Spit Happens #36 Sacrificial Bottles

Sacrificial Bottles

A wine collection can provide a great deal of pleasure over a long period of time. There are however some pitfalls to avoid that will make things work a bit better. Eventually 2 possible strategies emerge among cellar owners. A minor % only drink the best stuff from their cellars. And often drink the wines far too early. Another strategy often occurs in a higher % of owners. I call it culling the herd. Humans often like to defer gratification so they drink the “weakest “ wines first. Off vintages, bottles left behind after a party or gifts from clients/friends that don’t actually reflect our interests and goals for the cellar. Eventually you cull the herd so much you only have the Blue Chip Friday night specials left. Then a Monday night take out pizza comes along and you only have great Cote Rotie, Burgundy and Top notch California Cabernet Sauvignon. The goal of my post today is to give you a few wines that are the equivalent of the sacrificial anode in a hot water tank. These are excellent wines that you can drink while waiting for the Good Stuff to be ready to roll.

Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan De Dieu Meffre St Palalis  169797 15.99

“This  well made red shows a floral lift to the plum, cassis and blackberry fruit flavours. The palate is full of dark fruit and the fresh finish lets a mineral note chime through.”

Layers Red Peter Lehmann Barossa 200261 16.99

“ Expect luscious purple fruit, chocolate mint wafers, vanilla, licorice, violets, cedar and baking spices¿It’s well balanced with juicy acidity to give it lift and nice length across the finish. 90 points – WineScores.ca, Nov 2013”

A lovely blend of Shiraz, Tempranillo,Mourvedre and Grenache. As an aside if you don’t like Grenache or you aren’t willing to at least try it we can’t be friends.

  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016 30.99 366948 Consistently crafted Chardonnay with all the richness you expect from California Chardonnay, round and creamy with a fresh baked bread aromatic structure. Prototype US Chardonnay.

Lazio Petit Manseng-Casale Del Giglio 2015 26.99 477083

“Tangy, dry white with dried-apricot and apple character. Medium body with impressive phenolic tension and a long, flavourful finish. Hard to find stylish Petit Manseng outside of Southwest France.”

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Spit Happens #35 Wine Food Films

I have had some spare time lately and decided to go back and watch a few wine and food related films. This has been a fun way to armchair travel the world of wine and stretch my brain at the same time. So I figured why not share my favorites with you ? Ultimately wine is about taste but what adds to the context is the people and the place. Also understanding the back story about a particular practice or ritual in wine can create a deeper understanding of the forces at work that create a wine culture . All types of wine are needed for a wine culture to survive from basic vin de table to super collectible wines. Here is my top three list of favorite wine films:

Mondovino

 

This documentary was released in 2004 and is a snapshot into impending globalization of wine and some of the possible consequences . There is a discussion of generational changes in wine making that touch on the transition in Hubert Montille’s winery and the shifting public taste in wine from Volnay and the role that gender plays in succession. Hubert passed away ten years later. There is a section focused on Michelle Rolland that focuses on his influence in wine making around the world and the Parkerization of wine. Also an interview with the Mondavi family and their planned expansion into France and what that might mean. A portion of the film spends some time with Robert Parker. There is a hilarious scene with his dog that I’m not going to spoil. A lot has happened in the time between the films release and now so it’s interesting to see what they got right and what has happened to a number of these pivotal players in the wine world.

Somm

 

 

There are two major wine qualifications available for people who are interested in a non-production related carreer . Master of Wine or Master Sommelier . This movie follows 4 industry professionals along the path towards the Master Sommelier Exam and the mentorship provided by some notable Icons of the wine world most notably a gentleman named Fred Dame . Fred was the first non European to lead the Court of Master Sommeliers and the first person to pass all three parts of the Master Sommelier exam in a single year . There is a fine line between competency , deep knowledge and obsession and these 4 candidates cross the line back and forth many times. By the end you are vested in the experience and interested in the outcome. Not what you expect. And the description of a wine smelling like a tin off freshly opened tennis balls is cringe worthy and hilarious all in one.

About this time you are probably wondering if I’m going to write about Sideways. Well I’m not I’m going to go farther back and reference a piece of fiction.

 

Babettes Feast 

 

From Amazon.ca “ Released in 1987, Babette’s Feast is a film which depicts so little, yet says so much. Set in a rural Danish community, it centres around the twin sisters of
the village pastor and the French women who serves them after fleeing the 1871 revolution. On winning the lottery she plans a feast to mark the centenary of the sisters’ father, bringing a dimension of fine living into the lives of the God-fearing Lutherans and healing festering personal animosities in the process. “ I love this film in it’s spare quiet delivery and the meaning of sharing food and wine and the deeper symbolism of what it means to cook for people. It’s also about the ability of food to bridge the gaps of social division . Cooking and sharing a meal is not just about fuel for your body ( although it can be) It’s also an expression of caring and love for your fellow humans. This film shows how much emotion and gratefulness can be expressed simply by the attention you pay your food and it’s presentation. Lovely sentiment and a restrained message.

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