leave your inhibitions at the door
As the name of this blog kinda sorta implies/hints at, I like wine. A little. After formal training, thousands of bottles consumed, and reading a bunch of books on it, I can easily say I know more about wine than the average person. But every once in a while there’s something that comes up that completely throws me for a loop. This is one of those times. I’ll get to that later…
Any expert in any field – like thoracic surgery or javelin catching – will tell you the key to success is to know your limitations. In this case I’m sure I could figure it out, but I’m extremely limited by overwhelming laziness. So I’m going to toss this wine question out to my fellow wine geeks out there. These are other wine bloggers and experts that I like to read and I’m sure one of them can help me out here. A few of these bloggers have weekly quizzes and I’m pissed I didn’t think of that. Some are as
schizo multi-faceted as I am and blog about other things like music, travel, and cycling. But all of them love their wine and I’ve learned a lot by reading their blogs.
I think I’ll call them “The Hedonist’s Panel of Wine Ninjas.”
Here are links to their sites. Go visit them:
UPDATES: MORE NINJAS!!!
OK, so here’s where I humbly apologize for any omissions. If you consider yourself a wine geek and want to be one of the Ninjas, just let me know! Any of the current Wine Ninjas can tell you it’s a pretty easy gig with zero time commitment at all. Which I’m sure they’re happy to know considering this is the first that any of them has heard of the panel.
Without further ado, here’s the question –
WTF is in my wine?
We were enjoying some beautiful skirt steaks with The Sicilian and hubby and I dug deep into the wine cellar to pull out this one –
This is drinking really well now and will be good for another five years. Rich, deep, violet color with aromas of berries, cedar, and chocolate on the nose. It wasn’t overly fruity (which I like) and not quite full-bodied, but the rich mouthfeel was in perfect balance with the mellow tannins.
But it’s not all that goodness that’s got me perplexed. What’s got me scratching my head is that, when I finished my first glass, this was in the bottom of it –
It was about three to four inches long and looked to be a part of a plant. The little things at the end of each stem look like it was where there was fruit attached. We’ve all seen grapes, right? They grow close together in tight clusters. This doesn’t look like a grape stem. I’ve had a couple bottles of the same wine but never saw anything like this and I doubt there will be one in the other two I have. Of course, I could just cook some more steaks and find out.
So I ask you, whether you’re a Wine Ninja or not, WTF is that?
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