The Average White Daily Slosh – Finally

27 Feb

This is for the March 1 release.

What’s been going on with the White Daily Slosh? It’s been non-existent and my white drinkers are rattling my cage to try and get me motivated to talk about white wines. I haven’t had that many whites lately but I think the proper excuse is the weather.

I’ve finally reached the point where I’ve HAD IT! Not with wine, a little with our monopoly, but it’s this winter. I don’t need some almanac wannabe to tell me that this is the worst winter of 2013-2014. It has been terrible. I’ve seen similar sentiments from The Winegetter who is stranded in Michigan. A winter like this brings a certain challenge to this wino. Correction: oenophile and wine blogger (wingger?)

Although there are many white wines that perform in colder weather, winter for me is a mostly red season. Substantial, warming reds. In my basement (it’s really not a wine cellar), I have only so many everyday winter reds that I feel that I can open, well, everyday. This doesn’t seem like much of a problem to others. I mean, “get over it, Bill.” But, think about poor Bill pondering his wine selection for the evening and realizing that he doesn’t have any more (well, maybe just a couple?) everyday Cotes du Rhone, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Italian chewies, or reasonably priced Bordeaux that he could bring himself to open. It’s almost criminal. Violation of Sec 234 sub.1 (Failing to provide for the necessities of life). See, what’s happened to me is that I haven’t kept pace – my drinking is outstripping my everyday stock. And, before you say anything, I do realize that there is a simple answer, thank you very much. But, I’ve got better-keep-for-a-special-day ones and summery stuff and it just might have to be OTBN every week for the rest of the winter. It’s a high class problem, I realize, but here’s the other complication – Arlene doesn’t drink red wine. Gasp, I know it’s unthinkable but true. So, not only OTBN but FTBN (Finish That Bottle Night). I’ve got a vacuum thingie but I’m not a quitter, you see. Long winters suck.

But, I do have a few White Daily Sloshes recos.

giesenWe went out with friends last weekend for Indian food – Rogan Josh, King Prawn Tikka (also the name of an Indian rapper – actually Rogan Josh might be a good rapper name too). We ended up having a sauvignon blanc (Oyster Bay) which, although not textbook pairing, went pretty well actually – enough pluck to deal with the strong flavours. I like the vibrant and racy nature of Kiwi SB. This week there’s a great example 2012 Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Sauvignon Blanc #247213 $19.95. It’s a little more reserved than, say the Oyster Bay, but I kind of like that. The review suggests a great match with asparagus. But, let’s think about this for a minute. Who the hell just eats asparagus? I’ve never thought of asparagus as an entrée, a meal. I guess you could have an asparagus course. On second thought, you couldn’t have that either. I’d think that maybe this would go with some spicy seafood, veggie appetizers, cold asparagus spears?, even something with a kick, like pakoras. It’s fresh and grassy with that lovely SB acidity and excitement. I’d love to hear from you all as to your best match with Indian foods. Kingfisher beer, although probably right, is not a qualifying answer – this is a wine blog.

marquisIf it’s chardonnay you’re looking for, and I think of it as a winter wine, kind of, there are a couple choices – the 2011 G. Marquis Silver Line Chardonnay #258681 $17.95. I’ve recommended this wine before. Can’t find the post but in the last few months. This has a real nice balance to it. It has some of the creaminess that an oaked chardonnay should have but it doesn’t present as heavy or thick. It has a tree fruit note on the swirl and that continues in the mouth. There’s some stoniness or flint, almost as if it’s unoaked, on the finish that’s quite refreshing.

bellenechardonnayThe other chardonnay is from the home of chardonnay – Burgundy. This is a producer that I’ve come to rely on for my meagre collection of Burgundy. You see, Burgundy is a study all onto itself. I’ve tried and I’m still learning. So, the easiest thing to do is pick a few producers whose approach and style you like and stick to it until you’re better equipped knowledge-wise to wander around a bit. Nicholas Potel used to have his own eponymous label but has since changed to Maison Roche de Bellene. It took me awhile to catch on to the name change and then I’ve kept an eye out for their stuff. If you’re just starting to wade into Burgundy try the Roche. The 2011 Maison Roche de Bellene Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Chardonnay #299867 $18.95 is a very well priced chardonnay. It isn’t one of those roundish, oaky efforts. Not even that creamy – rather strict and sticking to the script of elegance rather than power. I like it a lot. It has some of the typical apple notes in the mouth with a nice, medium finish. You would think that the Burgundy would have the stoniness on the finish but not so much. Great food wine – white meat, fish, pork roast with apples, and asparagus.

And, pick up the pieces!

3 Responses to “The Average White Daily Slosh – Finally”

  1. Conrad (The Wine Wankers) February 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    Bold man going with an NZ Sauv Blanc in such a climate. That stuff sings summer! 😉

    • Duff's Wines February 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      I know but my friends like that and I thought it would do well with the curry. Kind of.
      It is snowmagedon here. Minus 27 wind chill factor today. Just brutal.

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