Constant Disruptions, National Wine Day, Octopuses From Outer Space, and other Notes on a Wine Card.

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One of the best aspects of my job is to be able to meet the incredible people who make the wines that we love. This week was no different as I got to meet Shane Finley, winemaker and owner of Shane Wines and Constant Disruptions.  Shane produces wines that are nuanced and superbly balanced.  Currently in the shop, we have in stock his Constant Disruptions Lodi Zinfandel 2016, as balanced a zin as you will ever taste with a wonderful savory, white pepper finish.  I will be featuring this wine Thursday and Friday at The Tasting Room.

Where does the name “Constant Disruptions” come from you ask?  Well, check out the photo at the top of the page and you will see in the comments section of the disciplinary note sent to Shane’s parents when he was in 6th grade, the notation “Constant disruptions.” I suspect the teachers and administrators at Bloomington Oak Grove Intermediate School just weren’t aware that they had a budding superstar winemaker on their hands. I see in the note that Shane was placed in the time-out room.  Could this be the seminal moment that Shane dreamed of making wine in California?  Whenever it started, I’m glad it did and you will be too once you taste his amazing wines.

By the way, those are Shane’s parents on the label of his 2016 Lodi Zinfandel.

Did you know? This Friday is National Wine Day but don’t confuse it with National Drink Wine Day which is observed on February 18th.  I wonder if my boy who is in 7th grade gets the day off this Friday. Never too early to get them thinking about wine! Just ask Shane!

I recently read an article on the website qz.com by Ephrat Livni Otherworldliness of the Octopus that quoted a recent study that put forth the hypothesis that octopuses could indeed be aliens.  The research paper states: “The genetic divergence of Octopus from its ancestral coleoid sub-class is very great … Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch color and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene.” I hope Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump don’t hear about this, I do enjoy me some grilled octopus (of course paired with Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa Sherry) and don’t want these aliens deported!

Did you know Part II: The plural of octopus is octopi.  It is also octopuses and if you’re British, it is octopodes. To get it all explained, check out The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary’s You Tube video at The Correct Plural of Octopus.

I met with Jeff Champion of Golden State Wines and Paul Sanguinetti, the Consulting Ambassador for Lustau Wines the other day and got an excellent education on Sherry Wines from Spain.  Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine.  Sherry can be bone dry to very sweet in style.  It is complex and very labor intensive. It hails from the same area that “tapas” were created and is a very food friendly wine, if not one of the most food friendly wines in the world.  Lustau also makes a red vermouth – or Vermut as they call it in Spain – and a white vermouth that simply amazed me.  From now on I will have those two bottles of vermut at my house.  Keep an eye out for these wines from Lustau, hopefully we shall have them stocked at The Bottle Shop soon as these wines were absolutely stunning.  Once we get them in, I will host a Lustau & Tapas Pairing at The Tasting Room.  Stay tuned.

What I’ll be watching this week: Forget hockey, forget the NBA playoffs, I’ll be watching the NCAA Super Regional from UCLA as the UCLA softball team tries to advance to the World Series of Softball in Oklahoma City.  GO BRUINS!

Here’s the lineup for this week’s tasting:

Pierre Gaillard Les Gendrines Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016  $29.99

Bedrock Wine Co. Ode to Lulu Old Vine Rosé, California 2017  $19.99

McPrice Myers “Bull By The Horns” Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2016  $19.99

Constant Disruptions Zinfandel, Kirschenmann Vineyard Lodi 2016  $19.99

Last word:  Tasting Room regular – and mistress of the malaprop Marlena T –  loved the McPrice Myers “Bull By The Horns” Cabernet Sauvignon when she tasted it a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe she had one tasting too many that night as she kept referring to it as “Bull By The Balls.”  I love it! I think I’ll call it that from now on!

Salud!

Gustavo

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