Anonymnush Tasting, Wine in a Can, Weed and Wine Pairings, Should You Be Drinking Wine According to the Moon? and Other Notes on a Wine Card.

Let’s have a little fun with our wine this week as we will do a blind tasting – or as our FEARless leader might say – we’ll have an anonymnush tasting!  Let’s see how many of us can figure out the four wines blindly.  I’ll keep it easy for you by divulging the four wines I will be pouring at the end of this blog, but I’ll pour them blindly Thursday and Friday.  How many will you get right?  Stay tuned, it’s going to be a very wet tasting.

I am wondering if Sierra Madre is behind the times on the wine in a can thing.  Almost every wine rep that comes in to see us says that the wine in a can trend is super hot right now.  For the life of us, it just doesn’t play well here in our little town.  Wazup Sierra Madre? According to an article in, there is a study in progress that is researching the wine in a can sales.  An Assistant marketing professor and students at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania are conducting the study.  There are more than 450 wine in a can offerings from 160 wineries currently on the market.  What’s your vote? Yes or no on canned wine? I’ve tasted several over the past year and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the wines. Here’s a YES on Canned!

The Hollywood Reporter recently had an article on recommendations to pair wine with weed.  Read the article here at Canada’s Cannabis Sommelier.  Does anyone remember when the HOLLYWOOD sign was changed to HOLLYWEED back in January 2017?  Don’t expect me to be pairing any wine with weed in the future though. I always get sick whenever I try to smoke a cigar let alone wacky tabacky.

People ask me about biodynamic wines all the time.  I answer that it’s like organic wine on steroids but that is totally just an answer in jest.  According to an article in Vogue, biodynamic winemaking is a holistic style of winemaking that doesn’t allow for pesticides or chemicals.  It also espouses the use of the moon methods developed by Rudolf Steiner and Maria Thun to plan the schedule of the harvest and winemaking.  Furthermore, some believe that you should only drink wine on certain days.  Fruit days – when the moon travels through Fire signs Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries – are viewed as the best days to drink wine.  Leaf days (moon travels through Water signs Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio) and Root days (moon travels through Earth signs Virgo, Taurus, and Capricorn) are considered bad days for wine tasting.  The best days in September coming up for wine tasting are September 16 and 18.  Check out the fascinating article here Should You Be Drinking Wine According to the Moon?

I know I’m going to piss off some of you Trojan fans out there but I have got to go with the Longhorns as those two football teams face off against one another on Saturday.  I know I can never forget the 2006 Rose Bowl when the Longhorns won the game in what many call the greatest collegiate football game ever!  GO HORNS!

Now here’s a marathon I can run!  The Marathon du Medoc which was run on September 8th of this year, requires runners to run a 26.2 mile marathon as well as consume 23 glasses of wine and feast on oysters, foie gras, and cheese!  SIGN ME UP FOR NEXT YEAR!!!!  Check it out Marathon du Medoc.

Here’s what I’m drinking this week:


Foxen Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 20`5   $29.99  92 Points Robert Parker

Halter Ranch Rosé, Paso Robles Adelaida District 2017   $18.99

Clos De Los Siete Red Blend, Valle De Uco Mendoza 2014   $19.99   93 Points James Suckling

Yangarra PF Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2016   $24.99   94 Points James Suckling



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