Jul 142015

Ou est la bibliotheque? Ici Pierre, Bernard et la? It’s Bastille Day so I’m pondering a bottle of vin Français.

Grade School ALM French Book

Also pondering that big burgundy French book we had in grade school which is now available on Amazon for $92. It took the better part of two hours searching for it before I had the good sense to ask my friends. One of them coughed it up from the depths of her grade school French Continue reading »

Jan 272015

I’m thrilled to read that most of the wines stolen from The French Laundry have been recovered. I’m puzzled, however, about why someone would risk prison time stealing these wines. There are certainly some wines that are worthy, but if Decanter is correct, the wines stolen were mainly last-decade vintages. Now there are probably a couple of La Tache and Grands Echezeaux for which I would risk hard time and, supposedly, a few that actually COULD BE drinkable now, but think about it. Would one REALLY risk being in prison during the prime period to drink the stolen goods? I know, I know, they were stolen to resell, but the same principle applies to the “receiver of the stolen goods.”

So now I have a new project. One of my great wine friends, Ken Anderson, has a bucket list of wines he wants to drink before he dies. I think I’ll start my own bucket list: “Wines I’d go to Leavenworth for”. This begs the question: What wine would YOU do hard time for?

Nov 212014
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Spotify playing, bubbly poured, time to get to work, Leslie!

To honor the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau, I chose a bubbly made from Gamay, the grape that spawns Beaujolais Nouveau. To keep on the cork dork side of things, “Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.” BeaujolaisNouveauDay.com

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This wine, Château de Lavernette Granit “Réserve de Lavernette” Blanc de Noirs Brut, was selected by Jim Coley, Wine Director at Gomer’s Midtown, Continue reading »