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September 29, 2009
Next time you want a liquid dessert, try the 2008
Mollydooker The Boxer. It as a glass full of brownie topped with blueberry,
with a hint of vanilla and cedar. The Mollydooker brand has found itís
following through catchy names, cartoonish labels and youtube. Welcome to the
twenty-first century for the oldest libation in recorded history. I think the
Mollydooker "shake" video is intriguing enough to bring it out of a crowded pack
of Australian offerings. (No kangaroos, lizards or koala bears helps!)
The breadth of their offering, from mid twenty dollars to the one hundred plus
Velvet Glove, covers a wide range of the economy. Most important of all
is good product, and that they have. Call me a follower of trend but the
Marquis combo delivers. OK, Sarah Marquis delivers in the "shake" video...
Need I say more? At $25.00 this wine will be enjoyed by your guests.
September 27, 2009
What a great day the weather provided yesterday. I was
able to do more yard work. Actually, my yard work the last few weeks has
consisted of cleaning all the broken branches and dried stalks. The key has
been my Madden-recommended Ace Hardware purchase of a portable fire pit. What
was once a hibachi now comes with a wire mesh cover and bam, instant fire pit.
Now I can uncork a bottle of wine and sit in my Adirondack chair feeding the
beast. Twig after twig and branch after branch, I cleaned a large patch of
debris and enjoyed a great bottle of wine. If all yard work can be accomplished
with a cigar and a big red wine, call me Josť.
To get in my frame of mind for the process, I grabbed a red from Chile. It
wasnít just any red, it was a Migual Torres Conde de Superunder. This
blended red boasts 50% tempranillo supported by cabernet sauvignon, monastrell
and carmenere. The 2001 has bright red fruit deliciously suspended in a spicy
oak barrel. This wine really should be savored with food and not the smoky
accents of a fire pit. It brilliantly made the lawn work all the more
enjoyable. Take my advice, this is a wine to impress your friends with at your
In the span of
two days, celebrations abound as The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, turned 60, my late
father would have been 75 and our own Wino John turnedÖletís just say, old
bastard. And who was conspicuously missing from our celebration of his said
birthday? No, Bruce would have been there if he wasnít busy with his upcoming
concerts in Giant Stadium. It seems that WJ found a better offer minutes
before I ordered an appetizer. Undaunted, The Other Bob and I continued and
hardly noticed WJís absence. We both brought California Cabs for the dinner, as
it would have been Wino Jís first choice. I went quirky, TOB went classy. I
found out last night that classy rules.
fare of owner/chef Matt at Gourmet Cafť in Parsippany, I had the mussels
appetizer that was worth sobbing the sauce with good Italian bread. For the
main meal, I enjoyed the chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and spinach
over herb and tomato risotto. My quirk wine was B Side cabernet sauvignon
which showed bright promise in the nose and during its initial journey to the
palate. Unfortunately the wine seemed thin and lacked a robust finish bringing
disappointment and consternation to my high hopes. I was counting on this being
a find, but at the $34.99 pricing, I have to say I will not be buying this one
There was one
positive note, a great bottle, the true star of the night, accented by a great
conversation with chef /owner Matt. THe star was the 1999 Simi cabernet
sauvignon that TOB brought. Allow me to borrow from Borat for the moment,
wa wa wee wow!!!! This wine was in its sweet spot and had a formal tails
finish. Elegant and classy with soft and silky tannins that allowed the wine to
last for what seemed like hours. We should have bailed on the B Side halfway
through and savored the Simi. We toasted to WJ and lamented him not being there
to enjoy the treat, then we spent the rest of the night polishing off the
bottle. Happy Birthday big guy and you too Wino John, you old bastard.
September 20, 2009
OK, hereís one for the books... a supper club in
Manhattan that has a shooting range in the basement of their building.
Guests, after enjoying a cocktail and a few bottles of wine, are invited
downstairs to shoot. OK, itís a .22 rifle, but if not for the long history of
the club, I could not imagine going to NYCís ABC with a license application to
combine a rifle range and a broad C permit. I guess I am saying bring back the
good old days. With a gin gimlet and two bottles of Ferrari Carano Siena under
my belt, I took aim at the..., wait for it..., the Osama target for my 5 rounds
at 20 yards. OK, maybe alcohol does alter one's capabilities to focus, use
fine motor skills and to see more than one of something. I will say I hit the
target 4 out of 5 five times, unfortunately it was the target belonging to the
guy next to me. Bully for the right to honor the second and twenty-first
amendments while enjoying porcini ravioli in truffle cream sauce and delicately
refined Chilean Sea Bass. I say we need more establishments that combine
alcohol and guns allowing you to hone your skills on a full belly. Lord knows
alcohol and guns lead to many accidents. I say the more training we can obtain
for the proper use of firearms and weaponry, the better. Not to worry, I have
not been asked to join, especially after this past Friday evening. Even if I
was, I couldnít afford the bond let alone the monthly mandate. Most
importantly, I wouldnít join as they did not have the first wine I selected for
the table and embarrassingly had to make another choice. I will join no club
that doesnít cellar what it claims to have. I would like to be invited back to
shoot some more, but as far as a member, that would be preposterous.
September 16, 2009
Wino John has the server farm fixed and is back from the
NORAD-like bunker, Iíll drink to that. Actually, I was drinking before he fixed
the Uber-server. And what was I enjoying while he sweated and toiled day and
night? A had me a Chilean, a nicely made cabernet sauvignon from Colchagua
Valley. It was a 2088 Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva. This is a great TV
wine for a week night. (Oh, like you donít drink on week nights.) OK,
call me a wino, thank you. This one cost me $10.99 and has rich fruit, slight
oakiness and a vanilla finish. Thanks for fixing the servers, Wino John, and
allowing me to do what I do best. Hey, pass me the cork screw, Iím working
September 14, 2009
After a long summer, I am so glad the season has officially
started. All the preparations, all the hard work and the much-anticipated
kick-off dinner finally arrived. Yes, I said dinner. The 09-10 Essex
County Wine Society tasting season got off to a rousing start last night. I
think the wine tasted better since the Giants took their game over the Skins.
While Manning was testing out his receivers, we were testing out the culinary
expertise of Fascino in Montclair. Our first quarter started with
a Duval Leroy NV Champagne while snacking on Jonah Crab Cakes,
Pomegranate Chicken Skewers and Endive Spears with Red Beet Goat Cheese.
We then headed into the dining room to feast on the
decadent offerings of Chef/Partner Ryan DePersio.
Our first course was a 2005 Theirry et Pascale Matrot Meursault
which we balanced with a yellow fin tuna rollatini. The wine was delightfully
buttery but was dampened by the sesame vinaigrette washing the shaved fennel and
cucumber internal to the tuna.
The second course was a lovely 1999 Castello Banfi
Brunello di Montalcino suited to a ricotta gnocchi, sweet sausage Bolognese
and shaved pecorino romano. Say little; savor this match made in heaven.
The star of the night was a 2000 Ridge Monte Bello
sharing a huddle with tangerine honey-glazed rack of lamb, garlic-braised
broccoli rabe and potato fingerlings. You know I am a lamb head.
Unfortunately, the two chops I had on my plate served more fat than meat. The
little meat I had was tasty but sparing. The Monte Bello served up more to this
course than the food and that was fine with me.
We ended with a 2005 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux de
Layon Clos de Sainte Cathrine that would have been enough. We were treated
to a mela crocante, which turned out to simply mean hot apple crisp alamode, but
mela crocante carries more penache.
Great food and a fun table. That reminds me, if you are
looking for a way to start the holiday season, mark your calendar for November 1st.
The wine-related art works of my tablemate, Lyman Dally, will be on display at
the Gaelen Gallery East in West Orange. His show is titled Imagination Uncorked
and you can see his artwork at
October 8th is our first tasting of the season
at ECWS and we will be enjoying the works from Chateauneuf du Pape. Count
me in! Front row please.
September 11, 2009
Who Died on 9/11/01
September 8, 2009
What happened? It was just September 1st
and now, a week later, everything changed. The weather has been cool and the
"drive safely" signs have been hung like Christmas ornaments on the telephone
poles and school buses are back clogging traffic. Yesterday, the Wino Rockers
came for the grilling of meats and a few last summertime sips of wine. The
coolness in the air allowed post dinnertime enjoyment of a very red wine and the
inaugural burning of the outside fire pit. Yes, in what I hope will be within a
month, every twig, dead branch or weed will find its way into keeping me
occupied while I drink. The mess that has been collecting for years is now
being returned to ashes and dust from whence they came. There is nothing more
enjoyable then seeing well-seasoned wood burning while sipping a nice red wine.
Save snow, I am thinking I might have enough crap on my lawn that will allow
this event to take place well into February.
Yesterday, as the hamburgers and Nathanís dogs grilled for
the final summer bbq, Wino Rocker and I burned the brush and cleared new space
next to the shed. To fuel the action (ours, not the wood), we enjoyed a
well-polished 2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon. Not an everyday
wine for me at a $39.99 price tag. Yes, Wino Rocker, I said
FORTY DOLLARS. So itís not the estate cab, but this wine had great
blackberry, currant, and spice with a classy finish. A nice way to close out
the summer. (I am talking about the wine, not the wino. He will be here
In an unrelated note, what has become of the Jerry Lewis
telethon? I was settling down around 6:45 pm yesterday to sip the last droplets
from the Montelena bottle and I switched to My9. There was only a local metro
NY feed with local totals and no Jerry singing at the end. I know Ed couldnít
be there but I missed any of the earlier stuff to see if Jerry was on a
different channel. At five till seven pm, Gary US Bonds was joined by Tony
Orlando to sing off the event. So with another $60 million, are we going to
have any major breakthroughs next Labor Day?
My apologies to WinoBob and all you Bobophiles. I haven't been
able to post any updates for the last few weeks due to technical
difficulties beyond our control. The massive server farm that is
at the epicenter of WinoStuff.com was crippled by a very troublesome bit
of malware. It would appear that one of my "little angels"
downloaded "some songs" that contained more than just music. This
particular infection shut down all our antivirus and spyware software,
took away administrative rights, blocked Internet Explorer from visiting
any PC Security-related websites and popped up threatening messages
every 2 minutes. It was bad. Teams of software engineers
worked night and day to clean the systems. Kudos to the
evil-minded technodweebs who came up with that infection.
And now, back to
September 6, 2009
Happy poor working manís weekend. To all of us who wake
before the sun, toil hour upon hour just so the government can come and grab our
hard-earned dollars and give it to those who sleep till noon and work the
system, enjoy our day of recognition. The chill this morning hints of an early
fall. Last night, I enjoyed a bottle of 2002 Vigneti del Sol Montepulciano
díAbruzzo. Refreshingly bright red fruit and nicely balanced acidity. Last
night was a great weather night for the Montepulciano but this morning I am
thinking a heavier red will help warm this cool start. Today is ripe for a
cigar and fire pit and bold red to sit outside and watch the leaves turn as we
enjoy the calendar end of summer.
Happy Labor Day
August 31, 2009
When you donít like a wine, no problem, open a different bottle. That was what
redeemed my faith in Malbec. This Malbec,
DoŮa Paula Los Cardos Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
was complex with depth and aromas of violet and blackberry and serious flavors
of mocha, blueberry, sweet licorice and red plum. Unfortunately, I was not able
to get a gnat test on this wine, but the Wino Bob test likes this one. I am
saying, cigar 1, Malbec 1 at this point. At $8.99
this does rank in the ďwill drink againĒ class.
August 30, 2009
With summer screaming to a close, I had a few hours today
to sit on the porch and enjoy the refreshing breeze, low humidity, a cigar and
what I hoped would be a stand up Malbec. The weather and the Opus X redeemed
the day. The Malbec left me disappointed. I am a big proponent of Malbec as a
cigar companion, but this one will not be on my recommendation list. I was
hoping it would be a sleeper but it would better serve as a base for salad
dressing. The wine was a 2006 El Malbec de Ricardo Santos
that I bought for $8.99. The color had me
excited, it was a deep rich red/purple. I should have known something was up
when the gnat died instantly when it flew into my glass. Usually a gnat will
swim for awhile if the wine is good. Hell I saw a fly backstroking in my silver
oak one night. If a wine doesnít meet bug standards, I figuring it best be left
out of my cellar. At least the Opus X has flavor and richness and for a few
bucks more is worth the investment. Cigar 1 malbec 0.
To those of you headed
back to school, I am sure glad I donít have to worry about that anymore. Be
safe, study hard and make something worthwhile with your opportunity lest you be
relegated to smoking cigars and drinking wine and trying to run a goofy web
August 25, 2009
OK, I have been traveling and neglected to write in my wine
journal. I havenít gone crazy with wine but I did enjoy a few glasses of
Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon at the hotel bar in Chicago. I got mad at
the sommelier at Stetsonís Chop House for charging 92 dollars a
bottle for The Prisoner. I told him I would have ordered a bottle with
dinner but it was a rip off. He didnít come back to the table after he brought
the Justine Cabernet Sauvignon. I guess he shouldnít have asked me if I
had any questions...
Last night I was in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and sipped a
glass or two of 2005 Climbing Shiraz while I enjoyed the Lake view. I
never thought there was anything 55 miles north west of Green Bay. I found out
differently. I laughed entering Egg Harbor, Wisconsin as the sign read
"Population 250". But the most surprising to me was the number of wineries in
that part of Wisconsin. Hell, I didnít know there was any wine at all
there. I didnít get a chance to drink any local grape. I hope it wasnít all
cheese-flavored. The countryside was painted with dairy farms so I hope that
run-off doesnít taint the wine. If I get a chance, I will be hunting down a
bottle or two from here. I am on the outlook for some Door Peninsula Winery
Leon Millot or Marchel Foch. Move over Jersey, French hybrids are on
the loose. Lake Michigan influence might just be the answer.
Gotta run. More later...
August 19, 2009
ďIím sorry Mr. Berra, but no autographs right
now, Iím eating dinner.Ē OK, thatís what I was saying in my head. Actually
thatís what I was pretending as me and the Yogster ate dinner two tables away
from each other at Bistro 18 last night.
I think I could take him if he got wise, but his table remained in control, no
roughhousing. We on the other hand were drinking some great stuff that I
neglected to write down. I do remember having my first white rioja which was a
blend of seven grapes, few indigenous to Spain. And a Tablas Creek
"Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge" Paso Robles. Tablas
Creek Vineyard has a
that is firmly rooted in France's Rhone region and a present and future that are
being fully expressed in the Central Coast of California.
of Chateau de Beaucastel and
of Vineyard Brands have joined together to bring the vision of Tablas Creek
Vineyard to life. I am a big fan of the Beaucastel and this California Rhone
blend is very appealing. We also enjoyed a Quilceda Creek Columbia
Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This
Washington state cab was impressive but far too expensive for my change purse.
I will scramble to get the names of the others we enjoyed. I had a sea bass
special that was top shelf. This is my second time there and so far I am
impressed with the food. But, if you do see me eating there please, no
autographs. That even goes for you, YogiÖ
August 15, 2009
Last night, the three Amigos met the three Musketeers somewhere between the Tree
Tavern and Yasgurís Farm. As the fest consisted of only middle-aged white
guys, there werenít any drugs. Except for the small incident Big Bob had with
the lamb, there wasnít any other sex. But there was plenty of wine with our
rock and roll. As the spirit of the late sixties took control of the night, we
werenít going to conform to the ďmanĒ and drink our wines from light to heavy.
No, these six wannabe hippies were drinking what we wanted when we wanted. It
was, dare I say, a free-spirited drunkfest. The usual suspects showed up, some
Bordeaux wines, some California Big Ass Cabs and some newbies. I happened to
see a Chateauneuf in the mix and a Chapoutier Cote Rotie Les Becasses.
The roasted lamb was an exciting addition, though Big Bob
might have gotten too excited at a point. I reserved my lamb for the plate and
the mint curry sauce, an outstanding combination. For me, the RhŰne and
Californians outshined the Bordeaux. I brought a 1996 Calon Segur that seemed
pedestrian at best and disappointing at worst. WJ toted in a 1995 Chateau
Beychevelle that perked up after decanting but still left me longing for the
slap in the face of what turned out to be the wines I savored with my Fuentes
Opus X. The OB (other Bob) saved the day with some outstanding 1997 reds; a
Stagís Leap petite sirah that honored the GOTY and a Grgich cabernet sauvignon
that had me singing with Sly and the Family Stone to his Woodstock rendition of
Take Me Higher.
The night was capped off by the viewing of Woodstock
on the 102 inch HD screen that had me believing after all this time that I was
actually sitting on the hillside of Max Yasgurís property absorbing the vibe.
(Only to have a cold bucket of reality splashed about my face when I looked to
my left and saw Wino Rocker.) It made me guzzle the Trilogy to try to make him
disappear. It has been too long since the last fest and now that summer is
ending and the rigid routine of working life settles back in, I vote for another
fest in early October. Give me an F, give me an E, give me an S, give me a T,
whatís that spellÖÖÖ
The Other Bob bragging about his cork, I will leave the
jokes to youÖ.
August 13, 2009
I'm looking forward to tomorrowís cab/pinot/syrah/cigarfest.
You know how to cook a leg-o-lamb? I think I am throwing away our typical rules
of saving the best for last. Hell, at 11pm, I am too gone to enjoy the finest
of the vine. So tomorrow I will be cutting to the head of the line and dipping
into the ink well of life. It might get ugly but life is too short to stand in
line. Those interested in following the action, we will be twittering from @highpointwines,
join in the fun.
I thought I was Mr. New Jersey, not in the body builder
sense, or the pageantry crap, more in the pride of the Garden State sense. But
today I read an item that I was totally unaware of. Atlantic Cityís gambling
enterprises have an official slogan. I am guessing the What Happens in
Vegas... got them jealous so the brain trust of the gambling commission
spent millions to come up with..., sit..., please sit down for this one... Are
you ready? Brace for it, here it comesÖ "Always Turned ON".
What the f&#% is that? What genius thought up that 1970ís east village
underground club phrase? Have you been to AC? Have you watched Hookers
from Atlantic City on HBO? Christ on a cracker, that just makes no
sense. How about something like this.
Atlantic City - The crabs are
Atlantic City - Your friend who
didnít pay his vig is in the swamp
Atlantic City - All the hotel
rooms donít smell like this, only the ones with the dead bodies under the
mattress (might be too long for a bumper sticker)
Atlantic City - Itís still better
Atlantic City - Is that a roll of
nickels in your pocket or are you just happy to see me gramps?
Atlantic City - I got your Mr.
Peanut right here.
I got more, but I want to hear from youÖ.
Twenty five hours till festing beginsÖÖ
August 12, 2009
Reliving my youth is like a hangover. Or maybe it is just
a hangover? Either way, it was fun while I was in the middle of it then woke up
tired and realizing Iím old. This weekend is the fortieth anniversary of the
iconic fest of sex, drugs and rock and roll at Yasgurís Farm. So last night I
stuffed myself into the Wino Rockerís family mobile for what my head tried to
convince me was 1969 and on stage was the legendary group, CSN. The sixty plus
year olds forming a voice of a generation gave a night full of entertainment
with two plus hours of hits and experiments and yes, cover songs. Ruby
Tuesday and Uncle Johnís Cabin were a surprise;
Wooden Ships and Cathedral were mesmerizing while
Teach Your Children culminated the love-in. Stephen Stills, can still
rock the electric guitar and bring to life some old Buffalo Springfield. Graham
Nash is the glue trying to make the contentious relationship between Crosby and
Stills stay together long enough to hit the harmonies. The disjointedness was
palpable even through the lighting. Each was the center of attention for their
songs and the back up was simple background. No interaction, no fun graced the
performance. And David, new liver and all, looks like he just taped an episode
of Ice Road Truckers after an evening of carnal relations with a female walrus.
Setting time aside, they were together as much as could be expected and their
songs rang vocally better than I expected. David could still hold the ending of
Almost Cut My Hair. The boys did take a 15-minute break, I think
David needed to clean his blood, Stephen needed a drink and Graham needed a
power nap from the exhaustion of trying to get C and S to acknowledge each other
on stage. One more item off my bucket list. I just looked, with only 12 more
things on my list; I might be dead by this time next year. Hey is that guy next
to me hopped up on dope?
2008 Natura Carmenere COLCHAGUA
VALLEY Chile $ (8.99)
A blending of CarmenŤre(87%), Syrah(4%), Petit Verdot(4%),
Tempranillo(4%), nice robust bright cherry and strawberry flavors from these
certified organically grown grapes. Not a lot to think about, just enjoy.
August 4, 2009
Veedha means life in
Portuguese and life means wine in WinoStuff World. I enjoyed a bottle of red
from Douro (doo roo) last night. I am thinking that the $11.99 price, and the
blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca Tinta Roriz grapes makes this right
in my wheelhouse. This blend that typically becomes the base for port deliver a
nice combination of deep dark fruit flavors, a floral nose and nicely balanced
tannins. I recommend that you give this one a try,
Sogevinus 2007 Veedha Douro.
Let me know what you think.
July 31, 2009
BOHICA - Bend Over Here It Comes Again. There is a
new tax hike on hard liquor and wine in the Wall Street Wonderkindís new
budget. Heís brilliant in the way he handles the state.
Here's a look at the major tax increases that
we are facing in New Jersey:
Cigarettes: The state tax on
a pack of cigarettes rises today from $2.575 to $2.70, a hike of 12.5 cents.
The tax hike on packs of cigarettes is just the latest of many over the last
dozen years; it was just 80 cents in 1997. Expected to generate $26 million
for the state budget.
alcohol: The tax on bottles
of alcohol will go up 25 percent on Aug. 1. The tax, levied by the gallon,
will go from $4.40 to $5.50. The increase equates to about $1.10 on the 750
ml standard-sized bottle.
The tax on a gallon of wine will also go up by 25 percent, from 70 cents to
87.5 cents, on Aug. 1. The tax hike equates to about 17 cents on a
standard-sized bottle. Wine and hard alcohol taxes expected to generate a
total of $26 million for the state.
Incomes: The state income
tax rates for those earning more than $400,000 will be higher for the tax
year that began on Jan. 1. Married couples and single filers will pay an 8
percent rate on income earned from $400,000 to $500,000 -- up from the 6.37
percent rate. The rate on income from $500,000 to $1 million will now be
10.25 percent, up from 8.97 percent. And income earned over the million
dollar mark will now be taxed at a 10.75 percent rate, second highest rate
in the nation, behind only Hawaii.
- In addition, those earning more than
$250,000 also get hit by the elimination of a property tax deduction next
year. The income tax changes expected to generate at least $1 billion for
the state budget.
Corporate business liabilities:
A 4 percent surcharge on corporate business tax liabilities that began in
2007 will be extended through 2010. Expected to generate $80 million.
It's time to throw the wine in the
harborÖwait, thatís not right. Canít a brotha catch a break? New Jersey, you
know what you have to do in November.
July 24, 2009
Wow, sorry, I have been tied up with a project that has
left me little time to write and somewhat less time to drink. OK, maybe I did
have time to drink but the writing part of the project left me numb. I finished
that today and I am back to having time to update my peeps.
First, I want to give a big thanks to Lisa and Darcy of
Only2degrees radio. Not only were the radio wild women kind enough to sit and
grab a drink during their whirlwind tour of the east coast, they mentioned
WinoStuff on their interview on Lionel. OK, Lionel is on Air America and only
heard by a few thousand people. Still it was a nice thing for them to do. One
day, when they are huge nationally-syndicated radio hosts and wonít take my
obnoxious emails or continual texting, I could at least replay the interview I
did on their show to prove I once was part of their meteoric rise to stardom.
Sadly, no wine was consumed.
The excitement came this week when Mike and I met with
Michael Seltzer, the Director of Operations for ZenZen Wines USA. Michael was
nice enough to bring a sample to High Point Wines and show the offerings from
Peter Brum. I admit up front that I havenít tried many German wines. There are
several we will be bringing into inventory. The one that caught my eye
immediately is the Peter Brum Goldsparkler. This sparkling wine made from 60%
trebbiano, 20% riesling, 10% rivaner and 10% airen (I really know nothing about
rivaner and airen) is crisp and clean, fizzy and best of all contains 24kt golf
leaf flakes. Yes, a sparkling wine snow globe. Perfect.
From now on I will be celebrating those special occasions
with liquid gold.
This will be a front-page feature at
http://www.highpointwines.com for the next few weeks at a special price.
Check it out.
July 10, 2009
One bottle does not make the lot but one bottle has me
thinking twice. During my Bordeaux book reading time, I purchased a few white
Bordeaux wines. Last night while watching the tribute to Billy Mays and trying
to blank out the poor jobs market, I opened a white Bordeaux. I just a thought,
with unemployment at a 26 year high and poised to hit 10%, has anyone analyzed
what the minimum wage hike has contributed to this mess? I know I am not an
economist, but that doesnít seem important to this administration as copped to
by the Vice President this week. Could you imagine if a ranking member from
another administration stated clearly they didnít know how bad the economy was
when the developed a recovery plan? Isnít that their job? They have all
the intel... So, if you donít know, then why develop something, push it
through as the only thing that can save the day? In this business climate, one
has to think before hiring a person even at minimum wage, which makes us so
uncompetitive on the global compensation charts. What concerns me now is that
our defense contractors are laying off workers. Our tax dollars are not flowing
to the new technologies necessary to stay one step ahead of this crazy world.
Hi, Iím Billy Mays for crappy white wine from France.
(Celebrity typing impersonated by Wino Bob). Bill and Ed got their starts
working fairs and boardwalks as pitchmen. Both made it big. Maybe I need a new
career. Hi, Iím Wino Bob for The Magical Red Wine Stain Removing Elixir.
Quick, call the Atlantic City boardwalk! I have time this weekend.
This 50% Semillon and 50% sauvignon blanc was flat, lacked
vibrancy or complexity. Disappointed in this one and I will not be buying it
2007 Clos du Hez Graves - pass.
July 8, 2009
I figured out the July 4th wine dilemma. I went
with a good old California red from a winery originally founded by a British
actress back in 1888. She fancied herself the greatest claret maker in the
USA. Ms. Langtry sold the property in 1906 and the property went into
disarray. It was revitalized in the early sixties through monies from an
investment firm. In 1981 the Guenoc Valley was formally designated an AVA and
the winery regained its grandeur. This was once a great British property on
American soil. Britain got weakened and unseated. Americans came to the
rescue. How many times has that scene played out in history?
So my 'go to' wine to make this 4th of July
meaningful, in a wino way, was the 2006 Guenoc Victorian Claret North Coast.
At a price of $16.99, I think this one is
terrific. There is a cinnamon and raspberry nose but the wine drops dark
cherry, chocolate and sweet tobacco on the palate. The tannins are subtle but
present enough to make this a wine for the next two years. This one is worth
July 6, 2009
Look, I am a gadget geek. This one baffles me. I guess
for the switch hitters out there, a company felt the need to invent the bi-wine
glass, or as they call it, a ďuniversalĒ wine stem.
The bi-glass contains attributes of the classic red
Burgundy and a chardonnay bowl designs. By rotating into your taste zone, the
stem accepts both reds and whites to enhance the bouquet of the wine by being an
aerator or a concentrator. Itís two (click) two glasses in one. OK, the
obvious questions arise.
that cheap that you canít afford a red and a white wine glass?
happens if I drink the red wine from the white side and visa versa?
Harald Grundl and why is he mixing my stemware?
you get off charging $94.00 for two of these things?
offer a bi-decanter?
have a Big Ass Cab taste zone?
wine did Harald Grundl consume when he thought this was a brilliant idea?
Was it a red wine or a white wine?
sobered up why did he still think this was a brilliant idea?
design patent attorney have to expend energy on this?
design engineers laughing their asses off?
Lord knows I have a cigar box full of drunken brilliant
ideas. So hereís to you, Harald Grundl, best of luck with that bi-glass you got
July 4, 2009
Happy Independence Day America. We long for the brilliance
and forward thinking that our Founding Fathers exacted in forming this great
nation. Would the politicians of today be able craft such a country if we were
trying to become independent from Britain? I watched some of the HBO series
Adams again last night. It saddened me to see what we have turned our
elected officials into when contrasted to those who argued, debated, crafted and
fought to a new nation.
Due to my lack of wine review in my last posting, I opened
a wine before I watched Adams. I am mad it was not an American wine. Actually
I was mad it wasnít a good wine and that it wasnít an American produced wine.
(I think I just broke a writing rule by using the word wine 5 times so closely
OK, I think I was madder that the wine sucked since
yesterday was only July 3rd. Today I will drink American and
appreciate the courage and dedication of those who declared the birth of a
nation. HAPPY 4th of JULY.
2007 Boekenhoutskloot Franschhoek The Wolftrap SA
I was excited about the blend of 68%
syrah, 30% mourvedre and 2% Viognier but the wine was harsh and immature.
July 3, 2009
OK, yell if you like, donít read if you donít want to
because Iím telling you right up front, no wine in this entry. In fact, we
drank beer all night and it wasnít a flashy micro brew to qualify this as a beer
page entry either.
Yesterday, it was a deluge in the early afternoon. I was
driving on the Garden State Parkway and traffic was horrific, visibility was
diminished and I was stressing. Inching along, I picked my way to the right
hand lane and detoured to plan B. What I failed to see on the exit sign was I
got off at exit 1977. It turned out to be a great area. OK, there is no exit
1977 off the GSP. Actually, I met up with Wino Odd Job and we headed over to
the Stone Pony in Asbury Park for an historic evening of great music by Jerseyís
red-headed stepchild. It was a balmy 78 degrees as the moon rose over the
Atlantic and the now whiskey-voiced Southside Johnny led the Asbury Jukes and
the crowd on a winding road of great songs that never had the commercial success
of Springsteen or Bon Jovi. The 61-year-old John Lyon (Southside Johnny) gave
his heart and soul to the local crowd as he opened up the new concert season at
the Pony. He belts out lyrics with the energy and conviction of a warm up band
trying get noticed, never once considering to kick back during the two hour and
twenty minutes of stage time. Though I never got to see him on his way up, I
didnít feel like I was seeing him on his way down. And as he was bringing down
the final encore, I realized, I didnít want to go home. It was a great show as
the Jersey shore sounds filled the night air across from the boardwalk. Too bad
Wino Rocker is out at sea enjoying a cruise. It was a show he would have
embraced. Hope you are in rough seas and hanging over the rail offering your
last buffet to the ocean Gods.
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!!!.