Wine Tasting December 19

Well, here it is, Winter Solstice 2009, and we wanted to do something special to mark the turn away from the Dark Times toward the Light. I looked around for a copy of Heart of Darkness with John Malkovich, and figured we could show it in the wine shop in the early part of the afternoon. But lo, Netflix doesn’t even list it, go figure! Not that it was that great a movie, but definitely Dark, dark, dark, the template for Apocolypse Now! So I guess we could show that, but that’s not just Dark, it’s also a little close to home, a little too crazy, a little too much like what is now happening all over the place, so we oughta stay away from that. So maybe there will be a movie. Or maybe not.

Whether there is or is not, there WILL be POPCORN! We just didn’t have the energy reserve to do the food thing we were planning, but Pat had the idea of popcorn. We are gonna try a bunch of different savory spices, butter, salt, whatever, and see how it goes. Of course, we want to match munchies with the wines for the day. In keeping with the Darkness theme (sort of), we will be pouring a selection of wines from Lost RIver winery in Winthrop. Winemaker John Morgan spent many years in Bellingham, and makes some great wines for sitting by a cozy fire and making winter actually quite pleasant after all.

We also have a new shipment of Theo’s chocolate bars just in time for stocking stuffers or pigging out all on your own, including a couple of new concoctions…the new 92% bars from Costa Rica beans, and a new dark  bar featuring spicy chili…warms you up just thinking about it, huh…?

The wines:

Lost River Pinot Gris 08   $14: aromas of citrus, pear and tropical flowers; fruity and crisp with just a hint of residual sugar.

Lost River Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  $23: Smooth and silky with notes of ripe  raspberries, black currants and spice.

Lost River Cedarosa 06  $25: Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend, rich and pruney with notes of blackberry, currant, cassis and licorice.

Lost River Syrah Walla Walla  06  $23: distinctive black pepper and cherry notes with strong character of dark chocolate, coffee, and meat.

cedarosa label

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