Firesteed 2013

  Imagine being on an elevator with a stranger for several floors and right before you get off they complain bitterly, seething through the teeth, at package delivery rates at the Post Office. Or – stranger and less consequential- imagine being in line at the bank when the person behind you in line is emphatically gushing to you about just …

Hogue 2013

That one friend of yours that’s obsessed with Murder Mystery Dinners. Riding a canoe in a pool. Bird-watching. In fact, the wine at the Bird-Watching Society annual reunion. The cribbage tournament after party. Hogue is a little nutty, is what I’m saying, and better than it has any right to be. It’s an earthy, autumnal wine with a joyful mineral …

Farmlands 2011

Whenever I introduce my friends to Settlers of Catan, I tell them its a communist version of Risk. It’s a muddled analogy at best, but what I mean is: the wheat. Farmlands reminds me of that same flaxen gold. It’s a conversational white, one that avoids simple classification into buttery or citrus. Farmlands presents bright up front; its got a …

Bridgeview 2013

Sometimes you get invited, through your own work- or dragged by a friend to some kind of holiday/charity party, that, while vaguely dull and suffocating, you end up having a good time anyway. Bridgeview is like that. Cloyingly sweet, this is the wine equivalent of effusive small talk- this wine is full of time-honored and unfunny jokes that nonetheless render …