Celebrating Physics Breakthrough with Champagne

(Such a happy moment, I’ll forgive the inappropriate stemware…)



VINEgeek VINstagram: DIVUS 2009 Jumilla

#mourvedremonday a.k.a. #monastrellmonday | #vinegeek

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Metal Monday at Terroir

NOTE: I just found this finished post that I never got around to publishing. I wrote it back in March (in case you’re confused about the snow references).


I heart metal
I heart wine
More so when they’re combined

Silversun Pickups – Busy Bees


I was in NYC recently for a (day job) conference and found myself with a free evening in Manhattan. It was snowing so I wanted to walk around a bit (living in Austin, I don’t see a lot of snow) and eventually find somewhere to have dinner. The conference hotel was in Times Square and I quickly realized there were not many inspiring choices nearby. It was then, standing in the falling snow, that it dawned on me: Terroir. A quick Google Maps search told me the closest of their locations (Murray Hill) was a 25-30 minute walk. Perfect.

Thirty minutes and two soggy oxfords later, I walked into heaven: Mondays at Terroir Murray Hill are Metal Mondays.

After settling in and making friends with the fellas behind the bar, I ordered some olives and chicken liver bruschetta and studied the wine list. I wanted to try as many things as possible while remembering that I had to be at the conference at 8:30 am the next day. So I was very happy to see that their wines by the glass list was extensive and had full glasses and tasting pours. I stuck with the tasting pours and below are the wines I tasted along a very brief note/reaction (unhelpful, I know, but I wasn’t in the mood to write proper tasting notes) and metal track that was playing when I was tasting it. (They deviated from the theme — Chicago Dance Metal Scene — early and often, including an extended Metallica interlude, which was fine by me.) It was an excellent evening.

Tell your children not to walk my way.

Gutturnio Colli Placentini Rosso, La Stoppa, 2009 Emilia-Romangna

Seriously savory. Seriously good with the olives.

KMFDM – Godlike (12″ Mix Edit)

Musar Jeune, Château Musar, 2010 Bekka Valley


Metallica – Hit The Lights

Campi Raudii, Vallana, 2010 Piedmont

Really? Really.

Metallica – Whiplash

Nicolas Joly 2010 Le Vieux Clos Savennières Loire Valley

Hells, yes.

Metallica – Seek & Destroy

Peter Jakob Kühn 2008 Quarzit Riesling Trocken Rheingau

Flinty, f*ckyou fantastic.

Ministry – You Know What You Are

Mas Coutelou 2011 Classe Languedoc

The title of this track says it all.

Slayer – Beauty Through Order

VINEgeek VINstagram: Old Telegram

Bonny Doon 2010 Old Telegram (100% Mataro/Mourvèdre)
#vinegeekapproved #mourvedremonday #vinegeek @bonnydoonvineyard

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VINEgeek VINstagram: Lirac-in’ The Suburbs (With Apologies to Ben Folds)

Lirac-in’ the suburbs. #vinegeek

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VINEgeek VINstagram: Picpoul

Bonny Doon Picpoul with dinner fixings (salsa for grilled shrimp tostadas). #vinegeek

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VINEgeek VINstagram: Le Cigare ’08

Bonny Doon 2008 Le Cigare Volant ‘en foudre’

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VINEgeek VINstagram: Texas Rosé of Mourvèdre

Texas Hill Country Rosé of Mourvèdre #yeehaw #vinegeek

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VINEgeek VINstagram

Marcel Lapierre, guacamole and my laptop. The closest I can get to work-life balance these days. #vinegeek #vinegeekapproved #naturalwine on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/Z9UPMOs50D/

Tasting Trione

Here’s a sextet of wines from Trione, tasted from 50ml Tasting Room samples.

Trione 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

Pungent nose calls to mind fresh-cut grass. Bright lime flavors with a saline quality (tequila shot?) and sharp acidity. It has a persistant, mineral finish. Some might find it too lean for their tastes, [...]

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