Wine Tasting December 26 ho ho ho

Last week was interesting. Different and fun. In the spirit of Solstice, we poured wines from Lost River, and took turns reading passages from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. And then every time there was a word like dark or gloom or oppression, everyone would repeat it and moan and wince. Definitely got into the spirit of the thing. And trust me, it is a dark (Daaarrrrrrkkk,  oooh ooh daaarrrrk…!) story.For example, this from the second paragraph: “The air was dark above Gravesend, and farther back still seemed condensed into a mournful gloom, brooding motionless over the biggest, and the greatest, town on earth.”

This week, being Yuletide season, Boxing Day after all, we have no idea how many will venture out to lift a glass to the Season. But what we do have to offer besides the usual Good Cheer are:

On the Day after Christmas my True Love gave to me (sing along…!)

Three French reds, Two-oo purple gloves, and a Martorana In-sol-i-a…

Well you get the idea, any excuse to help figure out what to pour.

The wines:

Martorana Insolia White 2008  (Italy)  $16 : Lush, aromatic, crisp, and lovely with fish, fowl, or pasta.

Domaine Piquemal ’05  (France, Roussillon) (video) $13 : Nose of blackberry, flint, and leather gives way to sumptuous flavors of fresh, ripe cherries.

Domaine Faury Vin de pays Collines Rhodaniennes syrah (France)  $20: Gorgeous, sense-filling, rich, and sensuous, this is a current favorite!

Perrin et Fils Gigondas “La Gille” ’05  (France) $23: Perfumed nose of cherry, rose blossom, plum sauce, charcoal, and spice; plush texture, long finish of wild berries, black currant, cocoa, and tar.

Wine Tasting

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