This page contains Winings
from the 4th Quarter of the year 2001.
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Happy New Year to all and to all a
Good Night; I am not sorry to see 2001 go as the tech-geek market deeply
effected the non-Wino Bob side of Wino Bob’s Life. The highlight of the entire year was the 15-hour slugfest the
WinoStuff staff just concluded. As
you are aware, at midnight, the Year-of-the-Syrah will be but a page in the
annals of Wine History. The
sweeping of the second-hand will usher in a New Year and a New Grape to bear
resounding significance to the shaping of the world order. Five thousand years from now, the placemats at the local
Greek Diner will contain the information, “If you were Born in this Year- Your
Grape Sign is…” No longer will
we match ourselves to the Chinese pig, or rat, or snake; NO, we will cheer as we
find ourselves born in the Year-of-the-Gewürztraminer, or Pinot Noir, or
Yesterday, the end-of-year
planning meeting for the Grape selection committee was held behind closed doors.
It was hot and smoky; with chairs flying, vitriolic and incendiary
speech, cursing, spitting, and hurling. (that was just from the Winettes).
In the meeting, there was only one message that everyone wanted to make
clear. The Grape for 2002 will be
reflective of the feverous Jingoistic sentiment of the selection committee
members. At this suggestion, Wino
John spontaneously broke out into singing the National Anthem and jogging around
the room with an American Flag like Carl Lewis taking a victory lap at the 1992
Digging deep into the North
American Grape History Books, I suggested we Name Concorde as the Grape of the
New Year, being indigenous to the North East.
I then submitted the names of Scuppernong, Alexander, Catawba, Delaware,
Isabella, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Baco Noir, Cynthiana, Chambourcin, Marechal
Foch, Landot Noir, Colombard, Villard Noir, Steuben, Niagara, Vidal Blanc,
Labruscas and Chancellar. Wino John
stood up and stated, “Wino Bob, you are thinking too locally, those grapes may
make the best $7.00 wine in NJ, but we need this to be BIGGER! BIGGER and
REDDER! A Big RED, Hey how about Zinfandel.”
And so with a simple thought of
Big Bold Reds, which is usually all that Wino John thinks about anyway, the Year
2002 will forever be know as The-Year-of-the-Zin!
This is a wine that is believed to have origins in Italy, but Zinfandel
is nnow considered an “American Classic”.
This is a grape that pours out deep red and is a spicy, peppery wine of
dark cherry and berry flavors.
In honor of this New Year, I
toasted in 2002 with:
Ridge Zinfandel, Geyserville, Sonoma County $$ (22.00)
nectar of deep ruby cast, full-body and massive oak.
Black fruit and brown spices make this a lusty, full-length wine.
Not for the weak at heart.
I hope by now
you have settled down a bit from over indulging for the Holiday Season.
I will be doubling my exercise routine over the next month to get my
stickish figure back. I now look
like the letter “I” with a Capital “O” stuck to my stomach.
Stick figure or not, the older you get, the harder it is to keep from
ballooning up at the Holidays. I
guess the word "self-restraint" has yet to take hold with me.
have been much easier on those I exchange gifts with.
I used to be quite a handful, picky to say the least.
Shirts needed to be certain fabric and black (only) for those trendy
nights on the town. Other than NY
Giants sweatshirts and hats, there wasn’t much else I accepted without the
grumblings and faux smiles of a crotchety-old man.
Now I am a breeze, wine books or wine accessories.
With the construction of the new cellar, wine enthusiast peripherals were
much the rage.
One of the
gifts I received was a Book entitled, “Wine”