Thanks to the encouragement of some here, I have joined various wineries' clubs/mailing lists mostly to try wines that I generally can't find on retail store shelves.
Today I received an e-mail notification from Bedrock advising which wines will be in their Spring 2014 release.
- 2013 Ode to Lulu Rose, Old-Vine Rosé
- 2013 Abrente Albarino, Napa Carneros
- 2013 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc (Kick Ranch and Judge Vineyard)
- 2013 Gibson Ranch Grenache Gris, McDowell Valley
- 2012 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine, Sonoma Valley
- 2012 Griffin's Lair Syrah, Sonoma Coast
- 2012 Kamen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Moon Mountain
In a few weeks the notification of allocations will be sent out and I can submit my order.
Beyond overcoming the limitation that I have with purchasing from retail stores, the most compelling reason for me to be procuring wines directly from the winery like this is the opportunity to try new wines in which I never thought I had any interest. In the above list, I am immediately excited about the Pagani and the Syrah--mostly, because I have familiarity with them. However, the rose comes just prior to the Hollywood Bowl picnic season--very cool. A California Albarino. I know they're out there, but I've never had one before. Grenache Gris???? What the heck is that? Well, I'll find out. The Sauvignon Blanc may look like the runt of the litter, but I like SB. So, I'll check this one out. I had an Estate Bottled Kamen Cab way back when and was not that impressed. However, I look forward to this take.
The not-so-exciting e-mail today was from my state assemblyman letting me know that today was Ronald Reagan Day. Who knew? Well, I guess it is good that he is on the job and keeping me in the loop. I missed the last Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Pre-Release Note from Bedrock
- Reply by JonDerry, Feb 6.
You are rocking these great lists, great to see.
Please grab me a Moon Mtn. Cab if you don't mind.
- Reply by EMark, Feb 6.
- Reply by outthere, Feb 6.
Yeah, it all starts with an innocent mailer. Next thing you know you are waist deep in the stuff and cashing in your 401k to keep up. ;)
Welcome to the club Mark! Come join us at the HVS Tour and Dinner in Napa Valley in May.
- Reply by EMark, Feb 7.
Yeah, OT, that event sounds pretty amazing. I'm not saying "No can do," right now, but there are a few other things that have to be prioritized.