Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on July 14, 2008:
Ok, so my apologies for sending in my strip video to Virgin Mobile that led to the uproar. I couldn’t help myself after drinking some plonk wine from the local roadside covenience store. “It was a shock to everybody” was referring to my bright orange underwear, resembling a basketball with the phrase, “Shoot, don’t dribble” in a strategically placed area. “World’s oldest blogger dies” in Australia…no, folks, that was not me. But, thanks for asking. And talk about symbolism…Miss USA took a dive on the catwalk in the Miss Universe pageant. And if you hold any WA bank stock, my pal, you experienced the same thing today. Ouch!
Gotta love the Giant Wine Co. since Mark Ryan McNeilly and fellow inmate Chris Gorman run the show there at Woodniville North in the Mark Ryan block of industrial tenants. They threw a haute party to release their Sinner’s Punch-es, but, to be honest, the ghost stole the show. In typical Mark Ryan ambience, the gathering was hosted in their barrel room with classic hits blaring on the hidden portable, under low lights, with ample cheese and cuts fare. I still can’t get the answer to why the ghost and 413 thing yet, but, I surmise, someday I will. Wine with personality, is good wine, and Mark Ryan (the Lumberjack) and Chris Gorman (the RockStaR) supply personality in spades. You could spot these guys in a crowd just by feeling the electricity coming off their personas. And hey, they know how to make good wine, too. They represent the best of the faction of today’s WA winemakers from generation X. Throw in Jerry (the Cop…aka Vino Columbo) Riener, and there’s a modern version of The Three Musketeers…that, or The Three Stooges, I haven’t quite concluded, yet. But, I digress.
Tonight’s hominy was good ol’ meatloaf with a side of corned beef cabbage. On opening, had to love the black synthetic cork with an impression of a barstool on one side. This winery is full of inside jokes that I will decipher for you winechatr readers someday. The wine held its own, on its own. And, melded wonderfully with the mild flavors of the meat and the loaf. It also went quite well with a dessert of corn chips. A well-crafted syrah, indeed.
Nose: vanilla and dark fruits. Color: blackish red. Mouthfeel: warm and weighty. Tail Trail: 6 seconds. Flavors: blackberries, tannins, dark plum, black pepper, and warmth.
Alcohol: 14.2%. Less than 100 cases left at the winery, if not sold out. Rated: 86. Value: $30. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.