The Great Pumpkin at my house is a pumpkin pie and there’s nothing better to pair it with than a tasty gewürztraminer. Lucky for you I have just the one.
This week I picked my wines with my out of town guest. Lucky for me this guest doubles as a chef when he visits. My brother in law spoils us by making Shrimp Scampi and when we ask what we can do to help he says – in so many words – I work best solo. It gets better.
As we wrap up another week, finish up calls, meet our final deadlines and gripe to anyone who will listen, it’s time to consider our line-up of weekend wines. If you’re in a funk, this will hopefully tease you out of it.
You’re invited. You're invited. I’m planning on having a virtual party on Fridays to chronicle my “Thank God It’s Friday Wines.” I welcome you to offer up some of your own suggestions and join in the conversation, even if you just want to lament about your week. We won’t edit out cranky comments.
Here’s a spirited option: Send a bottle of the Poizin, 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel encased in a wooden coffin. Healdsburg’s Armida Winery, which produces it, has a good sense of humor and uncorking this bottling has become a fall rite of passage for adults who absolutely refuse to outgrow Halloween. These revelers have simply traded up from door to door “trick or treats” to this “treat in a bottle.”
A house of God and vino? It’s not often that a house of vino doubles as a house of God and that’s why most people are surprised when they find out there’s a Latin Mass held in the chapel at Castello di Amorosa every Sunday. Mass, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is for early bird church-goers. Women are asked to wear veils and men, a tie.
Few people know that Guy Davis has a unique offering in his Healdsburg tasting room: an aroma tasting of Apple-ation.
Fuming or celebrating now that Sonoma County labeling is law? With 28 people responding to my last post on this labeling issue, I’d say you have some big opinions on the matter. So now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the proposal into law last week, how are you settling in with the news?
Q&A with Glenn Close, soon to be in Wine Country. The actress who has played a Dalmatian-skinning mastermind (101 Dalmatians), an obsessed mistress (Fatal Attraction), and a high stakes litigator (Damages TV series), will be in Wine Country Sept. 11 for the Staglin Family Music Festival to support mental health research.
Wine label controversy. What camp are you in? The California Legislature unanimously approved a proposal by the Sonoma County Vintners to have every bottle of wine produced in the county bear the words “Sonoma County” on the label. This means that if a bottle is produced in Dry Creek Valley, it would say “Dry Creek Valley – Sonoma County.” And this would be the case for all of the county’s 12 appellations, including Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley.