Notes on a Wine Card…

Notes on a Tasting Card….

Alan Malamud used to write a column called “Notes on a Scorecard” for the sports section of the old LA Herald Examiner and later for the LA Times. I loved reading those columns. Here’s my wine version…

Having a Super Bowl party this weekend with all the requisite game snacks and food? If you’re like me, you gotta have chicken wings during the game.  If you are going to be drinking wine, I suggest you pair the chicken wings with either an off-dry German reisling or a Caifornia zinfandel.  Both wines will go very well with sweet bbq wings or hot and spicy wings. Come into the Tasting Room and I’ll pick out a few wines for you to take home.

Thank God for Stephen Colbert! The only way to watch the State of the Union address was with the knowledge that Stephen Colbert was going to have a field day with it! Check out the Real State of the Union here, it’s hilarious!  The Real State of the Union

Are you into biodynamic and organic wines? Looking for a wine that doesn’t have added sulfites? If so, you should get a bottle of the Maison Perraud Moulin A Vent 2015. This is a wine made from 100% Gamay – more famously known as the grape in Beaujolais Nouveau.  This is a far superior wine though. Wonderful aromas of violet and pastille with dark fruit and bright, lifting acidity on the mouthwatering finish.  $33.99 at The Bottle Shop.

Did you check out the Super Blue Blood Moon early Wednesday morning? I thought I missed it, but according to the website, the super moon occurred on the night of January 30th or morning of January 31st, while the blue moon and lunar eclipse will occur on the night of January 31st or morning of February 1st. According to “A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon’s perigee — its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit — coincides with a full moon. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.” My wine of choice for the Super Blue Blood Moon event will be Jonata La Sangre de Jonata Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley 2006. Excellent syrah from Matt Dees, winemaker at Jonata. La Sangre translates to “blood’ so very appropriate wine indeed!

Anyone else enjoy The Detour on TBS as much as I do? I find myself laughing out loud whenever I catch an episode.

Lookalikes: Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz. But I still love Salma so much more!

I ate at Mary’s Market up in the Canyon last week and I must say it was superb! My son said that this is exactly what Sierra Madre needed!  Kudos to Heather and Jenny for serving excellent food in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Maybe we can start a petition for a wine dinner there soon? I’ll be happy to curate the wines!

Got a zinfandel tasting this week at The Tasting Room featuring four zinfandels from various regions of California. It’s going to be a blind tasting to see if you can guess the winery and the region. Which do you think will be your favorite zinfandel? Five Vintners, Earthquake, Pound for Pound, or Frog’s Leap? Bring your blindfolds from home but leave the cuffs.

To help you keep track of the wines that you taste at The Tasting Room, I’ve come up with a Wine Tasting Placemat so you can keep your own notes on each wine.  After you taste each wine, you give it a smiley icon if you like it or a sad face icon if you don’t!

My favorite Niles Crane line from the show Fraiser “I’m conducting a seminar on multiple personality disorders and it takes me forever to fill out the name tags.”

My pick for the Super Bowl – Philadelphia Eagles. My apologies to Mike Doherty!


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