Happy Thursday, human beings. I started my day with a 3000 yard swim. This week is peak training week for my race on May 4th, but even during peak week it is important to give your body a break from pounding the pavement. Cross training days are a key component of being a balanced athlete. I must say, it felt GOOD to get in the pool, feel the water on my body, and let my mind wander while I counted laps.
I love the idea of Eric Asimov’s Wine School. In his first article in the series he emphasizes that this endeavor is not about TASTING wine: the swishing and spitting routine that erudite sommeliers go through. This project is about DRINKING and experiencing wine: he wants ordinary people to try out lots of different kinds of wine and reflect upon what qualities they enjoy. His writing takes the ivory tower of oenology and makes it approachable, while educational instead of intimidating. I like wine, and I want to learn more about it. I think I will be enrolling in Wine School!
One of my goals for April was to drink more wine, and this seems like the perfect excuse to accomplish that goal! I enjoy wine, but I keep going back to the same few varieties over and over again. I’m excited that this series affords me the opportunity to expand my horizons and try some new things! I missed the Bordeaux assignment for March. That’s a shame (although probably a good thing for my wallet), the last time I drank Bordeaux was when Alli came to visit. That bottle, and that dinner, was AMAZING; I can’t remember what specific vineyard it came from, nor the year–so much of what we enjoy about wine comes from who we are enjoying it with.
|Bordeaux with Alli|
|Rose with my Class-mates in Oregon|
This month’s assignment for wine school is: Beaujolais! I am excited, I rarely think to order or buy french wines (for no good reason at all–I just always order spanish wine); maybe I need remedial wine school. The bottles that Eric is recommending are all reasonably priced ($14-$22). He suggests: Domaine du Clos du Fief/Michel Tête Juliénas 2011, Jean-Paul Brun/Terres Dorées Côte de Brouilly 2011, and Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2011. I am going to make an effort to track down at least one of them over the next few weeks. One of the cool things about this month’s column is that Eric gave some specific questions to ponder while drinking the wine: not just about the flavors and how the wine feels in your mouth, but also the emotions you are experiencing when you drink it.
I checked and I should be able to track down these bottles at Wine World in Seattle. I have no excuse…and as a Grad Student I ALWAYS do my homework. I’m looking forward to drinking my way through this curriculum.
OK readers, winos, true believers: Who’s coming to Wine School with me?
What is YOUR favorite kind of wine right now?