Archive for November, 2007

Thanksgiving (“you won’t want pumpkin again”)

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday.  It’s all about fellowship, food, family and friends.  It has nothing to do with religion or gifts.  I like the idea that all across America, people are sitting down and pretty much having the same thing for dinner.  Even those less fortunate are often able to have turkey for dinner.  Unity for your fellow Americans…Let’s Eat! (more…)

“we try the bad wines, so you don’t have to”

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

 I knew I would would not like it.  I actually knew I would hate it, but I bought it anyway.  Why did I but this bottle of wine?

 I bought this bottle to give it a second chance.  I bought this bottle to blog my displeasure.  I bought this bottle to give my myself something to complain about.  Something to take my mind off politics and the war in Iraq. 

2007 Beaujolais Nouveau.  Any year Beaujolais Nouveau (BN)…I don’t care, this stuff is absolutely horrible.  Some say it’s tradition.  I call it a waste of precious hepatocytes.  Send this vino to St. Elsewhere.  I’m not even going to describe how bad this stuff actually is…I would not even call it wine.

I was going to dissertate on BN.  I truely want to inform people about wine and the wine culture, but I’m not going to waste my time on this one.   Look it up on Wikipedia if you want to learn more about BN.

Our un-official motto is “we try the bad wines, so you don’t have to”  I’m going to consider changing the motto.

 Stay tuned, however, there are better days ahead.  Look for contributions from Anani and Mack.  We hope to have some videos soon (vinocasts).  My wines of the year!  Thanksgiving vino picks!  And a little something from Japan!


a quick note…

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

I had a dinner meeting with the folks involved with this website, Mack, Anani, and Michaelangelo.  We discussed multiple issues in regard to the direction of the site…but more on that later.

 A reader, Jonathan Branch, sent me a bottle of his Branch Cellars, Animae, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.  It was well received by the fellas.  This is a quick note while the flavors linger.  I decanted this wine at room temperature.  Beautiful, transparent ruby color.  Upon opening, the nose is young, but suprisingly full.  It has a distinctive cab aroma, surprising  for such a young wine.  Good fruit.  Moderate acidity, and very strong tannins.

 We let the wine decant over two hours.   The dark fruit flavors have come out to play.  Persistent strong, but now textured (layered) tannins.  The balance is asserting itself.  The finish is very long.  Impressively long.  Back to the fence long.  Bordeaux long.

 It’s young, as expected, but this sucker has legs.  Would hold for a minimum of three years.  A standout now, but will really improve over time.

 I am (insert pause for a sip) impressed.

 Bravo! Mr. Branch


Don’t Believe the Hype…1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

I have been very diasppointed with the 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon’s (CS).  I invested a lot of time, money, and space (in my cellar) for the ’97 Napa Cabs.  I started opening these wines last year and the hits have been few, and far between.  My disappointment is amplified by the fact that the 1997 vintage was the my first major purchase of wines of any kind.  Instead of a bottle here and there, I bought and cellared cases.  Lessons learned…

 I started buying my ’97 CS when they were released in ’99 and ’00.  I  made many of my purchases based on wine scores from the Wine Spectator.  At the time, I thought these were solid recommendations.   Let me tell you something about wine scores and reviews…when I was a child I believed in wine scores, but when I became a man, I put away my childish things, including my faith in wine scores. (more…)