contains Winings from the 2nd
Quarter of the year 2003.
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great speaking with all of you who visited the Lisa Grubb book party.
Wino Gary; I look forward to touring your cellar and enjoying a bottle of
California’s best. And a
special message to Wino Jerry and Winette Rose, if you two silly kids decide
to get married after kanoodling over the wine, I am available to do
weddings. Just drop me an email.
was hot and humid on the banks of the Hudson River in Piermont NY yesterday,
which had most people looking for a refreshing, chilled white wine. With the help of Big Bob from DA, I was able to provide just
that. For those of you who
asked, I am getting a list of retailers in the area who carry the white wine
I served. I will post that as
soon as I get it. The
interesting thing was that at the end of the event, as the hardcores hung
through the clean up process, we were left with red wine drinkers.
Yes, the white winers came early, quaffed and split, but the red
lovers took time, enjoyed the art, savored a few glasses and chatted though
the evening. To check out
Lisa’s artwork visit www.happydoggallery.com
thing is that whether you are a pinot noir, or a Grenache, a Sauvignon Blanc
or a Syrah, we can come together under a common bond of wine enjoyment.
The diplomats working for the Middle East Peace process should take a
page out of WinoStuff’s philosophy. Wino John and I put aside the
fact that Big Bob is a Burgundy lover and we dislike weak and fleshy French
grapes; we still broke bread with the Frog lover.
Wine is warming me to the idea of overlooking Big Bob’s French
Allegiance and enjoying the information and wines his company has to offer.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc $
Keep this wine handy for a hazy, hot, humid summer day.
Refreshing citrus flavors with generous amounts of grapefruit and a
crisp clean finish. Serve this
with raw shellfish or lemon chicken and for those looking for a pairing to
chilled asparagus, try this one.
Nederberg Pinotage $
A nice alternative for those looking for something different.
This wine boasts cherry and raspberry flavors with a smoky tobacco
overture. When grilling red
meat this summer, give this one a try. My suggestion is to chill for
20 minutes before serving on a hot day.
is in thanks to Big Bob of Dreyfus, Ashby & Company
for his assistance in selecting the wines to serve at Lisa Grubb’s book
signing tomorrow. Big Bob was
nice enough to take an evening out of his crazy schedule and dine with Wino
John and myself. The dinner was
all about drinking great wine and sampling what I will be pouring at the gallery.
I will reserve comment on two of the wines we enjoyed last night
until I report on the book signing .
Bob is a huge Francophile, he did treat us to two unique wines that I will
talk about here. As a warm up,
he opened a Dopff & Irion Crustaces, which I had previously enjoyed last
summer during the hazy hot days when a Big-Ass Red was too heavy.
This wine is crisp and acidic and a nice wine to serve as your host
fumbles with the gas jets on the Weber.
Relax with this Alsace white that sells for less than ten dollars at
In the new
experience category, Big Bob laid out a Swiss wine.
Except for hole-ly cheese, bank accounts, watches and the heroine of
Wino John (chocolate), I would never have considered Swiss wine.
I figured they were neutral on grapes as well as politics.
Education is where it’s at and the fountain of knowledge flowed
from Big Bob as he poured and we tasted.
primary white grape of the Swiss wine community is Chasselas. We enjoyed a Henri Badoux 2000 Aigle le Murailles.
That little Komodo dragon
looking thing is a lizard that scampers through the terraced, broken-slate
terrain where these grapes are cultivated.
This was a pleasant wine reflecting the mineral and chalkiness of the
region while balancing its fruit and acidic components well. As you know, I’m not a big white wine guy and this will not
be filling my racks; however, it was a great exposure to a new wine.
for the night was the big red from Paso Robles that Big Bob opened to
complement the sausage- and spinach-stuffed chicken in brown sauce.
Knowing that WJ and I are Big Red drinkers, BB brought us the 1998
L’Aventure Optimus from Stephan Vineyards. This blend of 52% Syrah, 44%
Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Zinfandel was a taste of the good life.
This blend brought forward great dark fruit flavors, chocolate,
eucalyptus and a toasted marshmallow over an open fire.
Power and grace, but be prepared, this one is at the high end of the
pricing tables for a wine from this region due in part to the fact that they
use their French oak barrels one time only.
Thanks, Big Bob, for that gem of a red, even though your palate
favors Burgundy, that fleshy, fickly French grape which can crumble if you
don’t sing to it as you harvest. That’s
OK, we like you anyway...
left. Nothing. Now looking over my right shoulder, all clear.
When they say that this is the Government for the People, do they
really mean it? After typing
out my last entry in the fuzzy logic state of red wine bliss, I took my
entry seriously. Hell, I was
fired up about this fat tax issue so I got on the USSenate.org page, found
the email addresses for my senators and presented the Wino Bob logic in
reducing the tax on wine. With
all the medical information I can provide, I told them I am available for
Congressional hearings to testify for the reduction of federal taxes on
wine. Stick figure is ready to
hop on a train, I cannot afford to fly, and that thing with security would
make it better to take the train, enough said.
imagine the shock on Honorable Mr. Corzine and Mr. Lautenberg’s faces as
they read a Wino Bob letter signed with the arrogant statement that it’s
my tax dollars that pay their salary and I am a voting member of a large
wine loving group that wields tremendous voting control.
I demanded a meeting in their Washington offices to take this up as a
Bill for the next session and give back to the people whose good cholesterol
is higher than normal from red wine consumption.
There are all types of good things for my skin, lungs, heart, and
brain as Wino John had in breaking news.
I clearly told the Senators that wine does nothing for rectal cancer
so, as you can see, I am not a perfect asshole.
now I sit in my room watching as dark, late-model sedans cruise past my
house at odd hours of the night. Men in dark glasses and earphones walk past my house and
men in black trench coats have been seen in this 98-degree heat.
I am pissing people off, check out this sign I saw somewhere on the Turnpike
near Jersey City. Have you seen
this one yet?