27 January 2012

27Jan- all my race cars lined up on the carpet


i've gone red mad, for some reason, don't know why. despite the fact that the weather begs for rose and sparkling but, as you may know, i believe all weather begs for those things.
this is a broad line-up that ranges from a light, thirst-quenching mencia from ribeira sacra in spain to a rich, classically bordeaux st emilion grand cru ('00 vintage) and a crazy and spot-on santa maria valley nebbiolo from 2001, which is just now beginning to unfold into quite a nice tar, orange peely, dark cherry impression of piedmont. like watching travolta do clinton in 'primary colors': you know it's not him but, brother, it's believable.
plus a fun japanese amber ale as well as some some potassium and electrolyte-rich coconut water.

26 January 2012

26jan- cool video on one of our new beers.
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we just brought in the left hand brewers fade to black vol. 3 pepper porter last week and it's been doing really well. sara gould, one of the reps of the brewery, emailed me this video of an in-depth explanation of this beer.
which really appeals to the nerd in me...


25 January 2012

25jan- aah...the new vintage...
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hello again, friend...teacher...secret lover...

there are two houses in oregon that warm my heart and in whose wines i would happily drown, regretting nothing. the first is eyrie and the second is brick house.
and i'm not even sure which pillar is more important to me here but it isn't only the quality and approach to the wines but also the personal experiences i've had in each of their vineyards. i feel lucky to have experienced the warmth and charm of walking among their vines and talking with the people who pour their souls into the grapes so that we may pour their wine into our glasses. and then into our waiting bellies, of course.
those wonderful memories of eyrie's diana lett, our shadows slowly beginning to lengthen as the sun set, showing me the vines that she and david planted on their honeymoon and of petting that ancient irish setter on the gorgeous leather couch in doug tunnell's understated brick house tasting room in the barn that also serves as their winery.
and then, of course, the wines. both wines, to my palate, evidence of what amazing heights of which oregon is capable. grace, elegance, finesse, but also power and depth and ageability. beautiful and streamlined with an almost severe undercurrent of intelligence. like a young lauren bacall.
god. i want some right now.

06 January 2012


i've 06jan- friday afternoon lineup
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so, here's a bunch of stuff that i picked up. some of it's going on the by the glass list. some of it i've had and loved and wanted to see here again, incidentally making them available for customers purchase. and the spatburgunder weissherbst i've never tried before and i'm so eager to crack that Säugling open and see what's what.
06jan - oh hell yeah, allen...
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that's how you do it