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Tax Season (or “Wine For Muppets”)

Vinted on April 13, 2009 binned in wine review
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I am a muppet.

I don’t mean that I’m a small, furry puppet that entertains millions of kids and adults – though it can certainly be argued that small, furry and puppet are all apt descriptors for me (on occasion).

What I mean is, I’ve acted like a total idiot.

My friends in the U.K. use the saying (“I’m a muppet!”) when they completely screw something up.  I suppose it makes sense… as in, “damn, I screwed that up so badly, I acted like a plush toy without a functioning brain,” etc.

So when it comes to my taxes, I’m definitely a muppet. Because I have, by my standards, a huge federal return coming back to me.  And that is definitely not what I want.

Why?  Because that means I gave a nice, hefty, interest-free loan to Uncle Sam.  That’s money I could have been using to buy wines, and instead it went to interesting pursuits that have primarily delayed our progress towards a more just and tolerant society – pursuits like blowing up Iraqi civilians or debating whether or not gay marriage will unravel the moral fabric of our culture.

C’est la vie, I suppose.

The reason I bring up taxes is that the nice folks over at Icon Estates Wines, who represent about a gazillion wine brands, have sent me samples under the theme of Top Wines For Tax Times.  These are witty “pairings” such as –

You’re getting a big refund! Congratulations, you’ve hit the sweet spot!  Celebrate with a delicious Jackson0Triggs Proprietor’s Reserve Icewine…”

Not a bid idea, except that we’ve already established that getting a big refund means you’ve acted like a muppet and therefore probably is not something for which you should be congratulated.

This would not stop me however, from lining up a few samples to at least celebrate the fact that our 2008 taxes are at least completed for filing.  So I picked the “Your brain is in a knot” wine (Estancia’s Monterey Riesling), which is at least partially true but not necessarily related to the processing of my taxes, followed by the “It took you forever but you wouldn’t give up” wine – not true for me, since I pay someone else to work on my taxes – and finally the Jackson-Triggs Icewine (made from Vidal), which of course is related to the refund, without the “congratulations you’re a muppet!” part.

Ok, just to recap, we started with Sesame Street, moved on to taxes, and now we’re sampling wine from three different wineries.  Now that we’re all caught up…

Wine #1 – Despite the fact that the Estanica Riesling is from a cooler area (Monterey) in CA terms, it’s still a relatively warm climate in Riesling terms and it shows on this wine, which is heavy on the apple and pears, and a little lower on the acidity and floral component.  Still, it would kick ass paired with shrimp.

Wine #2 – The 2005 Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) was a tad disappointing for me – nice alcohol level, but very heavy on the cherry fruit, almost cloying, without any of the extra pizzazz of secondary aromas that I like to finish off my Cabs.

Wine #3 – The clear winner of the night for me (and all of our dinner party, actually).  The Jackson-Triggs Vidal Proprietor’s Reserve Icewine (Niagara) is a great buy, with a ton of melon sorbet on the nose, and sweet lemon-lime with plenty of acidity on the palate.

I attribute the Jackson-Triggs being my favorite to the fact that Canadian icewine stomps all kinds of major ass.  In my experience, a wine drinker’s first encounter with Icewine roughly follows the trajectory graphed below. (click for larger version):

Whether or not you are a fan of sweet wine is irrelevant to Icewine’s awesomeness.  Icewine kicks so much ass, it may just be the Chuck Norris of wine (I bowed my head as I typed Chuck Norris’ name, by the way).  No offense is meant above to Heidi Klum, of course… it’s just a vehicle for the purpose of emphasis… but since I mentioned her, I should at least include a picture to help reinforce the awesomeness of Icewine, should I not?

Of course I should:

Cheers!

(images: sesamestreet.com, jacksotriggswinery.com, 1winedude, makemeheal .com)

Issue #2 of Chester County Cuisine and Nightlife Now Available!

Vinted on April 12, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine publications

The second issue of Chester County Cuisine and Nightlife is now available!

For those of you in Chester County, PA., there is quite a bit of excellent information in this issue on the local foodie & nightlife scene, but those of you in other areas of the planet might find some of the content interesting as well.

I’ve contributed a small tidbit to CCCN #2, with a wine tip that might come in handy for some of you so I’ve included it here as well.  Who knows, it could just save your date night sometime (you an thank me later).

You can download the latest issue of CCCN from the DailyLocal.com website.

Cheers!

(images: dailylocal.com)

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-04-11

Vinted on April 11, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut “Yellow Label” (Champagne): Well-balanced green apples and yeasty bread, & still quite worthy of the heady reputation. #
  • 07 Rosa D’Oro Muscat Canelli (Lake COunty, CA): Intense lemon, green grape, & blistering citrus acid that just screams for a crab salad. #
  • 07 Rosa D’Oro Sangiovese (Lake County, CA): Nice balance of dried red fruit and “puckery” structure. Not from Chianti? Could’ve fooled me… #
  • 08 Estancia Riesling (Monterey County): No mistaking this is from a warmer climate. Apples & peach dominate (but with a hint of honey). #
  • 06 Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Concentrated dark cherry, almost sweet. Fruity, yes. Complex, no. #
  • 07 Jackson-Triggs Proprietor’s Reserve Icewine (Niagara): Like liquid mango sorbet, except it goes with fruit tart & can get you buzzed. #

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1 Week and Counting before the Biggest TTL Event EVER

Vinted on April 10, 2009 binned in 1WD LIVE, twitter taste live

Alright people, we’ve got a record-setting number that have already RSVP’d for the historic April 17th Twitter Taste Live event with the Hospice du Rhone.  So… what are you waiting for?

If you’re in the Boston area, sign up for the Wine Riot! event in downtown, where the Bin Ends Wine staff and I will be making merry with 500 or so of our soon-to-be closest drunken friends.  The last time  that many Bostonians gathered together to drink, I’m pretty sure that the harbor was turned into a huge tea pot (possibly under the assumption that swimming in tea could cure a hangover…).

Anyway, details are (yet again!) below – and don’t worry, I won’t be posting them again!


The largest online wine tasting EVER!!

April 17th – Two countries – 3 events – 5 time zones – 5 retail partners – 15+ wines – A brand new Tastelive.com

All to celebrate the incredible producers of the Hospice du Rhône! For the first time #ttl will take place as 3 unique events across the U.K. and U.S. all at 7:00pm local time.


7pm UK: Robert McIntosh from wineconversation.com will be heading up the UK contigent. The UK TTL’ers will be gathering at a couple of dinner events, the main one happening in London, and maybe one outside as well, to taste the wines of the Rhone. Whilst our friends in the New World will focus on the single varietal expressions, we have taken it upon ourselves to look at blends, THE wines that made the Rhone famous, and we will mainly be drinking wines from France. 


7pm Eastern: Hospice du Rhône producers from California and Australia will be the focus of this event. Joe Roberts from 1winedude.com will be joining the Hospice to host the event live from the Wine Riot in Boston, Ma. Join us and 500+ of your fellow wine and twitter lovers as we cruise through some of California and Australia’s top Rhône style wines.
Selections:

Rutherglen The Alliance (Viognier/Marsanne) 2006

Fireblock Grenache 2004

Four Vines The Peasant (Grenache) 2006

Bonny Doon Le Vol Des Anges (Late Harvest Roussanne) 2007




7pm West: Twittering live, Hospice du Rhône (HdR) will be on location at Estate in Sonoma, California. This West Cost venue will tantalize the palates of Rhône lovers with exceptional Rhône wines and extraordinary food all while twittering with other Rhône enthusiasts throughout the West Coast. Reserve your spot today by visiting www.estate-sonoma.com. Thea from Vinquire.com, Jill from Domaine 547 and Paige from The Jug Shop will be co hosting the event on www.twittertastelive.com
Selections:
Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2007
Tablas Creek Mourvedre 2006
Kinton Syrah 2005
Verge Syrah 2006
Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2006


Cheers!

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