Friday, April 21, 2006

Let the drinking begin

I’m pleased to report that the back garden has been officially christened for the 2006 season. Three friends and I had a “meeting” of sorts after work yesterday; it was a lovely day, so I had to hastily drag the garden furniture up from the basement. The “meeting” turned into a wine-drinking session, and we had 3 interesting bottles. Not much to admire in the back garden, I'm afraid. In fact, I was a bit embarrassed. I should probably clean up that fern debris and the garbage bags full of sodden leaves are not as decorative as you might suppose.

This is what we had:

Aquinas Napa Chardonnay (not sure on the date—recent)
I actually found this to be a pretty typical California chard. They all taste the same to me, with a few exceptions. There is a heavy mouthfeel to chardonnay that I’m beginning not to like so much.

CDM Folio collioure 2003
Now you’re talking. I think my love of gardening has influenced my taste in wine; I find myself admiring wines more for their fragrance than for their taste—well it’s a large part of tasting wine anyway. This has a gorgeous bouquet, very spicy and with some honey though it’s totally dry. I’m sorry the bottle is gone. I should buy a case of this for the summer. Lacks the heaviness of chard—I always feel so drunk after drinking just a couple of glasses of chard!—but isn’t just a crisp, dry nothing, as so many white wines recommended for summer are.

Duboeuf Beaujolais Fleurie 2003
There are many other Beaujolais producers in France but pretty much all we get here in WNY is GD. But I do admire their “cru” offerings. They are much more complex and powerful (for a beauj) than the swill everyone buys at Thanksgiving. This one was very appreciated by all, including the one member of our committee who only drinks red.

This is the first of a series where I will addresss the concerns of those who feel I have greatly neglected the third word of my blog. I agree.

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