I was thinking about this last night, in the midst of all those semi-erotic dreams of Dana Delaney, semi-naked and swimming in apple butter. My blog posting has morphed from this all-over-the-map blathering, to being fixated on tasting notes, to now, a fragmented diary of “woe-is-me-and-shit” and oh, here’s those obligatory tasting notes.
Unfortunately, it’s how my mind works. Like a dog with a chew toy, and then all of a sudden, “squirrel!” I work in an environment where I have to whip it out as soon as possible, and no, I am not talking about my junk – that would be repulsive. Amusing, but repulsive.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about how to wind this year up. I hope to do things a bit differently – not so much soapboxing after my egomaniacal Top 100 list comes out in two weeks. I’ve been mulling over actually rating my wine reps and their respective companies, just for laughs. There are some great companies we work with regularly, and the sales reps are all fantastic people. Yet there is still a company or two that insists on letting us know how big they are by flexing their bureaucratic muscles, and showing us that for every company who wants to work with us, they choose to make things more and more difficult.
I’ve never understood the concept behind the existing laws and regulations in place now, regarding wine and spirits. I get that the main goals are to keep people from skirting their legal responsibilities of paying taxes, preventing minors from accessing wine and spirits, and curbing alcoholism and alcohol-related crimes, but the way it all is addressed is monumentally archaic. Along with the state alcohol beverage control boards, you would think that along with addressing the aforementioned responsibilities of this industry, these organizations would want retailers and restaurants to sell more product. It benefits every level of the industry if retailers and restaurants are successful, yet the impediments that currently exist are problematic at best. I won’t blather on any further about it, except to say, it really doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Moving on, I cracked open the wines of NXNW, King Estate’s Washington State venture, to taste with the staff:
NXNW Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills 2012. Grade=Very Good. Clean, crisp Chardonnay, showing ripe apples, pears and lemon.
NXNW Riesling Horse Heaven Hills 2011. Grade=Very Good. Bright acidity shows in this light, white wine. Pretty white flowers, lime and mineral notes shine.
NXNW Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010. Grade=Outstanding. Full-bodied Cab, firm tannins, ripe black berry fruit, dark plum, pepper and sage.
NXNW Late Harvest Riesling Wallula Benches 2011. Grade=Outstanding. A ridiculous value, this half-bottle of dessert wine is toffee, orange zest, apricot, chamomile and orange blossom.
One day, I am hopeful that the nonsensical way wine and spirits laws are enacted and enforced will change. Then again, you will probably find me dead in a corner, bloated and blue from holding my breath indefinitely. Thank God for my sales reps, who are real human beings.