Yesterday does mark a beginning for our nation-one that I am again proud to be a part of. I actually celebrated the day with a 1992 Roederer L'Ermitage accompanied by steamed clams and mussels in pear cider, spinach salad, and crusty sourdough bread. Let me tell you, the bubbly was incredible- a golden hue showing its age. The aroma was nutty hazelnut, slight caramel, butter, some warm spice-maybe cardamon. Then in the mouth- beautiful creamy feel from the fine bubbles, balanced-not too tart, not too sweet, some more caramel- yummy! And with the steamers.....great way to start and to remember this historic day.
I am also optimistic that this will open up the door to a few more changes. One of them is how and what people drink. I make something different- Tempranillo wines. I know the tide is changing-though Cabernet is still king. How much longer will the king reign when there are so many other options for red wine? Don't get me wrong, I like Cabernet and make Cabernet for clients. But it is also one of the hardest wines to pair with food and drinking it without food, well not my cup of coffee.
So on this beginning- get out there and try something different- Tempranillo for everyone!
The Mustang Winemaker
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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