Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on September 5, 2010:
Combine a double-dip economy with a two-week Seattle summer along with an ominous shooting of Parkland cops earlier this year, and what the Seattle-area has is a rash of trigger-happy police all too willing to use deadly force in response to a threat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ranting against the police. I may flip off the radar police (as a First Amendment right) on the highways but I’m all for using whatever weapons by police as a response to not cooperating with reasonable orders. The latest closet-psycho was an “incredible and deep empathetic” 59 year-old who happened to fashion an AK-47 assault rifle AT police after requests to put the weapon down.
This caps a week where at least four people were shot or Tazed by regional police for refusing to cooperate with police demands. The responsibility lies on the citizens, who are brainwashed by Hollywood movies to “show up” authority, to obey and comply with authorities when called to do so. Besides, wtf is the justification for pointing an AK-47 at someone anyway?? Just when you think you know your neighbors…you really do not.
Speaking of deception, we come to tonight’s wine. This has nothing to do with the winery, mind you. I was at an Albertson’s supermarket shopping for wine when the wine steward solicited me this wine as a “96-point wine” by some big media magazine. Let’s be sensible…a $6.99 wine that is rated a ‘96’ and found at a supermarket? No. I don’t think so. But she insisted, so I bought it since it looked cheap, I never heard of this winery, and it was cheap. Trust me, I am no fan of paying good money on wine that is not from Washington State simply because it is overpriced. Yes, I know some foreign countries make better-value wines, but those are exceptions and not the rule. To me, there is no other region in the world that consistently produces quality wines across-the-board at a price below its competitors.
I won’t go into detail about a winery from Borja, Spain other than this wine was imported by Elliott Bay Distributing of Seattle. The back label states “each varietal is vinified separately” and is “estate bottled.” The winery’s website is minimal as this version is not even listed in its catalogue. Much worse is the conflicting information on wine.com’s website where it credits The Wine Advocate with giving the wine’s composition as “80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo.” The back label states the wine is 75% Garnacha and 25% Tempranillo. Who’s right, who’s wrong? Who’s watching, and most important, who cares?
(I just finished viewing “The Cove,” a disturbing look at dolphin killing in a small enclave in Japan. I don’t recommend any red wine paired with that documentary.)
Tonight’s food pairing was a classic comfort food: Stagg chili and BallPark Hearty Beef hot dogs. A cheap date made in heaven.
Tasted at 56-65 degrees on the IR gun. Color: dark plum. Nose: very faint black cherry and a scent reminiscent of walking by the fertilizer section at the garden store. Mouthfeel: light but dense. Tail trail: 2 seconds. Flavors (ephemeral): black plum, cherry, some oak, raspberry.
Alcohol: 14%. Spain. Rated: 88. Value: $8. Paid: $7. Music pairing: “Lies” by the Thompson Twins. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.