BITS & BOBS

Coronavirus is the word of 2020. Who would have ever imagined such a scenario to develop in our world? It is a reality now and all we can do is wait it out. I have come to appreciate as Dr. Fauci said, the virus will determine the timeline, not us. It most certainly will change the world in a way that we will not be able to ascertain until much later. One thing is for certain, this will pass.

Something has caught my attention at the store during this crisis. Champagne sales have dropped dramatically. Why? Champagne or sparkling wine is considered a celebratory beverage. I of course just consider it a good wine with bubbles. However, that is not how most perceive it and as a result, sales are down. Think about it. Is there anything to celebrate right now? People are stuck at home, many are on unemployment living on a thread. Kids are at home because school is shut down and parents have little time to themselves. Why the hell would anyone want to pop bubbles now! This is something I would have never thought of until now. That being said, why not celebrate each day you are healthy and alive. Celebrate your family and the time you have with them. Yes, this is a terrible situation, but dwelling on the negative is not healthy. Think positive, stay healthy, be diligent about your hygiene and one day, things will get better. Buy a cheap bottle of Cava and celebrate the positive things in life!

I especially feel a need right now to keep up on my YouTube channel and give my friends something to watch during this world situation. I just posted an episode on aging inexpensive wines. I finished up my celebration of Washington Wine Month with an episode featuring the wines of Columbia Winery. I am getting ready to shoot an episode on Crozes-Hermitage that should be quite interesting. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to entertain and educate my wine enthusiast friends not only during this time of isolation but for a long time to come.

Cheers!

Stan The Wine Man

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FRIDAY’S FIVE

In a week’s time, I taste a boatload of wine (seriously). A lot of my friends think I’m lucky. Well, they’re right and I wouldn’t give this job up for the world. The only thing that makes my job hard, is my feeling of responsibility to taste the samples given to me as quickly as possible and to put my reviews either in my Moleskine, on my YouTube channel (Stan The Wine Man TV), or on Stanthewineman.com. Here for your reading pleasure, are five wines that I have reviewed in my Moleskine (good or bad), this past week.

2019 Lu & Oly Flowerhead Rose’ (Columbia Valley, WA)… $18.

Watermelon all day on the nose with a touch of peach and orange citrus. Fresh and zesty on the palate with notes of watermelon and citrus, driven by a healthy dose of balanced acidity. It dances in the mouth with a slight tartness into a long, lemon and orange finish with watermelon notes underneath. This baby makes the palate sing. (B)

2017 Mark Ryan Winery Water Witch Red (Red Mountain, WA)… $55.

Aromas of dark currants, licorice and tobacco. Balanced and fresh on the palate with notes of currants and a backbone of tobacco. The tobacco notes dominate the finish. Structured, approachable tannins and a clean finish. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot (B)

2017 Mark Ryan Winery “Crazy Mary” Mourvedre (Red Mountain, WA)… $60.

Plums, currants, tobacco and smoke on the nose. Plum and currant notes meld nicely in good balance on edgy, approachable tannins, Ripe fruit notes expand on the mid-palate into a tobacco, currant driven finish. Red flower and smoke notes linger in the background front to finish. (B+/A-)

2018 Time & Direction “Fretboard” Viognier Corfu Crossing Vineyard (Columbia Valley, WA)… $30.

Peach and popcorn kernel action on the nose with a kiss of quince and apple. Good texture on the palate. Notes of quince, peach and apple flow seamlessly across the palate expanding on the mid-palate into a quince and apple dominate finish. This wine has a slick edge to it in the mouth. (B-/B)

2017 Time & Direction “Diamond Cutter” Red (Columbia Valley, WA)

Boysenberries and plums on the nose with a backdrop of Worcheshire and bacon fat. Red flower notes all day on the palate, joined by notes of raspberries and cherries with a kiss of citrus on the back-end. Bright and delicious with a mouth-watering finish where the citrus and red flower notes linger. Good intensity and balance. (B+)

Cheers!

Stan The Wine Man

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BITS & BOBS

I think I may be one of the most inconsistent writers out there. I started this piece to help with my consistency. It is a fun, easy to write article that I intended to spur me on to greater heights in writing volume. So far, I have not let it perform the magic it was intended to create. Writing is like exercise, the more you do it, the easier it gets. I am a morning person, so I need to give myself enough time in the a.m. to accomplish my goals. Let’s hope that today starts a new trend for me. My word for 2020 is determination and so, I move ahead determined to be more consistent.

I have been consistent with my YouTube channel and I have some interesting and fun episodes out there for your enjoyment. I just put out an episode on my #1 wine in 2019 under twenty bucks. The point of the episode is to show all of you the process I go through to determine which wine gets the honor. I wasn’t intending to sell the wine at the store through this episode. For one thing, it is sold out, at least at Kings Market. I can’t get any more from my supplier. However, I felt bad when a good friend of mine watched the episode and came into the store to buy more. You know who you are, so if you read this article, come back and I will fix you up with a bottle or two from my own stash. My YouTube channel is not a selling platform, but I understand that if I get excited about a certain wine, someone is going to come looking for it. I try to cover my bases when I can and apologize when I can’t.

I just purchased the textbook for becoming a Certified Wine Specialist (CWS) and I am studying diligently. I’m not big on certifications, but it will do more good than harm for me to stay up on my wine knowledge. There is so much to learn in this field of study. I am passionate about wine and the wine world. I love to share that knowledge and make it easily digestible for those that are new to wine and want to learn. Wine is such a cool thing and I love to find the gems that are buried in the catalogs of my suppliers. Especially if they are reasonably priced. If you ever want to chat about the wine world, stop by and see me. I will be more than happy to share what I know and learn from you.

Cheers!

Stan The Wine Man

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FRIDAY’S FIVE

In a week’s time, I taste a boatload of wine (seriously). A lot of my friends think I’m lucky. Well, they’re right and I wouldn’t give this job up for the world. The only thing that makes my job hard, is my feeling of responsibility to taste the samples given to me as quickly as possible and to put my reviews either in my Moleskine, on my YouTube channel (Stan The Wine Man TV), or right here on Stanthewineman.com. Here for your reading pleasure, are five wines that I have reviewed in my Moleskine (good or bad), this past week.

2018 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red (Columbia Valley, WA)… $18.

Black tea, currants and licorice on the nose with a hit of wilted red rose petal. Ripe currants hit the front of the palate joined by a kiss of licorice and slight bark and earth elements. Nicely integrated acidity gives it good balance front to finish which is long and earthy. Currant notes linger with a little grip action on the back-end. (B)

2016 J. Bookwalter “Readers” Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, WA)… $20.

Light currant notes on the nose with a kiss of baking spices, earth and red flowers. Solid currant notes front to finish with underlying veggie notes sneaking through. Soft tannins that have a slight edge to them. Red flower notes hit big on the mid-palate leading into a currant and red flower finish. Good balance and nicely integrated acidity that gives the wine a lift on the palate. (B/B+)

2016 J. Bookwalter “Readers” Merlot (Columbia Valley, WA)… $20.

Red flowers and currants on the nose with a little beet and earth action. This baby has a creamy texture in the mouth with notes of currants and red flowers shining through and a hit of veggie that barely creeps out. Soft tannins, good balance and nice integration of all the elements. (B)

2018 J. Bookwalter “Readers” Chardonnay (Columbia Valley, WA)… $15.

Prominent pears on the nose with a slight hit of apple. Sweet creamy pear notes on the palate that expand on the mid-palate into the finish where acidity sneaks out and keeps it fresh in the mouth. Apple notes join up on the back-end. Good balance and integration, just a touch fruit-foward. (B-/B)

2017 Time & Direction Syrah (Columbia Valley, WA)… $46.

Aromas of bacon fat, earth and currants. Meaty currant notes on the palate with a splash of plums and black pepper. Violet notes are the backbone of this baby with a good dose of balanced acidity that gives the wine a lift in the mouth. A kiss of blueberries and licorice come through on the long finish. This is what Washington State Syrah is all about. (B+/A-)

Cheers!

Stan The Wine Man

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