Monday, August 21, 2006


I had a most gregarious wine tasting in Salem on Saturday. I poured a sparkling brut from Westport Mass, along with a chardonnay from same. Then we hopped over to the Loire to a nifty Vouvray, followed by a Pinot Blanc from Alsace, a german blend varietal and a Cote-du-Rhone Villages. Mike, the owner of the wine store opened a few of his own choice as well, including this Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel. Now, if you know your zins (and remember to zin is human, don't be ashamed) you will remember some of the old timers, back when zinfandel did not know much about it's soon to be adopted retarded little brother, White. White Zin is the Billy Carter of the family. This zin is chewy (ya, I said chewy) and full of character, for under 10 buckaroos. Go. Get. Some. Now.

At one point some oysters were had, and some irish cheddar, sausages and bread form a local artisan bakery. Someone brought chocolates, truffles, in fact, to have with the Tokay and Muscat dessert wines. I am not one for dessert wines unless they be Port or Sauternes, but the chocolate, it was goooooood.

So, that was the yumminess that was my Saturday.


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