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Cocktail TED talk

9 Feb

    
Hey dudes! No recipe or recommendations today because…I have been prepping all week to see just how much basic cocktail knowledge I can give in 8-10 minutes Wednesday night. The show will also feature talks about everything ranging from Horse Psychology to The Black Panther Party to Iceland.More info: https://ucbtheatre.com/show/5392

Come play!

a cab for the sipping

27 Jan

  
Quite good

Even if you are not multitasking by eating scrumptious organic blood oranges

By the way I doubt this would be the recommended pairing to blood oranges but I don’t think any wine would, I was just hungry

At any rate the oranges did not detract from my enjoyment of this wine

I opened and sipped immediately but preferred it after it got a little bit of breathing time

It is hearty but balanced

Full to medium body

Oh yes:

2012 SIMI Landslide Vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

That is what we are drinking this week

Medium tannins

I taste dried plums

Currants, that is what I taste too

I mentioned that there is some oak happening in there yah? oh yah I did

What else? A bit of acidity braces the sides of my tongue, a nice balance to the prickly plushness of those tannins

A hint of cocoa

Simi says make jelly with this.

I say that is not a terrible plan but I’d rather sip it

Do the sip it is good

zin sin

20 Jan

Yes there is lipstick on my nose.

  
Which do you suppose is worse? Never having loved or never being loved back? 

I say the former is worse because being in love is a sublime thing.

Also, I am in love with this wine. Being an inanimate object it is not capable of love rendering previous ponderings moot.

In other words: it’s all good.

Homefire of Sonoma 2012 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel–Daydream Vineyard

The body is medium and well-proportioned. Neither a Marilyn nor a waif.

There are cherries and berries.

Silk. It is rather silky like um, silk. But better tasting. 

I like the bottle you guys, even though I saw “Daydream vineyard” and was worried I was about to dive into some hippie shit. But the good ol’ Dry Creek Valley did not let me down. 

Thanks to Silver Lake wine for steering me to this gem. It was the perfect date.

UNTI-L I get to Dry Creek Valley

6 Jan

What happens when I’m too lazy to get my tripod out:

  
I hold the bottle with my knees.

Oh my. Thank god for friends on wine apps like good ol’ Delectable. I mean, you guysssss, what did we do before wine apps? Ugh.

My chum from high school made a delightful metaphor about how he just had to keep workin’ his way through this bottle. Such a delightful metaphor I went out and got some. You’d have to see the metaphor i.e. I just want more buddies on the app.

But This Wine. I’ll tell you about it on the off-chance you aren’t gonna download and actively use a wine app.

2012 Unti Dry Creek Valley Grenache
15.1 ABV. 85 percent Grenache with un peux Syrah. Wait is it une peu? These days I only know ballet French.

Like ballet, wine exults in balance and this is balanced in the perfect way, as in it is balanced but not bland. It is distinguished. Fresh on the nose, almost pears? A dark and ruby Grenache with your daily recommended value of tannins.

Smooth strawberries followed by love.

And yet there is something a bit quirky about it. Fruit glides smoothly over your tongue then surprises you with mouthwatering acidity that somehow is plush at the same time. It’s like someone who can pull off a sensible pantsuit with a pair of epic stilettos. Or someone with a hat. Anyone with an unnecessary hat has to be a little bit off-center. But in a delightful way.

Just as you are reveling in the berries and forest nymphs dancing over your tongue you swallow and the tannins glue your tongue to the top of your mouth, but only for one brief nanosecond and then the bristles fade into raspberry velvet. 

So picture that this wine is a sophisticated brunette in a natty suit who is sporting a fuchsia fascinator and making it work for her.

I hear that Dry Creek Valley is rife with gems like this. I am excited to see what characters I encounter next.

6 awesome and 7 lucky

30 Dec

  
So, shall we suppose that a wine named 667 is almost wicked awesome and but instead just very awesome but also lucky? We shall. And so shall we suppose that this is a fine balance of the simple joys? We shall. We shall suppose it balances awesomeness and luck.

Noble Vines 2013 667 Pinot Noir from Monterey, California

The first number refers to the year, duh. 2013 BCE. The number 667 speaks refers to the specific clone of the pinot noir grape. It is a grape that enjoys a cooler climate. Because awesome wines are also supes cool.

It is so cool. As cool as saying you like pinot noir is.

667 is a newer French “Dijon” clone.

It is darker (like my soul).

It is 14.5% alcohol. Who knows about me, that depends on time of day for my soul (12-97%).

It is structured (very like my soul–sometimes unfortunately–for my soul and not unfortunately for the wine).

It speaks of plums and dark cherries to my taste buds (unlike my soul which does not speak to my soul).

Deliciously dark in color for a pinot noir.

Cocoa and plum on the nose.

More more more plum and plush cherry on the tongue.

Oh so slight tannins.

You could drink this wine until kingdom come.

So if the Kingdom of Vino comes, feel free to try some other things, but this wine will offend not a soul. Maybe serve with a meal like, say, a holiday meal with gajillions of flavors. Neither a soul nor flavor could object. Not even Aunty Esther or her Brussel Sprouts Surprise.

It is a Good Wine. Very Good.

a wee cocktail

23 Dec

Nothing says fun like a girl and her chard frond.  
I made a drink. I finally made a drink I liked Chartreuse in. So that is exciting. And I also made a drink using this scrumdiddlyumptious ginger limeade that the lovely people of Evolution Fresh sent me.
I mean, I like the lime aid on its lonesome too. It is fresh and spicy and I could guzzle it. Or I could add booze. I added booze.
Gin-Gin Lime
2 1/2 oz. Evolution Fresh Ginger Limeade
1 oz. gin
1/4 oz. green Chartreuse
1/8 oz. Fernet Branca
ginger ale (preferably Vernor’s in my household)
Shake up all but the ginger ale. Strain into a glass and top with ginger ale to your taste.

whisk(e)y wednesday

16 Dec

  
I went to a whiskey tasting! I went to a whisky tasting! With and e and without! Actually they called it a whisk(e)y tasting. Just to cover all bases.

Diageo hosted a lil’ shindig on the Jimmy Kimmel backlot with Adam Perry Lang tending to food, and quite a few brands of whiskey tending to the alcohol: Bulleit, Blade and Bow, George Dickel, Crown Royal, and I.W. Harper.I got to taste a pretty marvelous blade and Bow 22-year-old bourbon. Master of Whisk(e)y Ed Adams was there to guide my tasting. He had me swish it about in my mouth around 10-15 seconds then swallow and immediately exhale. The exhaling really keeps you from getting the burning sensation. And brings a lot of flavors to the forefront. The surprise of the night was the Crown Royal Hand-Selected. It is a coffey rye, and if I am recalling correctly the “coffey” has to do with the type of still they use. It was one of my favorite things I tasted all night.

They sent us home with a bottle of George Dickel Rye which was super since I was about to run out of rye. I thanked my lucky stars.

  And kissed the bottle.

I tested it against my most recent rye of choice that I can get at the supermarket: Templeton. My most-favoritest rye of choice in my limited rye tasting was Woodinville Whiskey’s rye that was 100 percent rye. Then Templeton. And….I think Dickel may be my fave more than Templeton. It is thicker than Templeton and rougher, but in a good way. There is a wee bit of honey upfront and then some spices on the finish. I really wish I had better notes to give you. Lemme just tell you I’m down with the Dickel. 

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