31 August 2012

31aug- a limerick for today

Some wines that were delivered today
Are arranged on the bar for display.
I’m feeling quite blessed
For they should all be possessed
Of delicious flavor and lovely bouquet.

28 August 2012

28august - almost fall

I felt meterological whispers in the air this morning. The tendrils of autumn that have been sneaking into the atmosphere triggered something in me that caught me off guard. Every year around this time, if the weather is right, I respond viscerally to the timing, I suppose. A personal calender or, perhaps, something genetic. Some different gear into which we shift when we are reminded that we should be hunting in order to have furs and smoked, dried meat for our bellies in the coming winter.
But my visceral response has been ‘caution’ for years. I always assumed it was school related when I was matriculating but in my adult years my wariness has survived. Maybe it isn’t the leeriness of a cold winter as much as it is the unpredictability of football season on the business and/or the social obligations that loom at the tail end of the calendar.

With this concern, as with many, I have found the pleasures of the palate to mitigate anxiety. Autumnal and winter eating is of comfort to me, with its richness and starchiness. Around this time we’ll occasionally be adding acorn squash to our mussaman curry, a bonus that I rather enjoy. More dark beers will reënter our vernacular as we bid sad farewell to the lighter styles. Some of my precious rosés will hibernate until next spring (though I’ll always have one by the glass and several lying about for those in the know) and we’ll begin exploring those bigger reds that our summer wine list has eschewed (to some backlash, might I add.)

I will still tend to avoid the red monsters. I do not care for these sasquatches that trod so insistently on the palate and our food but there is plenty of room for the elegant strongman. The brute that can wear a suit well. We’ve played a lot with Rhone blends for this purpose but this year we may broaden out of the French countryside and into some different places. Today I intend to re-interview a South African cape blend that has been well-received and that I found paired nicely with a lot of our cuisine. We may look at Hawkes Bay in New Zealand again for some Bordeaux varietals and maybe a brawny, funky carmenere from South America.
So while the weather might be fiddling with my anxieties I can at least look forward to the tasting and learning and sharing of a new batch of wines and beers.

Talk about a big man who can wear a suit…

26 August 2012

26August- A haiku-form primer on some of our lesser-known by-the-glass wine selections

this has been going on the weekly list now for a little while but, for some reason, i haven't posted it here.
since we do like to play with obscure grapes and styles by-the-glass and sometimes the moment doesn't lend itself to asking for an explanation or description of them i started offering descriptions in haiku form on each of the beverage menus. i know what you're thinking : "why not the english sonnet, sam? you love the english sonnet" yes, i do love the english sonnet but i thought that a shorter format would be better.
maybe, in time, i'll change the format to the limerick.

A haiku-form primer on some of our lesser-known wine selections
Light melon and grain
Focus into a bright and
Steely, dry, crisp wine.
COLOMBARD+ugni blanc
Mango, passion fruit
and orange rind finish dry
with some mild acid.
Orange blossoms and
Honeydew play together
in this soft, bright wine
Rose petal, lychee
nose and a fresh, sweet entry.
Light acid; off-dry

Earth; red and dark fruit.
Minerals and bright acid.
Firm, fine-grain tannins.
Black tea and earthy
aromas. Dried fruit and a
clean, warming finish.
Rich, black cherry nose

and a full, spicy body.
Soft, tannic finish. 

24 August 2012

24Aug- new wines and beers for this week
in which i suddenly remember that we have a blogspot that needed updating.

So it's still summer of riesling! whoohoo!! hoot! ...woo...hm...
yeah, so maybe the response to summer of riesling hasn't been as effusive as i'd hoped but we still have plenty of rieslings to try and new ones coming in every week.
And, as always, there are new roses.
I'm really enjoying this moulin-a-vent, which will replace the morgon we've had on the menu for a while now.
the hitachino white ale is back and is joined by another (distinctly different) white ale that's in a nice, big can.
and, because it's approaching the end of august and soon we'll be in autumn, we've got a pumpkin ale. pleasantly, sessionably pumpkiny.
and also, because this happened to be playing while i was writing this: