New  »   Gator Country  ·  Pony  ·  Sunshine Jen  ·  Post-Modern Drunkard  ·  Robot Journal

all comments

post #38
bio: rich

first post
that week
my links

Things Drunk

Category List
Facts Learned
Guest Posts
Things Bought
Things Drunk
Wine Club
Wine of the Month

Share This

Previous Posts
The Dorkiest Wine of Summer 2012
Let's open that bottle of bubbly with a knife
Santa brought me an Ah So
Wine of the Month: Malbec
I like drinking wine. I also like buying wine.
Things Drunk: 1970 López de Heredia Vina Tondonia

My Links
Frankly Wines
Slate: 1947 Cheval Blanc
Free Run Juice
NYT Travel: Tavel
USB Wine
DIY Wine Cellar

«« past   |   future »»

Wine Dork Dinners at Apiary: May

Wine Dinners at Apiary
9:29pmI am trying to organize monthly wine-dork dinners at Apiary - the restaurant in the East Village that does a no-corkage fee night on Mondays and also happens to serve some tasty food. We went recently and it was a great fun. We had a wine educator, a wine retailer, a wine writer, a wine marketer, and me (who does something).
The wines!

Foxen's Sea Smoke Pinot Noir
10:03pmOh, California. Much to the chagrin of my west coast friends, I don't normally drink California wines and I can never add anything to the conversation when they are discussing these tiny cult wineries in wherever that do whatever however. This Foxen was given to me by a west coast friend as a gift and I decided that it needed to be opened.
Fans of California wines seem to love the Sea Smoke wines or find them overrated. We enjoyed this wine a great deal, even though I don't think anyone thought it was very Pinot Noir-y. The colors, aromas, and flavors are very extracted. Fruit forward and almost jammy. Spice (due to a little brettanomyces someone thought). All in all, a pretty tasty wine even though it had many elements that I traditionally don't go for.

This was the first thing we had and now I can't remember exactly which one it was. I thought it was the Grand Cuvee, but now I think it was a rose'. Forgetting which Krug you had with dinner is a pretty #firstworldproblem.

Sinsky 1999 Pinot Noir
We visited the Robert Sinsky winery a few years ago and have enjoyed some of their wines. That said, this was stinky. We debated whether it was a good stinky or a bad stinky. I forgot what we decided because I just went back to drinking the Foxen.
Like the Foxen, this was a big, extracted wine. Super dark and with large flavors and aromas (unfortunately some of those stinky). Also like the Foxen, if I was drinking this blind, I'd hate to guess what I would think it was. Not very Pinot Noir-y.

Philippe Bornard Tant-Mieux Rose
7:10pmThis was the dorkiest wine we had.
It's from the Jura, which on it's own is a pretty dorky wine region full of crazy producers, obscure grapes, and equally crazy wine making techniques. So, it was dorky to start with - but this may be the dorkiest of all because it was a sparkling rose from the Jura.
Pink. Sparkly. A tad residual sugar in it. The grape is Poulsard, a tasty red grape that I enjoy immensely. Some of the examples I have had are straight up delicious in that, "I need another glass of that NOW!" way.

Livio Felluga Picolit
This is a lovely dessert wine from northern Italy (Friuli, towards the northeast) made from the Picolit grape - and it is 'lovely'. It defines lovely. Soft fruit and floral notes. Peach. Crisp but rich. This was our last wine and a tasty end of the evening that we paired with a tasty cheese plate.

The World Atlas of Wine

The Oxford Companion to Wine

Oz Clarke's New Encyclopedia of Wine

The Botanist and the Vintner

Noble Rot

A Tale of Two Valleys

«« past   |   future »»
Wine maketh glad the heart of man