I’ve been out of commission for the past week or so. Getting down with the sickness is not an enjoyable pursuit, believe me. Everybody gets sick this time of year, like we wade through a kiddie-pool petri dish of germs, splashing each other with the microbial putrescence until there is no one uninfected. It’s the very reason I feel like The Walking Dead will be a reality one day; everyone just keeps on passing the yuck around.
Anyway, I feel a bit uninspired these days; my blog subjects consist primarily of the end of the year silliness to be had around the store, maybe a few funny customer interaction stories, and perhaps the cleaning up of samples around “La Chambre du Deuce.”
There is no vacationing this time of year, to be sure. No jetting off to Australia or Spain. No gallivanting to Napa Valley or wandering off to Virginia wine country. Just the repetitious yet enjoyable slinging of grape juice to the masses here at TPS.
Scouring the Interwebs for inspiration, I am glad to see Katie Pazutto back at Gonzo Gastronomy. And of course, my usual perusements – Samantha Sans Dosage, Hosemaster of Wine, Steve Heimoff and On the Wine Trail in Italy – are all great as always. Yet maybe I should be looking elsewhere for inspiration. Maybe I should rely solely on my inner weirdo to spew for the nonsense I know only those crazy enough to sift through this stuff is reading this stuff.
One of the things I try to avoid is posting about Thanksgiving. Everybody does it, except me. Kinda like sex. (Hey, I can say that, I am married, though I might be in the doghouse again anyway.) I am quite thankful for a lot of things – my wife, my home, my job, my family, friends, and Life in general. Yet the Internet fills up with all of that and it comes across just a huge cacophonous buzzing noise in the ethers. I guess it’s a whole lot better than Twitter, which is just a bunch of bitter, whiny bitches bickering back and forth – WTF happened to that social media platform anyway? I was coerced into Twitter years ago by good friends @shels and @Architek1, and now, aside from updating the Twitterverse on my latest blog posts, I haven’t much to say (for fear somebody is going to call me a douchenozzle or something).
In catching up from the sick leave, Martin & Co. wineslinger Carl “The Beast” Best dropped by recently with three incredible Italians:
Talamonti Moda DOC 2011. Grade=Very Good. A remarkable value Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, soft-fruited with splashy blue fruit, slight baking spice, mineral and smoke.
Duca di Saragnano Chianti DOCG 2010. Grade=Very Good. Old-school Sangiovese, with cedar spice, sour cherry, rosemary and green olive notes, this is a great, well-balanced red.
Talamonti Kudos Colline Pescaresi Rosso IGT 2007. Grade=Outstanding. 70% Montepulciano and 30% Merlot combine to give you a lush, dense and thoroughly complex red, smoky with dark mocha, black cherry and dried herbs.
The plan for the coming year, in transitioning into a more involved buyer at the store, is to travel a bit more, spend a bit more time visiting local wineries, and get back into the whole wine-is-a-social-medium thing. Big plans for 2014. Just nothing absolutely concrete yet.
In the meantime, inspiration is out there. Waiting. Patiently. For me to turn the corner, then push me down and give me a wedgie.