Rethinking White Bordeaux.
Audience: [moans & grunts]
Release your prejudice. I did. Not until after the tasting, of course.
It had been quite awhile since a white Bordeaux touched my lips. Probably a few years ago in a WSET class. Before that it was in Brooklyn. About 6+ years ago I was at a show at Barbès. I wanted something cold. White Bordeaux the chalkboard read. I placed my order and slammed it. It was insignificant, but cold. It filled my need at the time. But who even knows where to find one?
I think white Bordeaux might be a refreshing by the glass replacement for all the cheap New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s that seem to dominate those tiny wine lists in the venues where many of us refuse to drink wine. You know the places. For instance, your local dive bar or your favorite music venue.
I had a preferred the selections where Sémillon was 30-50% of the blend.
2010 Château Marsalette – 50/50 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon – Pessac-Léognan (Jeffery M. Davies Selection)
2014 Château Respide-Médeville Graves Blanc Sec – 50/48/2 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon/Muscadelle (Martine’s Wines)
2014 La Croix de Carbonnieux Blanc – 65/35 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon – Pessac-Léognan (Duclot La Vinicole)
Thank you @anthonycailan for the invite.
Last night’s dinner @sottola reminded what wine and food is really about.
It’s about sharing.
It’s about friends and family.
It’s that warm feeling you get around your loved ones.
Wine shouldn’t be about trends or an ideology.
Wine should have a heart and a soul.
Wine should help us cut through all the troubling moments and bring us all back to what’s most important in life, love.
For me the most special part about wine is sense memory. Tasting Viticcio’s wines last night, I was taken back my Aunt’s restaurant in Little Italy, Baltimore. Walking through the door you received a warm embrace and you knew you were in her home, not a business. She had heart and the place had soul. The combination of Viticcio’s delicious wines and spectacular company last night transported to many memories of dinner at Sergi’s Ice House.
Viticcio Wines offer tradition and with a touch of modernity. The wines are spectacular with food and laughter.
It was a pleasure to spend the evening with these lovely people, thanks you! @dobianchi @viticciowinery @sottola @raffasquer @alona_gavryliuk @granfondowine @samson8800 @dwfredman @wellcomalba @francetti_minesco @enoicala @foodiamo_official
WEB: Viticcio Winery
Photos below by: @francetti_minesco
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
Oh what a night! One of my favorite domestic winemakers Christopher Tracy from Channing Daughters Winery, Long Island. Great night hanging with fun people @jarebearsomm (pouring) & the greatest wine salesman on earth Casey @kingfishnv of @springboardwine at the lovely @faithandflower #dtla. The Chefs along with Jared hit a grand slam with the most delicious pairings. Elk meatballs rule. Holy f***!
WEB: Channing Daughters Winery
I love skin contact and if I were on death row and had to select wine for my last meal, it would without a doubt be a wine made by Jean-Michel Morel. His wines suit my personality like no other. They give me both strength and stimulate me intellectually. I love them with or without food. They aren’t fussy and I feel like I can break through walls with my fist after one glass. My favorite is the Amfora. Aged in Georgian qvevri amphora, it is elegant and transcends whatever you think a wine should be. If you don’t like these wine, well, I probably won’t like you. More on this later.
Fun night in San Diego last night hanging with Michael Christian, Los Pilares winemaker extraordinaire at The Rose Wine Bar in South Park. It was also a pleasure to finally meet my instagram friend Katie Fawkes. Katie pulled out a bottle I thought I’d like and she was right. She’s obviously been tracking my drinking habits and knows me quite well. The 2014 Lovamor was a fresh delight. The grape: Albillo. The winemaker: Alfredo Maestro.
San Diego you’re growing on me.
A big thank you to Pauline from Georgian Wine Seminar and Market Tasting at Republique with @bluedanubewine @wearenomadic @moderntaylor. Georgian wines tug on my soul. They evoke memories of places and experiences, I’ve had and have yet to have. Full of character, and I always feel like I have super human strength while sipping on a glass of this liquid gold.
There are a four I’m obsessed with.
- Orgo Rkatsiteli: saltier than the tears of a hunted deer.
- Amiran Otskhanuri Sapere: burnt rubber, salty, and ballsy. More notes to come.
- Gotsa Chinuri Asureti: Notes to come.
- Pheasant’s Tears Kisi: Notes to come.