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 …

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 …

Eola Hills 2012

You know the particular magic of still living in the place that raised you. There was that one beat venue in town- a place that held your fascination until you thought your neck was going to burst. Everything your older siblings decried it for, its squat slanting roof, that one window that looked like a black eye- it gave you …

Acrobat 2012

For a central metaphor about Acrobat, you have to look no further that the title. This is a nimble wine, a lot more flexible than others in its breed. It manages to swing and swerve around the common pitfalls of table wine- the sugar isn’t shouting for the alcohol to pipe down. Here we find a limb-spinning semi-erotic theatre of …

Duck Pond 2012

At the bar where all the fruit drink, Blueberries get the sloppiest. They get to the bar early, start taking shots of vodka alone. They begin drinking pensively, regard the act of drinking like a conversation. By the time the Blackberries show up at six and order G&Ts the Blueberries are good and toasted. They’re pleased with themselves then, but …

Erath 2013

When is Pinot Noir not a Pinot Noir? How can we place essential qualities on a natural artifact? Isn’t the universe composed mostly of mystery? How can we define a nature that is forever evolving into the future? Erath Winery has produced a Pinot with its berry flavor buried. A mask reversed. Identity deep under the earth. Its a soil …