Good Morning Gentle Readers,
If every day was like the last couple TWC'd stop complaining about the traffic. 80 degrees, 80 miles to the horizon, balmy breezes and city lights across the lake at sunset.
Ran across a really nice Zinfandel that has the potential to become house wine at Casa de las Rocas Grandes. Priced right at seven bucks and it is pretty dang good.
This Zin is light on pepper but it just eases on down like something smooth and yummy. Not a hint of sweet cherry wine, which is a big surprise from the same people who bring you, wait for it........Sutter Home.
Icker Pooh. My old girlfriend Debbie used to say that a lot. These days she's poking needles into people to make them hate opium, quit smoking, or lose weight and she's got teen-aged boys.
There was that time Debbie dragged me off to see a rickety old woman with a crystal ball who was almost comatose. The palsied hand slid out from under a shawl clutched at the throat and held mine, then gazed at my life line and forecast a long and healthy life. I'll take that.
This chick was older and substantially less intriguing than Tia Dalma, but she accurately predicted my love life, my children, and a bunch of other stuff long forgotten. Didn't take her seriously at the time because the square pegs didn't fit the preconceived round holes. Then Debbie left me for a better life and I forgot about it. Turned out that the lovely dark eyed girl with the long hair was Mrs TWC instead, and that's what threw me off. Cue Twilight Zone music, now.
I don't even believe in this stuff, but it's a little spooky. Shaddup, Christiansen. It was down to the hair color and the age spread of the kids.
But I digress. The wine is well worth plunking down seven bucks.
This classic foothill zinfandel showcases jammy berry fruit aromas accented by red spice scents and hints of truffles and oak vanillin. Its rich, focused, brambly flavors are supported by firm but supple tannins and persist into a long, fruit-filled finish. This Zinfandel beautifully complements grilled and barbecued meats, rack of lamb, and pasta in red sauce.
When they say foothill zinfandel, they really mean Amador County, which is right next to Calaveras County, which is where the celebrated Jumping Frog contest has been held since Mark Twain noticed. You know. Right there in Angels Camp.
Update: A couple of people asked. The connection is that Sutter Home is icker pooh (icky, yucky, bleah, or icker pooh).
tip of the glass to No Star for the video, which is here