wine night.
Unfortunately, a nasty rumor was circulating that they are not really brothers.
I vehemently defended the fact that if itís their name for all these years they
must be brothers.
April 24, 2010
I must say, the Tree Tavern was rocking last night with a
near capacity crowd for the Back to Basics Supper Series. From the first pour
of the Est. 75 Sauvignon Blanc to the
fireside chat with the 2006 Faithful Hound,
there was a buzz and excitement about the night. Maybe it was the warm weather,
maybe it was the medium rare beef and mashed potatoes, or maybe it was the flow
of well-crafted value wines. The simple fare let the wines take front and
center stage. Mike and I were happy to hear the amount of positive comments we
got on the Scott Family Estate Pinot Noir.
Several people expressed that they were not big fans of pinot but the Scott
really opened their eyes. For me, it was the first whiff of its bouquet that
had me intrigued. At $18.55, I say this is a very good value. I believe we
opened some eyes with this wine.
The star of the night was the
Lummis Stratton Cabernet Sauvignon. A Napa cab for just under twenty
bucks? NFW! Way, wino boy. This cab showed well and delivered the
right amount of dark fruit flavors to lift the beef onto its shoulders and carry
it to the dessert platter. Though I didnít have the chance to experiment, a few
winos said the cabernet offset the sweet carrot cake very well. The supper
series is starting to take hold and we are learning with each event. Our aim is
to host a Friday and Saturday night event once a month. In addition, there are
some special events.
I am looking forward to next monthís supper series though
we donít have a menu yet. I am sure Mike will come up with something special.
See you there.
April 23, 2010
Life is pretty good when you can go out to dinner once or
twice a week. I had the occasion to dine out twice this week. So life must be
pretty good. Wednesday evening, I joined Mike to taste through some wines.
There were several worth adding to the cellar but the wine I was most impressed
with was the Terlato Cardinalís Peak. An
Angelina Jolie of a wine. Very well put together like in the movie Gigi.
Wowzers! A Bordeaux-style California wine that impresses from the first whiff
of the heady aroma. Mike also put the Terlato Stagís Leap cabernet sauvignon
into inventory. I canít wait to try that puppy.
At dinner last night, I had two wines I never heard of
before. One was a 2006 Robert Karl Claret. How smugly British. The
winery says this:
The 2006 Horse
Heaven Hills Claret (red wine) is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20%
Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec. The fruit was
sourced from our estate vines at Gunselman Bench, Andrews Horse Heaven
Ranch, McKinley Springs and Phinny Hill vineyards. It was aged in 70% French
oak and 30% American oak for 21 months, 50% of the oak was new. The ideal
consumption is 2 to 5 years from release date, but this wine will develop
for another 5-7 years. The alcohol by volume is 14.2%.
I appreciate the
blend but the wine did not have the robustness one comes to expect from claret.
Then again, I am not much up on boutique wineries from Spokane, WA. In fact, I
am not very knowledgeable of Washington State wines at all. As of right now, I
am not jumping onto the wagon. The second wine was the
2005 Showket Vineyards Asante Sana, a Tuscan-style wine from
Oakville. This wine had a brighter nose of dark cherry, plum and an herbaceous
hint. What I could not figure out was what the supporting grapes were for the
sangiovese. I even went as far as clicking on the wineryís web site. It did
say that 'Asante Sana' means, ďthank you very muchĒ in Swahili. I guess I will
have to have another bottle to see what else I can find in the mix.
Supper Series night and it is looking like a sizable crowd. Hopefully the
guests will enjoy the wines as much as Mike and I enjoyed selecting them.
April 19, 2010
If my math is correct 134 cases of wine is equal to 1608
bottles. Since I now am the proud owner of 2 bottles of the 1608, I control
0.0012437 per cent of the 2006 Mastery Wine allotment. The second release of
Las Vegas Master Sommelier Kevin Vogt is resting comfortably in my rack.
I have it on good authority that is wine stands toe-to-toe
with Insignia. As a premature uncorker, I have been instructed to wait six
months before officially tasting my first bottle. I hope I live long enough to
try this wine. I here by declare a BLOTY-fest on October 19th. I
hope thatís a Friday night. In this case, I will make an exception and drink on
a weekday. Only this time. If any one has enjoyed the 2005 release, please let
me know your thoughts.
April 15, 2010
Ouch! Tell me, how much wine do I need to consume to stop
the pain? Tax day, my God in heaven. Wow, I might not be able to sit for a
week. So what does one consume on Tax Day? Anything. Red, white, blush
and gin might be a start.
Well it wasnít a crazy night, just a simple bottle of
California cabernet. I needed something to keep the faith in America. The wine
had a subtext of BLOTY being comprised of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot,
3.5% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Tannat. OK, the
Tannat adds a new twist. Though Tannat has yet to receive official recognition
from the BATF, it adds a smoky plum tone. The wine,
2005 Simi Landslide Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, uses a touch.
As a friend to a medium rare steak, this wine delivers black cherry, plum and
mocha with a hint of cassis. There is a hint of caramel on the finish. Simi
has a long history in Sonoma.
Giuseppe and Pietro Simi founded Simi Winery in 1876. The brothers had
traveled from Tuscany, Italy, to California during the Gold Rush and by 1876
had settled in San Francisco where they began making wine.
When they discovered the rolling hills of Sonoma
County, they were reminded of home. In 1881 they moved their winemaking
operations to the little town of Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County, where
they completed construction of Simi's first stone cellar in 1890.
Hey sorry, too depressed to add
more. I need to meet the punt and drown my misery. I wrote the check and sent
it off and now have nothing left for wine purchasing. I will be drinking swill
or something someone gives me or water for a while. Hopefully, before the end
of 2010, I will be able to buy some wine and write something new. How does
water taste? If only someone can help me change water into wine Iíd be all set.
April 10, 2010
Not too often in one's life can you say you were there for
the end of an era. Last night was one of those rare opportunities for me.
Taken completely by surprise, I am shaken to the core. Yes, friends, the
convenience of me buying food and wine at the local Kings abruptly ended last
night at the stroke of 10pm. No longer will I be able to save time and gas
while purchasing a lamb shoulder and shiraz. Now, for the remaining days I have
on this earth, I will be forced to make two stops on a Saturday. Worst of all,
I will be forced to shop at Shop Rite with their crazy layout and no wine. The
traffic might be too much for me to handle, forcing me to eat the wild greenery
from my lawn as salad.
In tribute, I purchased some fresh seafood for this
eveningís dinner and a bottle of Australian cabernet to settle my nerves. The
devastation to my system continued when I saw the leveling of Milan. The
memories of cigar dinners, great pasta and enjoyable entertainment are left to
mounds of dirt and rubble. Itís happening folks, itís the new world order. The
Obama administration is changing everything that was good in my town. First
mandatory healthcare and now a separation of wine and couscous. The horror of
it all just might be too much for me to bear. I feel a grass roots wine
movement stirring inside me, or maybe a wine and eggplant rollatini stirring
inside. At this point I canít tell the difference.
As far as the wine, it was a
2008 Woolundry Rd Cabernet Sauvignon. For $9.99 it wasnít bad. I am
glad I ended on a good note. Mind you, it wasnít a great note, but for an easy
drinking casual red, I will drink it again. So I bid adieu to the good life and
now must search the neighborhood for a new place to shop. Damn you,
April 6, 2010
I guess I donít get it out here. Geek world convention is
Las Vegas with a bad economy. I am having a hard time with the wine by the
glass at our hotel bar, itís outrageous. I know some people come to Vegas and
let it all out but $20.00 for a glass of Geyser Peak cabernet sauvignon?
Come on, people. The economy is still bad. Why not bring people in and allow
them to enjoy a drink or two? Blue Moon is giving me a beer gut. I am afraid
to walk past the mini bar in the room in fear that the motion sensor will go off
and I will be billed for the bottle of Patron in the glassed casement. It's not
very busy in the hotel where the convention is held. Maybe it was Monday
night. Maybe people are in old Las Vegas where you can find a dollar crap
table. I would think a hotel would rather have people playing at a $5.00
minimum table than not playing at a $10.00 minimum. But Iím no Bugsy Segal.
After all the time out there, I only had one dinner that
included wine. We ate at the Daniel Boulud restaurant in the Wynn Hotel.
Interesting how well Vegas and Disney can create artificial environments that
envelop you to the point of altering reality. We dined on the deck near the
pond and enjoyed the large frog that sang, I Got Friends In Low Places.
Our host selected a bottle of 2005 Cliff Lede
Cabernet Sauvignon. Hailing from the
Stagís Leap district, this bottle paired well with dbís short ribs. A jasmine
and pepper nose immediately filled the bowl and the dark fruit bumped around
soft tannins to elevate the food. I havenít seen the Lede around my wine shops
but I will be on the lookout.
One note, Vegas sure puts a
red-hot poker up your keister with over charging for bottles. I am glad I
wasnít ordering the wine or paying the bill for that matter. And do I really
need a salad for $19.00. Is the lettuce treated any differently than the
lettuce I get for $6.00 at other places?
April 1, 2010
As I predicted, six weeks ago Wino John came out on a
Saturday night, now itís spring. Actually, even if it were the dead of winter,
Wino John would have joined me for our 1989 Bordeaux tasting at the Essex
County Wine Society. I think he can smell barnyard funk from two miles.
Seriously, this was no April Foolís prank. We did taste 1989 Bordeaux and Wino
John did come out of hiding. We were able to grab a quick dinner at Raymondís
on Church Street in Montclair, comfort food for the trendy. WJ started us off
with a 1989 Carruades de Lafite. Nicely
played. We finished up and had time to grab the aperitif at the tasting. Then
we settled in at a back table to enjoy the festivities.
The wines were divided into three flights. Like Goldie
Locks, the first two flights had a wine that was off, a wine that still had a
future and one that was just right now.
- this one was just right now
Chateau St. Pierre
- my first pour was musty and the second unimpressive
Chateau Poujeaux -
this wine could go several more years in the cellar
The third flight brought tranquility to the table and all
agreed it was the top flight of the night. Though we differed in which we liked
best of the three, they all had class and pedigree.
Lalande Ė eloquent. (WJ's Wine of the Night!)
Baron - my personal favorite of the night.
Chateau Lynch Bages
- didnít live up to the name.
That may be my only time to drink 1989 Bordeaux and I am
glad to have had the opportunity. Pricing is off the hook and I wonít be going
to any auctions in the near future. So for now, I register into my mental
databank the pleasure of these wines and look forward to next season to see what
else we have in store.
Spring dinner is around the corner, should be fun.
Bobís scale combining cost and
$- under 20
$$- 20-50 dollars
$$$$-75 to 100
$$$$$-100+ ( not
in the budget)
I will use an icon, ,
to rate my wines. The more icons, the better I liked it and would love
to share this bottle with some good food and my rat friends. WinoBob
Editor's Note: A while back, Bob went off on a
tangent and changed his icon to .
He does this just to make me crazy!!!.