Marching towards the Bird (but not a BCS Bowl)

dux1 zinfandel syrah sauvignon blanc new zealand napa grenache gigondas dessert Being an SC football fan is a lot like loving Barolo and Burgundy. You hope every year will bring a championship banner but it just cannot be. Just like with Burgundy, we never really understand why every bottle labeled Chambertin is not championship quality. And, like USC football, there is always a year that just does not measure up to the highest expectations of the only team in this cow town that has a chance of realizing high expectations. Like 1995 in the Cotes de Beaune and Piemonte…nnhhh. Those Toe-jams just about broke Mrs. tBoW’s Cardinal & Gold spirit!
Thank goodness there is always The Bird. Thanksgiving approaches and we have to start thinking about wines to serve. Let’s be honest. I’m talkin’ Dotor√© honest. The tension is between serving the lumpen good wine while simultaneously matching a wine to the demands of an over-the-top meal. It’s like wine calculus! This day of celebration demands some great wines. We have the time to enjoy but we cannot throw pearls before turkeys. Or can we? [ed. how ’bout Ducks or Huskies]. It is the season of giving. Pour a decent Pinot Noir – Willamette or Cotes de Nuits – then follow it with an older Barolo. (more…)

Sub-conscious wines

Monforte view downhill nebbiolo mendoza malbec gamay beaujolais barolo The power of the subconscious has revealed itself to me. tBoW thought he was writing about three very nice wines and it turns out, in retrospect, he was writing about his three favorite and most reliable wines and wine regions in this current economic collapse. They represent the best in the cellar, the best U20 [ed. criminittly! it’s a U10!] of what can be found with a bit of labor, and the best wine-for-wine region year in and year out. To summarize…value, perfection and the steal of 2009…so far. (more…)

Holiday treats and Seasonal corkings

la morra 07 thumb tempranillo syrah sauvignon blanc rioja alta paso robles napa mourvedre merlot grenache cabernet sauvignon bourdeaux It’s Christmas Eve as I write this. The Godfather is on, everyone is chillin’. Tomorrow is the big party. Tamales, honey-baked ham. Mama’s lasagna and many U20 wines from Dar-dee’s cellar and those of our guests. So I want to get these notes down in advance since there will be many more tomorrow…I hope. We opened these wines over the past week, some with company and some on our own. All in all, a very nice group…of wines.
How about this 2007 photo of a Piemontese La Morra vineyard? My cousin’s 12 year old son took it. Think he will learn to enjoy wine? I think so. (more…)

Tis the season for raiding cellars!!

santa elves1 copy thumb syrah pinot noir paso robles nebbiolo mourvedre grenache barolo Holidays at the end of the year are a great time for going into the wine cellar (collection, closet) and picking out stuff you forgot about or have been holding onto for a special occasion. Enter St. Nick (yourself) and the merry elves (your wine tasting pals).
This season I have already busted out four cellar finds. (more…)