Sunday, March 28, 2010

Breaking Radio Silence

I'm baaaaaack! Well, not really. I'm not going to be as prolific or systematic. But I'll be posting sporadically as articles or wines inspire me.

I've decided I'll be posting tasting notes from CellarTracker (which will apparently morph into Grape Stories soon). Now, I have a bad habit of posting scores with my notes as an internal system to keep track of what I like. Plus most people score wines there, and the best way to bash or laud wines is to annihilate or bump their scores, respectively. So if you link back to CellarTracker, the scores will be there. But I won't post them on the blog.

So that's that.


Jeff said...

Great to hear that you're back. I enjoy your musings.

CabFrancoPhile said...

I take it you're back from Italy. Good trip? I've been following your wine postings, looks like there is good stuff relatively cheap.

Jeff said...

Yeah, of course it was a good trip. I don't know about you, but I love Italy, especially Rome. Anyways, I like the culture of wine there--it's very unpretentious, to the point that more often than not, you get wine in highball glasses. It's sort of refreshing to have wine relegated back to what it has been for centuries--food. I was also pleasantly surprised with all of the "house" wine that we got. Almost without exception, the house wines were fantastic with whatever we were eating. I wouldn't say that the majority of them would merit drinking on their own or were that complex, but I'll be damned if they weren't just perfect for the food. I think that's very different from what you would get if you order "house" wine in the United States. Also, I was surprised by how cheap they were...given that a "cheap" bottle of wine in most restaurants in the US is a minimum of 25$ (at least in Los Angeles), and frequently even more than that, it was refreshing to be able to get an half liter of decent, food friendly wine for about 6 Euro (roughly 8$ with the exchange). When you think about it, that's the same price as a glass--or even less--in most restaurants or bars in the US.