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It finally happened

21 May

I inadvertently had a birth year wine. Sadly much like me from the womb most of this was jettisoned into the bushes on the Warner Brother lot.

Just kidding I was a C-section child. Hence my perfectly shaped head. And all my WB movie lot experience to date has been scrambling around with a headshot trying to find whatever casting office called me in. And laughing at tourists on trams who are hoping they will see a celebrity. And last time I was there doing some contortion for a horror movie. Good times.

I had dreamt of birth year wine. I didn’t plan on this. I’m not particularly fond of Gewurtz but this one was thankfully not a lychee bomb. It was pretty damn elegant.

It found its way into my glass as I was a volunteer sommelier assisting the winemakers at Winemasters, a gigantic wine and food event held on the WB lot to benefit cystic fibrosis.

I’d already had an exhilarating night as I’d met the maker of my favorite affordable buy. Joel Peterson was there pouring Ravenswood and I FANGIRLED out. And my friends from TOP were there with beautiful Roussanne and Syrah from Paso Robles. Elena and Stanley are the best. Get your hands on their vino.

The actual event was over and I was partying onnnnn with some of the patrons I knew who had actually bought tickets–admittedly being a volunteer was part me attempting philanthropy and part me finding a way to attend. But some of these ticket holders had brought their own amazing wine collections.

I’d left the table and was snapping up cheeses and water crackers leftover at the Beverly Hills Cheese shops’ station. One of the event organizers was nearby and poured the Stony Hill into my glass. I sipped, slurped, nodded in approval and propelled was was in my mouth into the nearby bushes. Not because it was bad but because it was probably the 30th thing I’d tasted and I was headed back to the table where a 1965 Wente Pinot, a 2000 Tempier Bandol, and even more treasures were being bandied about like they were wine coolers.

But I gasped when I saw the year. Finally! A birth year wine. Now to find that birth year Port I dream of…I should volunteer more though. Rising tides lift all boats.

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New column! Crack the Dom Ruinart!

11 May

I’m going to be contributing to Delectable–first column here! For those of you not aware Delectable is the app arm of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous. It serves as both a way to keep track of what you drink, and a way to see what others are saying and drinking! I’ve actually made friends using it. Do take a read of what I titled:

The Big Guys V The Rest of the World

For my first column I spent the weekend at Effervescence LA, a three day celebration of bubbles, and wrote about the difference between Champagne and other traditional method sparklers. Check it out! I’ll still be putting things up on Scrumptious Gruel, and The Whine Situation podcast is coming up on a one year anniversary so there is much to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who is tuning in to any and all of my wino exploits. Someday I wish to toast with every one of you.

Band wine

14 Apr

Omigosh Dave Matthews makes wine. This dude:

And it’s for a good cause! Dreaming Tree sent me these wines and told me “In celebration of Earth Day, The Dreaming Tree is excited to announce their first “Buy One Bottle, Plant One Tree” program this year! From Sunday, April 15 through Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, environmental conservation partner Living Lands and Waters will plant one tree for every bottle of The Dreaming Tree Wines sold, with a goal of planting up to 80,000 trees.”

Yayyy plants! But are the wines tasty?

The Chardonnay tastes like California Chardonnay–without being too much of an oak-bomb. It has some vanilla and oak and goddamn is that a tree growing? The Cab was my fave tho, of the stuff they sent me. Like the Chard it is approachable. Don’t expect something crazzzzzzy but it is shippable and approachable: even Sean McKenzie, Dave Matthews’ “guy” just calls this approachable and I find it perfect for the price point. Uncomplicated and perhaps not perfectly balanced but totally friendly and DAMN a new tree planted plus this?!

And damn once upon a time when I was a teen I went to a bar in Paris and the Dave Matthews Band was playing and I loved watching the violin player and music live is amazing so I’m down with this guy being into wine. There is something about watching musicians perform live and when I saw DM I saw the passion.

Dave, let’s get some vino? Your wine (for the price and tree-planting) is above average for the price so if y’all want some wine that does good and is good value get the hell in. Dreaming Tree: listen and learn and just drink. Yum.

Masters and Merlot

18 Mar

Oh hey now I’m a certified somm! I went and took the Court of Master Sommeliers’ certified test this last Wednesday. I only told my friend who was helping me practice I was doing the test, as I wasn’t sure I’d pass. You have to blind taste four wines, take a theory test and do a service portion in which you serve a Master Somm–I was assigned to serve Tim Gaiser, one of my wine heroes! Seriously his blog posts on blind-tasting saw me through my practice. During service they have you do all sorts of wine things like opening and serving bubbly (nerve-wracking) while quizzing you about wine, food pairing, liquor and more (only nerve-wracking for a fact-memorizing nerd like me because I was scared of spilling things and breaking things). I really was unsure if I could pass–you have to pass each part so it does not matter if I aced theory if I didn’t pass another part. Only about 12 of around 40 people passed. Crazy. As I looked around at my fellow candidates, all of us attempting not to guzzle the I’m so relieved.

I’ve been doing nothing but tasting wines on the list of the Court’s testable varieties for a couple of weeks. Sadly the only Merlot they test is that of California or right bank Bordeaux and I’ve had these Washington wines staring at me begging me to drink them. And now I can without worrying I’m wasting precious taste-bud power. I can’t wait to drink weird wines for a while now. Not to mention cocktails. Until I apply for Advanced. D’oh. Although the testing list of wines for that level is more extensive.

I’ve been a fan of Columbia Winery for some time. They do solid work. I got an assortment of their wine from the ever-so-good-to-me Gallo publicist! It’s a chilly LA evening and nothing says cozy vibes like their 2015 Merlot.

This one is all I could hope for in terms of new world Merlot. It reeks of ultra ripe blackberry, boysenberry, strawberry, and red plum. Almost jammy. A hint of spice likely born of oak. I jumped in. It is a blackberry pie that is not too sweet. Not complex per say but it doesn’t need to be. It is a bed with purple cashmere blankets I cannot wait to rest my head on. Which is to say I am finishing the bottle. Go team me! Go team Merlot.

Total knockouts, both of us.

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Wine Love, Love Wine

10 Feb

Okay I just needed to post some sexy wine. Because Valentine’s Day. Which I will be spending on a platonic double date with my best friend and a married couple we hang out with. People surely see us and assume that we are two couples on a date together by nah. My bestie and I are platonic.

I can’t wait. V-day plans with friends are the best. But being friends does not preclude the four of us drinking sexy wines and eating sexy foods and generally having a beautiful time because we all love each other.

So ZIN. I’m a Zinfandel nut. Luv Love LURVE Zin.

Got this in the mail free incidentally but this is like one of ten bottles I feel like speaking of.

And okay this is a Zin/petite sirah/tannat/teroldego blend.

If you are a wine snob shut up. It’s okay. If you judge me talking of this you won’t like it as you’ve decided not to. This wine is not Chateauneuf-du-Pape and shouldn’t be it is just yummy and silky and zippy and fucking-A why not sexy.

Also sexy is not being worried about money. And this wine will not concern you. Have I had wines I would put…oh in another level? Maybe. But whatever. I first encountered Dark Horse at a fave LA restaurant, Mess Hall. That’s suitable pedigree to me.

Then on the podcast we asked peeps for their favorite grocery store wine and Dark Horse came up. Then this bottle showed up and I cracked it and decided it was a wine to share with loved ones.

Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend

Yay. So friend V-day notes. This wine is overwhelming at first and then you want more.

Tasting notes let us go: deep ruby purple to the eye with thick slow tears. Dry, medium acid, medium tannins, medium plus alcohol. Voluptuous body. Dark cherries, raisins, leather, licorice, baking spices and dirt.

Yum dirt.

Finish is medium. It goes on a wee bit but is consistent.

Yum. I’m into it. I’m into affordable numminess.

Love. Sexy full-bodied love.

love you too

Jura (sic)

14 Jan

Actually it is not a (sic) mainly that’s my way of saying I’m delving back into memoir-editing hell. Am I young to have a memoir? Maybe but read it and you’ll see why I needed one. I’ve journeyed a ways.

Ugh that.

But wine! This wine is from the Jura so named because of the Jurassic epoch. Era? Maybe all this should have (sic) after it indicating I fucked up.

But I did not f up buying this wine from ye olde Garagiste as I do. As always I wish I’d invested in more bottles but I’ll cherish this one. The Jura, lying between Burgundy and Switzerland is where this 2015 Benedicte et Stephane Tissot Arbois Rouge “D.D.” hails from and as such includes the trademark Jura red grapes Poulsard and Trousseau along with perennial fave Pinot Noir.

Color belies taste. It appears ever so slightly cloudy brick fading to garnet red. The minerality and acid explode on the tongue.

It is a work of art that zings on the tongue as if carbonated except it is not. Flavors explode from pastilles and flowers to boysenberry then candied lavendar then cherry with this percolation of green herbs under all. Meanwhile the aforementioned carbonated notes have you wondering if effervescent elves are still dancing on your gums and tongue or maybe you are just drinking an energy drink wine?

Like someone is going to invent an energy drink wine someday right?

It’s where all the Red Bull/vodka drinkers will decamp to next right?

Anyway close your eyes and take a sip of this and you see a slightly blue-toned version of the Dubouef pics on Beaujolais nouveau bottles oh hell you see some sort of floral watercolor then a real life waterfall falls over you and you are energized and relaxed in a way Red Bull never could dream of achieving.

No offense Red Bull at one time I loved you mixed with the Mandarin orange flavored vodka you have a place in every Midwesterner’s young soul somewhere. But I would put a giganto(sic) bottle by that drink era (Epoch?) in my memoir worthy life. And move on to the perfectly phrased “I’ll have the Arbois rouge” time.

I’m here.

It’s good.

Shower wine?

13 Dec

I keep hearing of people who are so busy, so stressed, SO MULTITASKING they are drinking in the shower.

All this seems unnecessary to me? Like I could see tub booze if you are a soaker but…what the hell I was curious if wine in the shower was that delightful.

My consensus was it is. But only because other people said it was. Like only because I’m telling you I found a glass slender enough not to let the shower water in and chilled enough the shower didn’t make it unacceptably warm and wtf why the fuck are y’all ENJOYING booze in the bath?!

I think anything edible should not be in the bathroom. Chocolate in bed?! Ok. Wine in bed?! If you are careful. Wine in the shower? Nah. I cannot endorse.

This message brought to you by a concerned wino.