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Hey did you know? I really like wine.

Now, I consider myself a novice. (I say this because a friend's husband is a sommelier, and WOW do I love when they invite me to dinner!) I grew up hating wine (hey: Mormon), and until I had GOOD wine, I didn't understand.

And now I do. And I'll say this: while not having an education beyond trying and failing, trying and loving, making notes, etc., when I recommend wine, I've never heard back that someone didn't love it. Maybe they're not telling me I don't know. But I have a pretty decent palate, is what I'm getting at. (And honestly a big secret is to pay attention to WHERE THE WINE IS FROM. Regions tend to have similar tastes.)

Apparently I have an expensive palate, too. But now, my daily sip (I'm talking a glass, maybe two, please don't worry about me) is Ladera, Napa, 2009 CabSav. I can get it for about $28 a bottle in bulk, but their website has it for $40. Which means I'm filling up my wee wine cellar with bottles while I can. Easily one of the most sippable wines I've encountered. (Cheaper, and fine as well, is Markham Merlot - 2009 at around $16 bottle. Let it open up for a bit. Napa Cellars Cab was my previous "cheap" daily vino at $21 - not their merlot, though. Their merlot has a different mix, unlike Markham's merlot vs. Cab.)

I just don't care for most whites. They tend to taste weak or like dirty socks. I like to taste the grape. I don't want to taste the American oak it soaked in (which is why I avoid labels that point out the oak - that's the vanilla flavor on the back of your tongue at the finish - no me gusta) and have learned that many California wines add chunks of oaks to stainless steel barrels to get that flavor, because Americans like their wine sweet. NOPE. Gross. Not me. Me and an old Frenchman with broken blood vessels across his cheeks would get along fine, topping each other's glasses off and sharing hunks of bread while laughing about the absurdity of life.

I basically want to have several friends over to open about four or five bottles and talk shop and get drunk and then devolve into telling dirty jokes. SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT NIGHT TO ME. :D

(BTW, my sommelier-friend hooked me up with maybe my most favorite champagne ever: Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose. WOW, is that the most delicious champagne for under $200 - hey, it can get pricey - I've ever had. And it's romantic. Two families, rivals, daughter and son fell in love, made their own champagne and have been going strong for over 100 years. And it is exquisite. If you're in Texas and can access a Central Market, this normally $150 bottle is $90. If you have a special occasion, or have the coin, get it. Trust.)

YEP, I HAD HALF A BOTTLE TONIGHT OF MY LADERA LOVE. What of it? :) Now to dig up some cheese and veggies....

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alittleacademe
Jun. 20th, 2013 08:18 am (UTC)
I don't drink red due to the Night Of Shame (TM, 2008) but would like to maybe change that. I am too much of a novice myself, but am I right in thinking from the names that you only drink domestic? Is that a taste/ethical preference? I don't like oaked chardonnay (it was The Thing when I was a teenager) and tend to go for Pinot Grigot, but interestingly I was having lunch with an American yesterday and to her Pinot Grigot is this deeply foreign concept.
stoney321
Jun. 20th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
I've been drinking a lot of Californian wines because I can get them easily. If I get off my butt and actually drive to the amazing wine shop a town over, I load up on French (where I drink by region. St. Emilion is my FAVE FAVE FAVE. I like some Pauillac, St. Julien is delish, too).

Pinot Grigio is great, and very popular among my friends here. Hmm, I wonder if this American friend of yours is just young (or maybe her parents weren't aficionados of wine?) I've found that most people who stick to chardonnay don't know much about wine. I don't mean that in a shirty way, just that it seems like a "safe order" when you don't know what to select, so your knowledge of varietals doesn't go anywhere.
alittleacademe
Jun. 20th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
(I am excited to be comment-threading with you again).

First off, WOW how much can I not spell Pinot Grigio. Good-o. Do you drink much in the way of spirits? I was at a Belgian restaurant in London last weekend and failed by having g&t not one of the million beers available (but so did my oldest friend, so woohoo).

The thing is, she's not young-young (30) and she's, like, a Vogue journalist who does Berlin/Copenhagen/LA/New York stuff on a regular basis, which was why it stumped me. Because I don't think pinot grigio is, like, an acquired taste AT ALL (probably because it is relatively cheap in Europe...)? Chardonnay was massively popular in the late 90s here, and I think people do get used to what's safe (similarly, Pinot Grigio is my safe order NOW because I know I like it).

I should also say that I'm not anti-domestic. I went to a wedding in a vineyard IN ENGLAND a couple of years ago. Naturally I was dubious. But NOM.

(also: I kind of want to send you a care package. For reasons. BUT then I thought NO Stoney is WAY TOO ADULT AND SENSIBLE for such things. But then I thought bullshit. It may have to wait until I submit this blasted DPhil, but then, yes.)

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