Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bear with me while I wine

Yesterday I got the brilliant idea that I should start blogging about wine. I should have learned by now that those voices in my head should not be entertained. Some days I feel lost in this sea of blogging about nonsense, without any theme or direction. Would lack of direction be classified as direction in itself? I am continuously amazed that people are entertained enough by my rambling to read this blog. Well, besides my family and friends, who aren’t entertained, but come here under duress. I underwhelm myself with the topics that I choose to write about. Besides Kate, I mean, she’s got a stage name in her future. But, in all honesty, what do I give you? Zip. Zilch. Nada.

So, last night as I was opening a bottle of wine, I was struck with a sheer bolt of genius. I should start reviewing the wines I try and make recommendations to my readers. Now, I’m no sommelier, but I ascertain than you can gain expertise strictly by consumption. Additionally, I have toured many wineries, “sampled” my way through Napa Valley, and am familiar with terms like full-bodied, tannin, woodsy, and hints of sandalwood. I know the appropriate pairings for fish, steak, and pasta. I uncorked a bottle of red last night and pondered the review I would write about the Skyhawk Cabernet Sauvignon 2004.



The Skyhawk Cabernet did not disappoint. I was multitasking during this effort, in an attempt to catch up on some blog reading while I enjoyed this particular Cabernet. I won’t complicate, or belabor this review by boring you with descriptors that I may or may not have paid attention to. It could easily be paired with steak, salmon, your toddlers leftover mac-n-cheese, or half a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. It is equally lovely with the only pairing to be with a second glass.

What do you mean that isn’t helpful? Is my palate not discriminating enough for you? Perhaps I don’t have a knack for writing wine reviews. There goes another of my well intended ideas.

Aren’t you glad I stick to blogging about nonsense?

15 comments:

Lisa said...

i think each person finds something different in each blog they choose to frequent.
its kind of like an escape from one real life into the life of another.
I like your writing and feel like we are having a coffee and a chat.
Lisa xx

The Rambler said...

Keep doing it! Especially the pairing with our "kid-friendly" foods :) (who gets the mommy brilliant award?)

Lyndsay said...

Lisa - See, it's just a good example/reason why I am meant to blog about nothing. Oh, but it would have been a good excuse to drink wine.

Rambler - Amen sister! Although, I could come up with an excuse to pair wine with almost anything, LOL!

Petunia said...

Keep up the wine reviews! I always need and want to know which wine goes with Dorritos! Somehow I was thinking they all do. My bad!

Call Me Cate said...

I once asked the "wine guy" at the store to suggest a pinot noir. "What are you going to pair it with?" A glass. Duh. So I appreciate pairing your cab with a second glass of the same.

I love wine but I don't know why I like what I do and don't like others. "Too sweet" is my most frequent complaint. My best one is the bourbon someone recommended that "tastes like trees".

You blog about whatever you like - I appreciate your take on many subjects, your writing voice, and your sense of humor.

Lyndsay said...

Petunia - My sentiments exactly and affirmation as to why I shouldn't write wine reviews.

Cate - "A glass" priceless! I don't know why I like wines I do either, hence the laudable reviews. I am 95% sure to love any Pinot Noir or Cab and 95% sure not to love anything too sweet.

Busy Bee Suz said...

this is too funny....sounds like my wine reviews too...Love it.
Keep it up...I want to see other's drink also to keep myslef from hitting an aa meeting.

Ann's Rants said...

GREAT IDEA. Hopefully wine companies will start sending you samples. caCHING, gulPING.

Please make a 'wine' label so I can reference your reviews easily?

OOOOhhh I'm excited about this. Seriously, this is an awesome niche and you should market it. Wine giveaways?!? Right ON.

Liz said...

I am ALWAYS up for a good wine recommendation!!

A fave of mine... Layered Cake Malbec (found at Trader Joe's).

Lyndsay said...

Liz, Malbec's rank up there as my third favorite. Don't mention Trader Joe's, I might just drool and be forced to drive the 2.5 hours to find one!

Rachel Cotterill said...

That's a perfectly good wine review. All I need to know is 'is it drinkable?' ;)

Crazy Mo said...

I'll be sure to let my Shiraz breath before I eat my Hamburger Helper tonight.

Comedy Goddess said...

I think you are on to something! Good luck!

Jenners said...

Any wine that goes with salmon and Doritos is the wine for me!

Erin said...

my boyfriend is a sommelier...I'm not even kidding, I wish I was. He was a wine rep for years and they were trained to be experts, so my criteria of picking wine (pretty label, on sale...good name) erk him to no end! My idea of a good wine review is something along the lines of, "pairs well with a second gless" or however you worded it...good work my pretend friend :)