In honor of Dr. Erica Blue, we dedicate this post as the health issue. Lately, the news has flooded our feeble minds with more misleading information of “eat this” or “don’t eat that or else” so we decided to clear up the consequences of your inadequate dietary consumption.
First off is the ‘felon penalty.’ A 30 year-old Iowa man will be spending an extra six months in the ‘pen for stealing a fellow resident’s Girl Scout cookies at a halfway house. Of course, it did not help that he was still on federal probation for a previous crime and that he did not report to his probation officer that he lost his factory job. Rumor has it the criminal bought a box of Thanks-A-Lot cookies for his roomie as a parting gift.
Remember the mantra of “Ya gotta go to college to get ahead?” The nerds at Harvard warn us that eating even a half-serving of red meat (1.5 oz) daily resulted in a 6% increase in death. Those same pencil-necked geeks also warned that men who drank one sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20% increased risk of heart attack. Leave it to the locals at Montlake (UW) to correlate male circumcision with a 15% reduction in contracting prostate cancer. Huh? Now, that’s a head scratcher. I wonder if similar benefits can be attained if my local banh mi sandwich maker would just omit adding head cheese to my order… Seriously, is this how universities are spending federal research dollars? Is it any wonder we are $14 trillion in debt? I guess if you go to UW, you go to get a head.
Speaking of… hey readers, heads up! Every now and then, I come across a purdy darn exciting discovery (of sorts) that revises the current reference standards of truly great wines. For such discoveries this year, we shall give due acclaim as “Great Discoveries of 2012.”
Here’s the inaugural bottle.
Adams Bench Winery last produced a sangiovese with the 2006 vintage (and a mere 49 cases at that) so it was quite a surprise to see this back on the marquee during a recent visit. While the 2006 version was sourced from grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, this stunner was picked off the former Cavatappi block at the legendary Red Willow Vineyard in the western Yakima Valley AVA. However, only one barrel was produced, and the subsequent 25 cases squeezed from it went straight to allocation for their wine club. The official winery line is the wine is “sold out,” but word on the street is if you “off” a club member who has yet to pickup their spring shipment, then one bottle is freed up for sale. My security detail came through and there are now TWO bottles in the wineman’s shed and we’re looking for more. Just sayin’.
Food pairing was the wineman’s masterpiece spaghetti with the red sauce hand-crushed from 20 Roma tomatoes, a special blend of herbs and a generous dollop of Cooper Wine Company’s olive oil. Bellissimo!
Tasted at 59-65 degrees on the IR temp gun. Heavenly aromas of dark cherry chocolate, espresso and black licorice emanate from the squid ink core with dark magenta rims in the Riedel. Full and robust on the palate with flavors of willow bark, bright red berries, red rose petals, allspice, cinnamon, and roasted cocoa nibs that fan like a male peacock’s train ignited from a long fuse.
Alcohol: 15.3% (will be felt). Pure. Red Willow Vineyard (Yakima Valley AVA). Neutral oak. 25 cases. Sold out. Retailed at $52.50. Named after Ursula Peavy, beloved sister. Sounds like she’s dead, but no, she’s alive and well and guarding the register. Dear Leonetti, you make a great sangiovese but, I regret to inform you, there’s a new “Best Sangiovese in America” on the block. Power: 4/5. Balance: 3/5. Depth: 4/5. Finesse: 4/5. Rated: 95. Music pairing: “Shake The World” by Melissa Molinaro. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.