Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Something New

OK, this isn't something TOTALLY new that we're going to write about today, but it is a newish topic.


When I last wrote about wine, it was because I was making it.  Remember?  Let me jog your memory for a moment:
The wine fermenting in the carboys.

Miss Zoe, trying a little of the homemade hooch.

Do you remember that?  Zoe thought you would a least recall that picture of her, sampling our squeezin's.

Zoe suggested, for those of you who enjoy a something a little more aged than just plain grape juice, that we write about a couple of wines we have tried recently.  Blueberry, on the other hand, wasn't sure that writing about fruit related things (other than Herself, of course) was terribly appropriate. 

But, since we have tried some excellent wines lately, and because I also wanted to write about them, Zoe won out.  (Next week, we will write about a topic of Blueberry's choice, so don't worry.  She is thinking now about what She might want to address.  Her Ears are up in Contemplation.  Or, maybe it is Grouchiness?  Hmmmmm.)

All this, and we haven't even gotten to the wines yet!

First, let me say that we, here at the Lilypad, judge books by their covers and wines by their labels.  Sometimes, we get burned by that philosophy, but as a general rule, we find that if a publisher or wine maker is willing to put time and money into the packaging of their product, then they must really believe in it.

Here, then, I reveal the labels from two recent wine tries:

You will notice that they are both Pinot Noirs.

Ever since I read the book Sideways by Rex Pickett, I have been on a Pinot Noir kick.  Miles, the novel's main character (besides being a one hit wonder sort of writer and a rather pathetic and alcoholic recent divorcee who is trying to keep his soon to be married friend on the up and up while on a pre marriage wine tour), is a complete wine snob and will pretty much only drink Pinot Noir.

As I read the book, I couldn't recall ever really having a Pinot.

Well, I certainly wanted to while I was reading.  And after.  And now.

The way Pinot is described in the book was exquisite-- the black currant, cherry flavors meshed with smooth vanilla and other essences resulting in a rich wine with a velvety finish.  Well, who can resist that?

Not I, I say.  Not I.

When was the last time YOU had a Pinot Noir?  If you want to try something delicious that's not too expensivo and is definitely delicious, try Arrogant Frog or The Seeker.  You won't be disappointed.


Emma said...

I love the creative labels on wine and beer, too! :)

I don't know if I've ever had a pinot noir!

Linnea said...

I want to know who was spying on you guys for that first one (though you, of course, are not an Arrogant Frog).

I don't think I've ever had a pinot noir, either.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Have you ever had French Rabbit wine? It is "bottled" in tetra-paks which reduce packaging and are 100% biodegradable. It's nice, quality wine. They make a pinot noir too. See

cocosparkle said...

I would not be able to resist the lable of Arrogant Frog, I must find that wine! LOL MMmmmm wine...