What Wine Did You Drink Today #1?


(Robin) #221

One of our favorites.


#222

Bel Glos Pinot this evening. Love this wine

Always hard to find a Pinot with enough flavor


(Jason Brandt Lewis) #223

1995 Andrew Will Merlot, Washington State: Deep garnet in color, very youthful in appearance (would never guess this to be a 20-year old wine), clear and clean after decanting; the bouquet is a blend of ripe plum, currant, cola, sweet cream, light cocoa and spice; all this is echoed on the velvety palate, with good fruit, soft tannins, and a slight drying note in the lingering finish. Delicious with lamp crépinettes, roasted vegetables and a salad . . .


(Jason Brandt Lewis) #224

1999 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac rouge, “Cuvée de la Reine des Bois,” (Rhône, France): Garnet-hued with slight bricking at the rim, clean and clear after decanting); the bouquet is classic Southern Rhône, with strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, lavender, light “sous bois” notes and more; on the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, silky and supple, very flavorful, and with a long, lingering finish. Beautiful with an array of soft-ripened cheeses, duck pâté with cherries and pistachios, Jamon Iberico, and more . . .


#225

I might still have few bottles of the 2000 Mordoree lirac. It was good, and inexpensive at that French warehouse sale place (is it still around?).


(Robin) #226

A nice inexpensive (16.95) bottle. Had this with take out pizza.


(Jason Brandt Lewis) #227

What warehouse place?


#228

Ah, I had to do some research. Long gone, it was called Made in France, a warehouse San Francisco and then in Brisbane. My source tells me they morphed into The Gourmet Corner, a retail shop in San Mateo and online at http://www.thegourmetcorner.com/ . They don’t list that Lirac now, though, but there are other Rhones in the $15 dollar range. I think I paid $10 for the Lirac you pictured.

The annual warehouse sales were a hoot, with lots of free samples (sausage, cheese) and language code-switching. Once, in line, after speaking to all the other customers in English, the clerk somehow decided that I spoke French and told me in that stern French way, “Vous payez a la caisse et vous returnez” (they followed the French practice of having the clerk ring you up and give you a receipt which you took over to the actual cashier who rang you up and took your money). It might have been the black beret I used to wear all the time.


(Robin) #229

Really nice wine. Berries and herbs.


#230

Trader Joe’s daily drinker standby.


(Robin) #231

I’ve been on a bit of a Cab Franc kick lately. I like to compare California bottles to French bottles.


#232

I like the Chariot, too. It’s the best of the Central Coast red blends that TJs has, and one of the lowest priced.


#233

Is it as recognizably Cab Franc as the Loire reds? I love Bourgueil, so different from Cab S.


(Robin) #234

I think so. Bright, slate, not too heavy but a lot of flavor. I would buy it again.


(Jason Brandt Lewis) #235

Tonight, with lamb chops and a simple salad of feta, cucumbers and tomato . . .

2001 Edmonds St. John Syrah, “Wylie-Femaughty,” El Dorado County, Calif.

Simply put, at 15 years of age, this is one of the finest California Syrahs I have ever tasted!


#236

Really enjoyed this. First time we’ve had anything from this winery.Uploading…


#237


(Robin) #238

Still drinking, just not much new or exciting. Tonight we had this delicious zin with lasagna.


(Robin) #239

In honor of the seasons first BBQ…served this with tri-tip and it was delicious. Such a pretty deep purple, dark fruits, and a nice herbal finish.


(Robin) #240

Italian wine with take out pizza. Perfect.