As I sit in my backyard enjoying a glass of Pinot I’m struggling to find humor in this weeks wine descriptions. Partially because I added part of my finger tip to Friday nights mushroom sauce (sharp Global knifes) and partially because these wines have such interesting background stories. Throw that Bryan Adams tape on and enjoy theses numbers. It cuts like a knife and it didn’t feel so right….
Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant 2006, California Blend
The name and label of this wine honors a classic french story. In 1954 some wine producers were quite nervous about extraterrestrials. So, the council of Chateauneuf-du-Pape passed an ordinance prohibiting flying saucers or “Flying Cigars” as they called them from landing in their vineyards and damaging the vines. The law allowed for immediate impounding of any Flying Cigars (Le Cigare Volant) that dare to land on their grapes. Le Cigare is a blend of traditional Rhone grapes and it is out of this world. (cmon, I had too). Pair it with a well hung grilled ribeye from the boys at Gasparro’s.
Dr. Hermann Riesling Kabinett 2008, ürziger Würzgarten
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany $16.95 (207266)
This Riesling is made from grapes harvested from vineyards that are on 60 degree slopes! The picture of the vineyard height makes me nauseous. The wine doesn’t. It’s like eating a Sweet Tart while licking a 9-volt battery. This wine is sweet and spritzy, has a really cool mouthfeel, and over-stimulates your saliva production making you want to try it again and again. Good match with spicy thai food and a Gravol (if you’re scared of heights like me).