I love wine. It all started in the year I worked at a high end catering and events company, back in the day.
These days, I have the urge to stock up--blame it on an obsessive personality.
Left to Right, trying my best to give only my inartful thoughts:
2011 Yalumba Viognier
One of wine club's monthly picks. Whoa, almost effervescent at the start, but underneath, a cold stream full of ripe fruit, a little tart, super fragrant. On day two, quite mellow, still fruity, but the tart edge worn off. Easy sipping.
2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux
Asked the folks at the wine shop what they were loving currently, and the guy grabbed this off the shelf. Recommended decanting it for a while, maybe even a day. Tried it right after opening the bottle--really funky, in a good way. How to describe it? Like dark, juicy berries, gently decomposing in wet forest soil. A little sweet, a lot earthy and funky. After giving it some time in the decanter, I tasted it again. Mellower, but still really interesting. Reminds me of eating herbs, and vegetables, and fruit. I want another bottle.
More info on the Les Grezeaux here. Info on Bernard Baudry here, in French, or here, in English.
2012 Domaine de la Fouquette Cuvee Rosee d'Aurore
I was hoping to find a bottle of Domaine Tempier Bandol at Whole Foods, but they were out. Instead, a persuasive French man told me to try this Fouquette. Drink it chilled on a warm day or room temperature on a chilly day, he said, like a 50-degree day in Paris. Sold. Plans to take this along on a picnic.
2011 Rocky Gully Shiraz
Drinking this tonight (post to follow). It's mostly shiraz (syrah), with a bit of viognier. Not sure yet. I taste the plum, and the finish lingers. It's a bit light for me, although that nice finish makes me want to take another sip.
2010 Les Crozes Hermitage Syrah
Another wine shop recommendation. (Have I mentioned that I love my local wine shop?) Looking forward to opening this one.
Ok, this is a red herring. This is no wine but one of my favorite beers, from Goose Island. I've posted about this Belgian style pale ale before. Going to wait for a warm day and drink this outdoors.
And that's about it. Trying hard not to buy ten more bottles this weekend.