Fruit of the Vine, Drink of the Gods!Jillian PlicPlic -- Sunday, August 11, 2002 -- 11:44:49 AM
Maybe it's because I've just had half a bottle of a nice little Merlot, but I think we need a wine thread. Go to it!This thread is tagged: wine
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I just latched on to a bottle of Williams Selyem Pinot Noir. On the one hand, I am very excited to have a bottle of wine from a producer that I've always heard great things about but have never been able to try. On the other hand, I am slightly bummed because the Wine Advocate is telling me that I need to wait about five or six years before I can properly enjoy it. I'm not sure I have that kind of patience.
I'm mostly vicariously enjoying wine these days, since we've been buying more beer. But, living only about an hour away from Napa and Sonoma, shouldn't I go out winetasting sometime soon?
I love the concept of Beaujolais Nouveau (which I am convinced should be Nouveau Beaujolais. Shouldn't it?), but am lukewarm on the actual product. We always buy a bottle for the same reason people eat yams on Thanksgiving, but I don't like it much.
Mmmm. We had an Ontario Seyval Blanc which was undistinguished at best by itself, but which was quite good with the lentil/lemon/garlic/spinach soup I made.
The bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau we had last night at a dinner party had a strong note of cantaloupe on both nose and palate. Quite odd.
The technique of carbonic maceration can often leave the gamay grape with bizzarre aromas that often have nothing to do with true 'grape' aromas. I once conducted a partial carbonic maceration with some lemberger grapes, and instead of the usual earthy, mineral character, they were like cherry lifesavers!
Nice nice bottle of Bollinger as a gift this week. It's nice to be appreciated.
Yeah, cool present.
DH brings home bottles of good bubbly sometimes for no particular reason other than he felt like sharing something nice with me. I do that stuff too, actually. It's nice. We both work for nonprofits; it's not like we ever get bonuses or anything.... so it's good to sort of randomly celebrate each other!
We drank a bottle of Veuve Cliquot before Christmas dinner with the parents. I don't drink champagne that often - maybe once or twice a year, usually at holidays - but it really does make you feel like you're having a celebration.
For New Year's Eve dinner, LC and I had a half bottle of a very nice Sancerre to go with crabmeat au gratin and crusty bread. It really was everything that I think a white wine ought to be - nice and crisp, with a flavor of tart apple but just enough sweetness to balance the tartness.
Aren't I doing no such thing? Don't I love the lovely riesling? Wasn't I merely pointing out that I'm glad that sweet wines exist in their many varied permutations, since my aunt doesn't like dry wines?
Isn't The Lovely Riesling the most-opened Second Bottle chez nous? Isn't it perfect when you're still wanting to linger over something after dinner, but another bottle of red seems a bit much?
Edit: yeah, what she said re: the question format.