Dopplegangers. No I ain’t talkin’ bout no beer here. Talking about doubles. Recently I’ve read about Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith telling Will Ferrell to stop impersonating him, and Samuel L. Jackson destroying a news anchor on a local station for confusing him with Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). You always hear that ol’ wives’ tale about there being someone who looks just like you somewhere in the world, and oddly enough, I’ve heard that my whole life.
Interestingly I sometimes get mistaken for J.P., the wine buyer out at Party Town, in Florence, KY. I’ve known J.P. for a number of years – we’ve crossed paths in this business obviously, yet I here customers come in and ask what I was doing pouring at the tasting at Party Town last week. It’s kinda funny really.
Yet J.P. and I, in my opinion, don’t look anything alike. He’s better looking than I am for one thing, and his hair is longer. But other than that, I can see how people get us mixed up.
Meanwhile, I had to reach into the lost archives for this one – a visit from Kymber Tymber with the wines of One Hope and Chocolate Shop:
Lady Lola Sparkling Pinot Grigio Italy NV. Grade=Good. A decent, effervescent PG from the folks at Voga – who know absolutely nothing about how bottles fit on shelves. Another ridiculously-shaped bottle that will garner nothing but puzzelement and dust on the shelves.
One Hope Sparkling Brut Calfornia NV. Grade=Very Good. 100% French Colombard. Lively and fresh with clean acidity and bright stone fruit aromas and flavors.
One Hope Chardonnay California 2010. Grade=Fair. Headed south; think this one is turning for the worst, though it still shows some apple and pear fruit.
One Hope Sauvignon Blanc California 2011. Grade=Very Good. Herbaceous and citrusy with some light notes of lemongrass, cilantro and dill.
One Hope Zinfandel California 2011. Grade=Very Good. Juicy red fruits, baking spices, cocoa and graham cracker. Pretty enjoyable for Zin fans.
One Hope Merlot California 2011. Grade=Fair. Fairly mediocre Merlot; a bit of blue fruit, some pepper and herbs, then rolls right off a cliff.
One Hope Cabernet Sauvignon California 2011. Grade=Very Good. A medium-to-full-bodied red, spicy with dense black and red fruits.
Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine Washington State NV. Grade=Very Good. For your sweet tooth; this red wine tempered with dark chocolate is exactly what you’d expect, yet showing some balance and restraint. Great in lieu of a dessert or giving your dentist a heart attack.
Chocolate Shop Crème de Cocoa Washington State NV. Grade=Very Good. Like biting into an Ester Price’s chocolate-covered cherry; it’s sweet of course, but again, has a nice balance of acidity.