MWS' very first My Wine Peep of the Week
GQ's Man of the Year (wink wink)
MWS: How did you become interested in wine? Was there a specific bottle, trip, event, or something else that hooked you on wine?
JR: I have always had an interest in the "mystery juice" known as wine. But my breakthrough came about 2+ years ago... with a good friend of mine, we came up with the idea to form a wine club in the spirit of unlocking the mystery behind this wonderful libation.
MWS: What wine(s) are you loving right now?
JR: Got hooked on those inexpensive Washingtons after one of the *WineCASTS. Right now my favorite wines/producers (are) Michel Picard Sancerre, Venge from Napa, Bonarda from Argentina, Rioja, Albarino, & good ole Molly Dooker. Yum! (*Check out WineCASTs #25 & #26 on WA state reds!)
MWS: The craziest wine/food pairing I ever had (or want to try) was/is _________
JR: Not super crazy but fun. At a place called Lava Vines in Napa they paired watermelon with a piece of mint on top and a sprinkle of sea salt with a crisp Sav Blanc. Refreshingly different.
MWS: I know I'm excited about a certain wine when I..... (check the boxes)
*Want the bottle all to myself
*Want everyone I know to try some
*Can't stop smiling
*Enter into a deep, zen-like state of contemplation when I drink it
JR's Comment: When a wine looks sexy, smells of arrogance, and tastes like sophistication. That's when I raise an eyebrow of content and display a snicker of appeasement. For a moment, I've found a moment.
MWS: Well said, JR! If you could share a bottle of wine with someone famous (living or not) with whom would you share it?
JR: Oz Clarke, hands down. He cracked me up on James May Road Trip. And "wine" not, you know you're with someone who will appreciate it.
MWS: If you could travel to any wine region in the world right now, where would it be?
MWS: Oh! We need to get you signed up on to go on our "Great Spanish Wine Adventure"! Next, if I were a wine, a wine writer would describe me as.....
JR: Spicy, complex, bold....
Appearance: Clear- no faults
Nose: Clean- I wear some manly cologne so I'd fit the "developed" with earth and spice notes.
Palate: OK, it just got weird
Conclusion: OUTSTANDING, drink now with no aging, Wisconsin Varietal,
Vintage 1974, Premium priced. :)
MWS: Sounds fantastic, we'd buy a bottle! ;)
Thanks to Justin for sharing and for being our first MWPW... Cheers!
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