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Sunday, September 6, 2020

2014 Marie Courtin Efflorescence Extra Brut

 Beautifully dry (no dosage) 100% pinot noir from 40 year old vines in an east facing vineyard on Kimmeridgian soils. Truly gorgeous,  although I think my favorite of Dominque Moreau's wines is the Présence cuvee, made from Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay...

Monday, August 3, 2020

2015 Lavinea Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard

Nice Oregon pinot noir in an early drinking window... benefits from aeration in decanter..
Paired nicely with spicy scallion chicken...

AVA: Eola–Amity Hills
Elevation: 750 – 800 feet
Exposure: South
Soils: Volcanic Jory of the Nekkia sub-series
Lavinea’s Acres: 1.5 for block 5A
Clones: Pommard & 115 on 3309
Density: 7 X 3.5
Row Orientation: North/South
Vine Age: Planted 2001

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Moonrise Meditation

Tokin' on an Arturo Fuentes Don Carlos Reserva #2 paired with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon...
A match made in heaven 👍

Those aged Cameroon wrappers provide an incredible olfactory experience...

Meditation on moonrise over Lake Norman...😊

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese AP 6

8.5% abv
Fuder Klaus Lang (old vines)

Paired with Chicken Lanzone... plenty left over for day 2 impressions.... while this cuvee is tasty, I actually prefer feinherb and trocken Riesling...


Noticeable improvement on day two, especially on the finish which shows more acidity and a feinherb-like quality.  

Does not have the " lightness of being" qualities found in the Trocken cuvee's IMO...

This time paired with apple-glazed pork chops and mashed sweet potatoes 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday Lagunitas with a BLT sandwich and collard greens 😊🍺

Lagunitas with a BLT sandwich 👍🍺

...Enjoyed in a chilled Riedel Bordeaux glass that accidentally got put in the freezer with the beer glasses 😊.... something I may make a habit of...

....Followed the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' with the Maximus.... wow, talk about a jolt to the palate with hoppy overdrive... this took a while to get used to.. bur found its complement nicely offsetting the vinegar and spice in the collard greens...

Maximus needs a lot of air to come around...

I am totally digging the brewski in the Riedel Bordeaux stemware 👍

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Late Afternoon Meditation in July

We caught the edge of a thunderstorm cell that rolled across Lake Norman late this afternoon, bringing a welcome respite from the heat....

What better time to enjoy a Fuentes Gran Reserva and Makers Mark bourbon.... 👍🥃

Fuentes Gran Riserva is the elegant "Carema" to the more robust Fuente Don Carlos "La Morra"....

The sound of thunder in the distance with an occasional flash of lightning fireworks... the gentle sound of rain with waves lapping up onto our beach.... birds chirping in the trees.... a wonderful meditation on nature...complemented by aged Dominican tobacco and Kentucky's finest...

Sunday, July 12, 2020

2018 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Riesling Spätlese trocken

AP 9 
11.5% abv
Fuder Munny (60 to 70 year old vines)
Unter den Röderchen and Beim Hasenbirnbaum vineyard parcels 

Elegantly piquant pineapple attack with bone dry crystallanity and savory cut of acidity on the mid-palate .... kiwi with a hint of quinine on a mouth-wateringly saline finish. Don't drink this too cold ... really enjoyed the nuanced complexity as it warmed in the glass....

Paired beautifully with spicy Korean-style pulled pork over chile-infused rice with edamame garnish...