This long and grueling leg of Tool's U.S. tour is winding down. I feel like I've aged four years in one. A welcome break is just over the horizon. It will be short, but a break nonetheless. Touring is still sorta fun but it can get tedious. So to break the monotony and to take advantage of being on the road, I've been experimenting. We've been calling ahead to local restaurants and setting up tastings and food pairings with my '05 Caduceus blends. Very educational.
Some pairings that you would summarily dismiss were stellar, and a few you would assume to be slam-dunk pairings were dreadful. It's also very enlightening having top-notch chefs, restaurant owners and experienced sommeliers around the country dissect my blends. Brutal yet honest critique is helpful. No one has made me cry yet, which is nice.
The last of these dinners was at Veritas in New York. I had the privilege of serving not only the '05 blends, but the '04s as well. (The exception was the yet-to-be-bottled '05 Sensei) It's the first time I've placed these wines side by side. I won't go into a long-winded review of the wines, but suffice it to say the '05s tended to have more depth and structure. Go ahead and call it beginners luck. I do.
Now it's time to head back to the vineyard/winery and taste through the '06 blends, make arrangements for the '07 fruit, check on my vines and bottle the '05 Sensei and '06 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra.
And just as soon as the bags are unpacked and the laundry is dry, I need to re-pack and head back out the door to Europe. Fortunately it's a relatively short run. Fingers crossed I'll be home in time to harvest my first Arizona fruit. Specifically the Cab from Judith's Vineyard. More on that to come.
Kirk R Grant — Ellsworth, ME — July 30, 2007 4:33pm ET
William Andreotti — Aurora, IL — July 30, 2007 7:12pm ET
Karl Mark — Geneva, IL. — July 30, 2007 8:29pm ET
Joel Rosenthal — Toronto, Canada — August 1, 2007 8:36am ET
E Plotkin — Scottsdale AZ — August 7, 2007 5:00pm ET
Aaron Lemons — Glen Rose, TX — August 23, 2007 2:19am ET
Travis G Snyder — Salt Lake City — August 28, 2007 1:27am ET
Peter Cargasacchi — Sta. Rita Hills — September 11, 2007 12:05am ET
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