Monthly Archives: December 2012
Forgot that last minute gift for Christmas dinner? Here’s a great recommendation!
Merry Christmas all…
Revelry Vintners Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Walla Walla
Happy, merry, gay, gleeful, blissful, carefree, joie de vie, ah, words
that should be apropos adjectives of all holidays. I hope that between December 1st and January 1st, your days are filled with festivities, loved ones, good food, and great wine!
Here is one word you might want to add to your favorite word (and wine) stock pile: Revelry.
Revelry Vintners makes terrific wine. When my husband and friend and I were in Walla Walla this fall, this was one of the wineries we stumbled into that we hadn’t researched and reviewed ahead of time. More often than not, when I venture into a tasting room I haven’t heard of before, if it’s recommended by another tasting room, it’s generally outstanding. I fell in love with a couple of their reds and especially their Riesling, which I plan to review later.
For now, I’m sticking with their grand master red, their 2009 Red Mountain…
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Great trunks! Time to start thinking about that winter trip to a warm places (for those of us in the colder climates). Like the artical says though, Latitude Supply makes limited quantities. They’re sold out 😦 I’m now on the hunt. Will keep you posted…
Never Drop Anchor, Always Keep Exploring …
What a great tagline for a travel-worthy collection of clothing that The New Man and even the men of the past will like. Latitude Supply Co. carries its marker well. It’s worth a look.
The company is out of Southern California, but doesn’t have a flagship store … as one might expect with a creative flare that keeps it on the move. Apparently the clothing they offer moves so fast and furiously that even their featured outlet partners can’t keep their supplies locked down – too many Pirates trying to get their hands on these clothing treasures!
But I’m not writing just to joke about their travel appeal. What I really like – out of many of the clothes they carry – are their trunks, which are really beach or casual wear. As you can tell, they look relaxed, make a man…
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I’m serving three Spanish reds at this years Holiday Cocktail Party. (Starts at 6:30, no need to wait. It’ll end up late night, if it’s done right). Why Spanish reds? Mostly because they rock and a bit mysterious for the novice to journeyman taster. My prejudicial general comment – they taste somewhere between a Chianti and a Merlot. But I also do get the side benefit of saying, “We’re serving three Spanish reds this evening”.
I’m very familiar with Rioja, which I love. I wanted to try something else though. I went with two Tempranillos and one Monstrell.
First up, the 2011 Paso A Paso Tempranillo – 2011, This one tastes young. Almost beaujolais like. Loving it with the pigs-n-blanket hors de houveres accompaniment, as I lose my thoughts staring at the leg lamp (yes, of course I have a leg lamp).
The second Tempranillo is the 2007 Codice. Hoping the extra age will do wonders. Ugh – Watered down raisins. Not prune juice, which could be rich and raisen-ey. Just blah. Nothing. Not offensive. Just $5-clois-du-bois-like.
Third up, Tarima 2010. Made from 100% Monstrell: gets right to it. It starts out powerfully, strong, but not too kung pow. A pleasant peppery finish. My neighbor, Steve, loved it. Steve likes good reds.
So the Monstrell rocked. One out of three aint bad for me. I did enjoy the Paso A Paso. Will let a bottle sit on the shelf for 2 years. Patience is a virtue, so I’m told. However, the Codice will remain on the store shelf, as I pass by in the future.
Steve actually liked all three, which is what it’s all about. Like what you like.
Silver lining – I like the variety. Average wines make a great wine taste even better. Plus not everyone loves the “tasting” factor. Some just like an easy drinking red and all three qualify. All three were a hit!
Great ideas. I’m now on the prowl for The Wyatt jacket, by Thomas Pink. I have a “Cookie & Cocktail” party tonight. I’ve been trying to figure out the perfect cookie party jacket, and me thinks I found it.
Great article. I’m moving away from the button-downs lately. They’re just too casual, for most occasions (especially with a tie). Spruce it up, I say! I’ve been buying hidden buttons, which I do like. You just need a good dry cleaner, who doesn’t smash down the tabs and leave tab marks on the up-side.
I haven’t been a Red Stripe fan previously. A great ad can change that…
An ordinary store in London was turned into something special by Red Stripe, but only revealed when the customer picked up a Red Stripe. The shop comes alive, to make music, quite literally. Pot noodles shake, bottles clink against each other, peanut packets rustle, all to make a familiar tune to customers. I especially like the bottles that blow the tune, if you get me!
I’m spending some time in New Jersey this week. I love eating out, sitting at a bar, people watching and trying new tastes. A new (to me) tap catches my eye: Joe Coffee Porter. I’ve been up since 3AM (it’s around 8PM when I order), so I figure it’s worth a try.
Wow!!! Real good. Not to sweet. I hate too sweet anything, let alone beers. It doesn’t taste too potent either. Some of those porters can be high octane. It was the perfect accompaniment to my Filet Sliders. The mushrooms in particular, set up the palate well for each sip. I didn’t get too charged from the caffeine (I rarely have coffee after 1PM). No shakiness. No heartburn. It also perfectly accompanied the people watching. It was a beautiful night, so lots of people out.
I checked out the beer, which comes from Philadelphia Brewing Co. This brewery is also new to me. Stats below:
- Alcohol Content: 5.5% abv
- IBU’s: 24
- Color: Mocha
- Coffee: Fair-trade / Organic Peruvian (French Roast) Coffee Beans
- Malts: Two-row Pilsner, Dark Munich, Special Aromatic, Oats, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Wheat
I am now a fan and will look for more of their taps when I’m out and about.