Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lapierre Morgon is one of those wines that only appeal to true winos. And not in a snobby, hipster-ish, let's keep it a secret kind of way. It's one of those truly singular wines that actually stand for something. It's not from a heralded region (one of the Beaujolais villages), nor a varietal (gamay). It's made using non-interventionist, biodynamic techniques that most producers take pains to avoid, because it can all go so wrong. Yet Mr. Lapierre (and now his son) was able to craft a wine that was true to principle. And we all need some of that. If wine can ever be inspiring, this is it.
I had read about it long before, but my first taste of this wine was last year, in a little bistro in a suburb of Paris. It was stunning. And so, the day before I had to take the GMAT, I just about fell off my seat when I got the email that a tiny allotment of the 2010's were being released - the same vintage.
And I brought home my first case of wine.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
We start with oysters on the half shell, Kushi and Fanny Bay. Dressed with ribbons of cucumber and lemon juice. Mussels, plank salmon, beef, scallops on glass noodles. Then, squid and celery, asparagus, and a bunch of other greens I don't know the English names to, all in the Shanghainese-style. We ate long and hard, and for one evening at least, all was good and proper.
Monday, May 28, 2012
I'm reminded of that from time to time, because Scarface is a great movie and I've (clearly) got a thing for crude speech. Let's be frank here; we're all getting too old not to be honest with ourselves. I'm fucking shit poor, years from being financially secure, more than just a little stupid, and on top of it all, a drunkard. But I have my honesty and reliability, and, in words only a poor man would say, money don't mean jack shit. But what am I saying. We're all money whores. It's just that some of us (this drunkard here) don't have a goddamn clue how to get it, is all. So we stay true to our principles, and surround ourselves with the people we actually love and want to spend time with, and do the things that make us happy. Anything else, and I'm selling my heart, and no one should ever expect you to sell your heart (Marco, 1989).
A month ago (!), I turned 26. I didn't give a shit. You lose something every year once you hit your mid-twenties . . . just feeling a bit restless now, bored even. And I'm a guy who needs constant stimulation. We were hitting the less than 3 weeks to go mark before GMAT, and taking a whole day off was out of the question, even though my birthday fell on the Saturday (of course it did, when I'm sweating it out for the most important exam in my life). I studied in the morning, completely forgetting about lunch, before heading out for groceries. Long drive all around to my favourite fishmongers, picking up some shellfish and greens. We were going for simple, Shanghainese home cooking. Various bottles to drink - nothing too fancy, but for an 11-year old Ormes de Pez.
All I have in this world is my balls and my word . . .
Saturday, May 26, 2012
It's finally all over.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sorry I've disappeared from here these past few weeks. Had relatives over for a week in late April/early May. Then got sick with a cold, although I recovered quickly because I'm the shit. Had a nice evening with some close friends for my birthday (4/28), a final night of relaxing, where I was able to cook and drink a lot. These past few months have been an exercise in depriving myself of all pleasure or other distractions to focus on this one single thing. No wine, quick meals, no exercise, no nothing before the 23rd. All this pent up stress and frustration is seriously unhealthy and it's starting to affect my mood, man.
I've tried hard, I mean really worked for this exam. Whatever happens, I'll be satisfied with the result, because I sure as fuck will not be writing it again. Back to being fun again, goddammit . . . starting on the 24th, I swear I want to fucking drown in wine. I want to eat shellfish and beef and asparagus until I puke. I want to finally be able to go out with my friends again at night. It seems so long since I've drunk I think I'm starting to forget the taste of wine.
Right until I have to actually start thinking about applications, and schools I want to go to, versus schools I'm actually good enough for.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Newest Trends in Wine
As with just about everything else in the world, the world of wine is rapidly changing. This is either a good thing or bad thing, depending on your own perspective. New wineries are opening, new grape varieties are becoming popular, the rules of what wines to pair with certain foods are increasingly being discarded. One the biggest influencing factors on the changes in the wine industry is something that you are experiencing right now – the Internet. The marketing and ability of consumers to learn about and purchase wines has expanded greatly with the rise of the Internet.
So are you interested in staying abreast of the newest trends in wine? Maybe you are interested in enhancing your personal experience of drinking wine. Perhaps you are a student at one of the online universities hoping to become a sommelier. Or maybe you desire to be the toast of your next wine party. For all of these reasons, you will find the following list of some of the newest trends in wine quite helpful.
- Screw Cap Wines – Originally wines using screw caps were associated with a lower quality product. Not so anymore. Producers in many countries such as the United States and France are increasing the use of screw caps as way to reduce cork taint. With advanced screw cap designs, bottles can be closed while preventing taint and oxidation.
- Wine Made From Organic and Sustainably Grown Grapes – As protection of the environment has increasing entered the collective consciousness of society, so it has grown in importance in the wine producing industry as well. New issues likely to come to the forefront in upcoming years are reducing water usage and reducing the materials that make up the bottle itself, not only from using plastic bottles, but by using lighter and less glass.
- Low-Carb Wines – While the low-carb diet movement may not be as prevalent as it was several years ago, there is still a great demand for low-carb wines. However, almost all dry table wines would meet the requirements for a low-carb wine.
- Pro-Am Reviewing – With the rise of social media, anyone can give their input and critiques of wine. While in the past professional wine reviewers had enormous influence on the market, the amateur realm of social media increasingly has more sway.
For those wishing to pursue a career in the wine industry or existing professionals wanting to further develop their wine making skills and getting a leg up on the newest trends in wine, check out the online educational resources at Online Cooking Schools for more information.
“San Francisco Chronicle” (2010)