GRAPE: Albariño APP: Sierra Foothills COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: $28
I knew I’d feel so sad when the bottle ran empty and I do. 2015 “al basic” Albariño @laclarinefarm Thats right, 7 months skin contact, unfined & unfiltered. A beautifully colored wine and flavors that are beyond descriptions. And the next vintage of this might just taste a bit like my feet, since after all I spent 3 days on the farm doing punchdowns ankle deep in fermentation.
WEB: La Clarine Farm
GRAPE: Petit Manseng APP: Sierra Foothills COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: $25
This is the first bottle of wine I’ve consumed that I was involved in the bottling of the juice. Bottling is factory work and you need to be careful not to zone out, otherwise you’ll fuck something up or lose a finger. But if I’m going to risk losing a finger it better be for something as good as the 2015 La Clarine Farm, petit manseng.
WEB: La Clarine Farm
GRAPE: Spergola APP: Emilia Romagna COUNTRY: Italy AVE PRICE: $22
Occasionally we all take it up the ass.
Sometimes for pleasure.
Sometimes for pain.
Fortunately for us hedonist we have seductive frizzante like Cà de Noci’s Querciole to suck on.
A slight bit of ginger and some breadiness.
3 days skin contact.
Secondary fermentation in bottle.
WEB: Cà de Noci
GRAPE: Listed Below APP: Sierra Foothills COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: $24
2015 Jambalaia Rouge @laclarinefarm
Government Warning!? When has a government ever told the truth?
What this warning should read is the following: When slightly chilled this bottle of wine could cause extreme happiness. You may be inspired to improvise amazing acts of kindness. You may feel the urge to kiss strangers, feed stray animals, and help old people cross the street (good luck with that last one in LA). Other risks include; dancing, singing, laughing, and prolonged erection. It’s delicious, it’s affordable.
What’s in it? 59% Mourvedre, 21% Marsanne, 15% Grenache and 5% Syrah.
WEB: La Clarine Farm
I’ve come to love hanging out at Bar Bandini late night. Wine in glass, Folicello Lambrusco. See you there?
GRAPE: Garnacha APP: Sierra de Gredos COUNTRY: Spain AVE PRICE: $21.99
As a kid, I thought I was Evel Knievil, minus the bravery or stupidity depending on your point of view. On one glorious grey Baltimore morning my mother took me down to Bel-Garden Bi-Rite and graciously allowed me to ride on the front of the grocery cart. I thought I was so clever, maneuvering my way around the cart with my feet on the ovular chassis, side to side, turning around and around without touching the ground. Of course that came to an abrupt end as I turned around and my hands slipped from the cart. I fell face flat to the floor. I felt the pain go from my front tooth to the back of my head.
My mother helped me from the ground. I don’t remember what she said, but I suppose seeing your child’s front tooth sticking straight out of your mouth hanging from a little thread of flesh to gum might be a bit of a shock. She called the dentist from a landline phone, yes kids, they used to exist. We headed to the dentist where they made a very good effort to put the tooth back into place. They were partially successful. I still have this tooth but if you take a look you can see it’s clearly out of place and to this day a bit more sensitive both from a social point of view and a physical one. A cold drink or blowing into an woodwind occasionally sends an electrical sting through my head.
One would hope a child would learn a positive lesson from an experience like this. I learned the following, don’t do stupid shit and you might not get fucked up. Or don’t do stupid shit and miss out on a whole lot of fun. So, till this day I adorn a front tooth that sticks out like a Chiclets or the front teeth of bugs bunny. No stunts or daredevil moves these days. Working out at the gym and day drinking might be the most dangerous physical risk I endeavor.
My most daring move this afternoon was a delightful slice of leftover skirt steak and finishing a bottle of wine. This is my first Vino Ambiz red. I fell in love with Fabio’s Airen and Malvar the moment I they hit my mouth, so when I saw the Garnacha I was all over it. His wines are the way I like them. Free of additives and manipulation. Native yeasts. Beautifully hazy, why? Cause it’s unfined and unfiltered. Fabio describes his philosophy here. His wines are full of flavors that take you off the typical spectrum. This Garnacha is delicious and chewy. I could feel the heat the of the alcohol 14% a bit more today than last night, of course maybe it doesn’t help that it’s 98 degrees outside. It’s aromatic, easy to drink, and food friendly.
WEB: Vinos Ambiz & Jose Pastor Selections
GRAPE: Syrah APP: Walla Walla Valley COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: Sold Out!
Another generous gift from @orshi.kiss but in all honesty this is the one that was making me nervous, y’all know how much I love hot super ripe fruit. But I forced myself to approach this with an open mind and tried very hard not to be a dick, not so easy for me. So here is what I did. I opened the bottle early on and poured some into a glass with a large mouth and slapped a slight chill on it bringing the temp down ever so slightly. I salted and peppered a skirt steak pan seared it medium rare, leaving just enough juicy blood. I poured the wine into a proper glass while the steak rested, I swirled and swirled. With an open mind, I placed my nose into the glass. Peppery, smoky, and some violets, not offensive at all. Good job, Michael. I cut my meat. Slapped it on a plate and sat down. Took a bite of steak, put the glass to my lips and walla! The perfectly seared bitterness of the exterior of the steak, the slightly bloody interior with the beautiful ripeness of the fruit and bloody minerality was a pleasure. I need to stop generalizing about certain styles of wine that I believe I won’t like, I’m most likely missing out on something special like the 2013 @RyanKerloo Les Collines, Syrah from Walla Walla Valley, Washington State.
WEB: Kerloo Cellars