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My year in wine, the summary

27 Dec

So 2011 was a bit of an important year for me, wine-wise because I

• Joined the Boston Sommelier Society after a whole lot of trepidation about not working in the industry for reals
• Got a subscription to Wine Spectator and didn’t open a damn issue
• Took the Australian Wine Immersion Program course.
• Started working with a startup wine site (more about this at some later point when appropriate)
• Tried Penfolds Grange
• Tried Nicolas Joly
• Spent about $2800 on wine
• Met Jean-Luc Thunevin
• Housed 150 bottles in my apartment
• Passed the CSW exam.
• Checked out Virginia’s vineyards
• Got my own personalized wino tour of Austin
• Led about two dozen wine tours in Boston for my new part-time job with City Wine Tours
• Had a bunch of fun with Red White Boston
• Tasted over 400 wines.

All that kept me busy, for sure. So expect a bunch of back-filled posts one of these days.


#157: Rkatsiteli

12 Sep

Rkatsiteli is a white varietal that was popularly grown in the former Soviet Union, and is still big there in places like Romania, Georgia and Hungary. Westport Rivers here in Massachusetts grows it, and their 2006 is what I tried.

To me, this was a lazy wine: the equivalent of a bloated Politburo member. Wines are supposed to evolve and change as you first taste it, swirl it around your mouth, and swallow. Nope, this one left for the dacha.

I kept thinking “farmyard” and tasted what seemed like cooked grass or peas. I hate peas–was forced to eat too many that came from a can as a child. (Full disclosure. Trying to be an ethical blogger, blah blah.) But objectively speaking, the finish was over as soon as I swallowed (oh, get your mind out of the gutter), which, as a lot of wine-types will tell you, isn’t cool. It tasted better the colder it got, but I really wasn’t interested in continuing down that path.

Verdict: like listening to a Ke$ha song if you’re over 26. Interesting for the first 37 seconds and then that’s more than enough.

Brookline Liquor Mart, $22.99