Joseph Carr


Caught a late dinner a couple nights ago and didn’t realize until after he had already left that i was sitting next to Winemaker Joseph Carr.  Would have enjoyed chatting with him.  🙂   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Rustenberg 2007 Meritage


Happy Wine Wednesday to all and the wine topic of the day is South African wine.  South African wine to me can be really inconsistent with it’s quality, but when you find a good one, they are absolutely mystical, contemplative and in their own rite.  So, last night my friend and I opened a bottle of 2007  Rustenberg by John X Merriman from Stellenbosch; and I was very pleased with what I fell into.  This balanced Meritage blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec had awesome deep flavors of blackberry, rustic earth, green pepper, graphite, with a tad of tobacco and vanilla extract. With smooth tannin and great feel throughout, this wine was an absolute joy to drink!  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on July 20, 2011 at 8:15 am  Comments (2)  
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AZ Wine, Solace, and South African Shiraz


Went to AZ Wine in Scottsdale AZ last night, which was the place that actually got me hooked on drinking wine and grabbed a nice glass of Dry Creek Valley Zin, making my way to The Tuscany section, settling into solace.  Such a perfect moment it was to be sipping a wonderful glass of vino after a hard days work, perusing fine wines and taking in the awesome surroundings.   After taking in The Tuscany and Piedmont sections and then making my way over to The Northern Rhone, drolling and dreaming deeply for a seemingly forever moment, i was approached by a friendly wine steward and he asked if i would like to try a wine he was given as gift.    🙂

It was a 2007 South African Shiraz that was very rare and it had a bouquet of Earth that was wild, massive and dumbfounding.  It was like barley and wheat on Steroids with a slight undertone of clay and gunflint. South African wines are so hit and miss quality wise, but when they nail it, they are some of the most contemplative, seductive, earthiest wines in the world.   After a glass and half of wonderful wine and daydreaming about anothor world, a world filled with purity and peace, i was on my way again; On my way to experience another moment, another opportunity to appreciate this ultimate gift of Life. 🙂

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