Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wine and Writing...

Although Whine and Writing could work as well, but isn't nearly as fun.....

A little bit January....Sharron suggested that to break through my chronic writer's block I drink wine while writing. Okay, so it's taken me this long and a trip to Las Vegas where I discovered Nora's Wine bar to decide to try this strategy, but at least I'm going to give it a whirl.

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

So, to work out the things in my head, I'm going to blog about which wines I have and tell you about them so you might decide to give them a try as well. I'll start from the beginning.

While down in Vegas, my nephew took me to Nora's Wine Bar which isn't on the strip and since I don't know Vegas you're going to have to Google Map it to get there if you feel so inclined. My first discovery was the term "flight". This apparently is a term for the amount poured for tasting a wine. Whatever. I stared at the menu as though it were written in Klingon, recognizing very few terms and even fewer winery names. My nephew tried his best to educate this old dog on the new subject of vino, however my method of choosing which flights I wanted was reduced to closing my eyes and pointing.

This got me the Mediterranean Red category and out of the three one appealed to me far more than the others. Fortunately they had little tags on the glass stems because I never would've remembered what the wine was. Regaleali Nero D'Avola from the Tasca D'Almerita winery in Italy was the turning point for me on red wine. I've never liked red wine but this made me change my mind. I'd like to impress you with all that fancy wine talk....all those intricate flavors, but my palate is far too novice to distinguish. According to some online wine store, the tasting is described as: "Bright ruby red color, this wine offers a rich bouquet of cherry, mulberry, and raspberry. On the palate, it is complex and supple, with ripe berries framed by juicy tannins."

Well, say it how you want, it was damned good wine!

As a result of this testing, I made my first trip up to a local wine bar/store just up the road from me. I showed the owner my little note and he informed me that it was only $13 a bottle. Awesome. I'll take three.

So starting tonight, while trying to bitch slap my inner critic into submission and hopefully unconsciousness, I'm going to blog about the wines I'm drinking.

Tonight's wine is Cupcake Winery's Red Velvet. According to the label, "this wine shows a heady nose of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits and creamy mocha finish that is unmistakable in it's intensity and length."

You had me at chocolate.

I think the label was right and it would go well with a spicy beef dish or a bbq bacon cheeseburger, but we're having it with pork chops, onions and apples call me wine ignorant. Not overly sweet and, although I'd never pick it out on my own, knowing it's there, I do taste chocolate and berries. Overall, a good wine, I'd definately buy it again.

Chocolate and wine, be still my heart. Take that you bitch critic. Now move so the muse can take over.

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