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Whatever Floats Your Cork (Jezebel, 2009 Pinot Noir, Oregon)

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Drinking wine is like listening to music.  Sometimes you want to listen to a song to elevate a good feeling, or to forget a bad day.  Sometimes you want to rock out to your favorite band, and sometimes you want to mellow out to the haunting vocals of a lyrical hero.

Too often we drink wine because it’s the wine everyone else is drinking.  This is similar to hearing a song on the radio and when you realize you don’t really like it, it’s too late — you’ve heard it so many times it’s stuck in your head.

I hate to admit I’m intrigued by Katy Perry.  She worked with Alanis Morrisette during the mid 90’s and appears (to me) to have potential.  I will continue to keep my thoughts to myself though, while I listen to Teenage Dream in my car on the way to work. 

Just like musical tastes, people should drink what they truly enjoy — even if it’s the much maligned white zinfandel.  After all, if you’re not drinking the wine you like, there is no sense in drinking it at all.

My musical tastes are more diverse than my taste for wine.  I have 50’s pop, hardcore punk, classical, jazz, ‘smooth’ jazz, new country, classic country, classic rock, and anything else you can think of in any of those spectrums.  I have reggae, Cuban, Latin jazz, and even a little bit of hip hop. 

Paso Robles vineyards

When it comes to wine, however, there exists only a small range of wines I’ve explored.   I have had many chardonnays, cabernets, syrah, and zinfandels from the Paso Robles area, Amador Valley, and the Livermore Valley.  I don’t know that much about Napa wines, and if I were asked to point out on a map of France where the Rhone region is located, I would fail miserably.

What’s worse, besides the initial foray into chardonnays, cabernets, syrahs, and zinfandels, the only other wines I’ve explored at length have been Rhone varietals — viognier, mourvedre, grenache, and GSM, the blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre.

I’m not worried though.  I’ve already had a malbec that I would love again, and I am prepared to buy and drink an unknown wine from Wine Thieves that I may not like.   The experience will be good, and I’ll be smarter in the long run when making choices in wine tasting at wineries or at restaurants. 

After all, it’s like my Miles Davis collection on CD.  I have 23 or so now, but there’s always room for the remaining 40 or 50 other classic albums that I don’t have yet.


Tonight’s Tasting:  Jezebel, 2009 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Listening to: Wayne Shorter, Adam’s Apple with Herbie Hancock, Reginald Workman, and Joe Chambers, 1966

Appearance:  clear medium rim, pale red hue

Nose: light spice, faint earthy scent

Palate: light berry on initial impression, soft body, mild berry and woodiness on finish

 This wine was a good value (from Diablo Foods) and a very good pinot noir.  This is a great every day wine for a pinot lover.


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San Francisco East Bay

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