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The goal of the evening was, of course, to get some fantastic birthday sex at the end of it. That should be a given despite having fourteen glasses of wine on the table. Did it all work out? Short answer: sure. I did mess up a little, though, but we’ll get to that.
South of the Border - $14
Unfortunately, I didn’t write the full names of the wines down because I was told all of the flights are listed on Veritas’ websites. Well, the South of the Border flight wasn’t. So I’m just going to have to go by varietals. I should point out that all of these wines are from
Cabernet Sauvignon – I had this guy with a dark berry nose. Very dry, long finish with a slight acidity. I liked this one, as did Robin.
Malbec – I’m becoming a huge fan of Argentinean malbec’s but this was one my least favorite reds last night. The nose had some dark fruit, bacon, and tar on it. The taste was smooth but, I don’t know, it seemed kind of grapey to me. It had a decent finish, though, and I’d certainly drink it if offered but I wouldn’t buy it. Robin was indifferent with this one.
Red blend – I don’t even have a varietal description for you. A “red blend” from
Tour de France - $16
I love me some French wines. I don’t buy them too often because, honestly, I’m not too knowledgeable on what’s good yet. This flight was a great chance to try a couple of different regions to see what I like. Short answer: I liked them all.
Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees De Pallus 2005 (Liore region) – Say that five times fast. Fuck it, say it once. Smoky, strawberry nose and a nice and crisp taste. Definitely a summer wine, drink it with light foods while sitting outside with a comic book. I tracked this guy down online and you can get him for around $20 a bottle. Robin was indifferent with this one.
Domaine Berthet-Rayne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005 (
Chateau La Gurgue Margaux 2004 (
So Fresh, So Clean - $12
I love the way white’s smell but unless it’s a chardonnay I often struggle on the taste – not enough or too much, the middle ground alludes my palette with whites. But we had to get some whites for the sake of birthday sex and, as I said earlier, it wasn’t like I was paying…
2006 Kartauser Gruner Veltliner (
Freemark Abbey Viognier 2006 (
The second white flight. At this point I just wasn’t having it – I didn’t like any of these despite being a HUGE fan of Italian wines. But, it should be noted we had this white flight in parallel with the French flight mentioned above – I think these were just getting overpowered by some awesome reds.
Inama Vin Soave Classico 2006 (Garganega varietal from
Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2005 (
Colutta Pinot Grigio 2006 (
We finished up the night with some white wine. I got the muscat, Robin got the albarino. Obviously, we tried them both.
Don Olegario Albarino 2006 (
Heidi Schrock Muscat 2006 (
We had the Dubliner cheddar, chevre, and tomme de fedou. The cheeses came with bread, jam, olives, and mini-pickles. Total cost was $13. The tomme de fedou was a monster, the chevre went real good with the jam and some of the lighter wines, and the Dubliner was a little sharp but tasty.
Portion control: Courtesy of Veritas.
Robin only eats chicken and fish so I went to town. I had the Serrano ham and the duck a l’orange. The meats came with some bread,
So, the final word? Veritas rocks. The Tour de France was my favorite flight with the Domaine Berthet-Rayne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005 being my favorite wine. If it wasn’t for the duck a l’orange I would have had completely perfect, unhindered birthday sex. Am I upset at my decision to eat the delicious combination of duck, orange, and Grand Marnier? Of course not. I’m just upset they didn’t have foie gras on the menu. If I’m going to willingly give myself an unkissable mouth, I might as well have snacked on some fattened goose liver.
I should be shooting a new video next week so look for it. The next update will likely focus on the wines I have at my birthday dinner where the goal for that night will be to refrain from puking in my parent’s bathroom.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I set out this past Sunday with one goal in mind – to have a red-blooded kind of day while drinking nothing but wine. And why not? The Romans drank wine while conquering most of the current EU, the Middle East, North Africa, and the
My boy G and I started the day by marinating a steak. We mixed together some shallots, soy sauce, hot sauce, and spices and poured it over two pounds of beef. And, while it was marinating, we went to see Rambo.
You know what else is red like wine? Blood.
What a perfectly violent movie. It wasn’t enough to just be violent - its take-home message is, “Helping people will only result in you fucking shit up even more.” Another important message from the movie is, “Jesus won’t save your life – but this fucking rock will.” I can’t think of a better way to get the blood pumping than watching 90 minutes of pure carnage.
After the movie we went back to my place to broil the steaks. We fried up some onions and potato slices as a side and served it all up with a bottle of Da Vinci 2005 Chianti. The Chianti paired perfectly with the steak, and the entire meal paired perfectly with the four straight hours of American Gladiators we watched.
A little bit about Chianti: I love Chianti, as you may be able to tell from the Drunken Wine Critic #2. I really love any sangiovese-based wine but Chianti, in particular, is simply fantastic. The beauty of Chianti is that you really don’t need to spend more than $10 on a bottle. As long as it has the DOC-controlled pink label on it, it is guaranteed to be predominantly sangiovese grown in the Chianti region of
A little bit about American Gladiators. It is a fun show to watch in a group, but embarrassing to watch alone. That’s the reason I had four episodes on the Tivo. But we plowed through the backlog, cheering for our favorites every step of the way.
As the night went on more friends came over and the bottle of Chianti was not going to sustain us. We popped open a bottle of Bellafontaine’s Terret Sauvignon 2006. Predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, this $12 bottle was fantastic. Apples on the nose and an easy finish – everyone present enjoyed this one.
We also popped open a bottle of Cantina Zaccagnini il Bianco di Ciccio. Cantina Zaccagnini also made the Montepulciano I had in the Drunken Wine Critic #1. This one had a pretty boring nose and a bitter finish, I wasn’t that big of a fan, honestly, and the fact that it costs $16 means that I’ll likely never buy it again.
There were two more bottles present that night. Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2003 Riserva, the wine I reviewed in the Drunken Wine Critic #1, and some left over Torre Dei Gesuiti 2006 Primitivo Puglia. I imagine everyone enjoyed those bottles but, at this point, we would have enjoyed a boxed-wine just as much.
Anyway…friends, Rambo, steak, five bottles of wine, and American Gladiators makes for a great evening.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The winner of the night, however, was Chasing Venus 2007 Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Apricot and peach undertones, explosive on the tongue, great price tag - we ended up buying a bottle and enjoying it during the movie which, I should add, we enjoyed quite a bit more with the Chasing Venus. It was an overall enjoyable night. Lots of enjoying.
Speaking of enjoying, I certainly enjoyed getting free promotional running shorts. Here's a picture of me enjoying them. Enjoy!