Waiting for a wine bar to open in Burbank. We hope it will happen in December, but there are still details and discussions taking place at various levels, so it may not be for another month or two. When it does open, there is an opportunity for me to have a local spot to spread the good word about wine. Fingers crossed!
Have a couple of Wine Camp classes scheduled for LearnAboutWine in December for which I'm grateful, and yet, something feels anticlimactic at this point in the year. But enough with doom and gloom, let's talk about the wonderful and fun things I've been doing:
10/6 - Attended a tasting at Wood & Vine featuring La Fenêtre. Winemaker Josh Klapper wasn't there - it was harvest, after all - but his lovely rep poured the wines. My two faves of that day were the 2009 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay and the 2010 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir. The 2010 Rosé - a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - was odd and interesting. Also enjoyed my chat with W&V owner Doug LaGambina. Hope to get back there soon.
Later that evening JD and I opened a bottle of the 2004 RN Estate Westside Cuvee - 44% Cab Sauv/24% Cab Franc/17% Merlot/12% Petit Verdot/3% Malbec - Chocolate and cherry on the palate, no tannins left; glad we opened it when we did.
10/7 - Dinner with Shawn at Bistro Alessio. I brought a 2009 Dark Star Cellars 'Left Turn' - 48% Zinfandel/48%Syrah/1%Grenache/1%Mourvedre - Yum. Shawn shared a bottle of 2008 Le Nain Violet 'The Purple Dwarf' Grenache from Domaine de la Pertuisane. My only tasting note says, "WOW."
|The Goddess at work|
10/27 - Xochitl got talked into hosting a dinner party the Saturday before Halloween. That Michelle McC has some good ideas! Vampire- and Zin-ful-themed wines, great food, Madame Shagundala and Dr. PokMePlez and truly Bloody Marys. We won't discuss the hangover. Ever.
10/31 - Hiding out at Anthony's Fine Food and Wine on Halloween. Wonderful 2008 Chateau Les Trois Croix from Bordeaux, bad Pinot Noir (old bottle was bad, new bottle was good), delicious charcuterie, and general relaxing fun.
11/4 - Attended the release of Ian Blackburn's second vintage, the 2010 Beekeeper Zinfandel - 89% Zinfandel/11% Petite Sirah. A deeper, more complex wine than the 2009, which was no slouch! Wonderful hanging with old friends and new at Josie.
Wow. I really am feeling better.