It’s been a while, I know. I just finished a 12-page memo for my legal writing class; I have a very small window of freedom before the wheels of finals start turning.
Just because I haven’t written for over a month doesn’t mean I’ve stopped drinking. Well–I’ve cut down my alcohol consumption generally, which is a good thing. (For instance, I can actually remember what I’m doing while I’m doing what I’m doing!) Nonetheless, I have had many, many bottles of wine.
My original intent for this wine blog was to keep track of the wines I consumed. I’ve let dozens slip through the cracks, unfortunately. My solution for this is to post shorter comments more frequently. Occasionally–when I have time–I will post longer musings on wine and its connection to life, etc.
Autumn in DC has been pretty cool–literally. Currently, it’s about 55 degrees outside. There were days of high 30s – low 40s. I’m used to short bursts of cold weather in California (especially up north), but sustained cold is something new to me. I like it, however. I don’t get all sweaty walking around; I can layer; my roommate Alex can make thick, hearty stews; and I feel more alert. Oh yeah, and there are no more darn mosquitoes to eat me alive.
Concomitantly, I’ve turned away from white wines and have started to look more to reds to sustain my alcoholic tendencies. Côtes du Rhône come to mind, as do malbec from Cahors and tannat-based wines from Irouleguy.
I will be making rabbit stew for dinner tomorrow (you can buy rabbit at Eastern Market for like… $3.99 a pound!) and am thinking of serving it with a Clos La Coutale from the Cahors region of France. This wine–70% malbec, 15% merlot, and 15% tannat–was one of my favorites from Kermit Lynch in Berkeley, and I was so excited to see one lone bottle at the Wine Specialist the other day… for $13.99 it was a bit more expensive than in California, but then again, we ARE on the opposite side of the US from Berkeley. I will be sure to post my thoughts on that meal afterwards–if I have the time!