Tuesday, June 23, 2009

2008 Picpoul de Pinet Hugues Beaulieu

I was reading some other blogs yesterday, and I noticed that I am a fairly pedantic writer. Most of the things that I write are boring in the sense that they are me elaborating on a fruit salad using limited vocabulary. I guess what really set me off on this thought was reading a random blog that I was directed to in a circuituous fashion called Horny For Food. Let me just say, I was laughing at the irreverent tone of the whole thing, and kind of half wishing that I was 50% as amusing.

I envy the writing of Jay McInerney, which is frequently brilliant, engaging, and just down-right nerdy, all at the same time. I feel the same way about Alice Feiring, who is also some kind of crazy mad wine savant. If I was even half as interesting as these people, maybe I'd be a writer or something. Despite the above musings, I can't think of a way to make my opinion of the below wine more engaging and interesting. Perhaps it has something to do with context. I've only spent a couple of fleeting days in the Languedoc region of France (mainly Nice and Nime), and my focus wasn't on wine. When I was there I didn't even like wine. Jay McInerney and Alice Feiring are interesting writers because they write as much about their experiences traveling and meeting wine makers as they do about the wine. All this additional context makes the wine that much more appealing. Maybe I need to travel some more. Would I suddenly, magically, become more interesting if I had nothing to do all day but drink wine and travel? Would I suddenly be able to channel the abilities of McInerney and Feiring?

This wine is 10$ at K&L right now. There are a few places that you can get it by the glass, including the Hungry Cat in Hollywood. I can imagine drinking this by the bottle on a hot day in Nice or Nime on the beach...maybe with some shrimp, oysters, or mussels...Crisp aromas of lemon and stones. Focused acidity and a crisp citrus-stone finish. Cheap. Quaffable. I like it. B


David J.D. said...

Thanks for the note Jeff.

If you read my old (old) posts I was much more pedantic. I gradually realized that there were a lot of blogs out there that provided information and analysis, so I decided to put a filter over it.

That filter was profane, tongue-in-cheek, rage.

Word on the picpoul. If you like that one, you should check out the Fontmars Picpoul de Pinet.

Jeff said...

Thanks for the recommendation. Where did you pick up the Fontmars?

I like the rage style...because I think there are just way too many people on this planet that are too into being politically correct...and rage isn't an acceptable filter as far as society is concerned.

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Sam said...

Jeff, I've followed your blog for awhile now. Tempted to leave a comment before but never compelled until now.

I happen to enjoy your writing. Engaging. Subtle humor. Recipes and dinner stories. Occasional f-bombs thrown in for good measure. You're like the cool guy next door who loves to write about wine, and in a way people can relate to. Keep doing what you do.

Oh, and regarding your comment on Horny for Food; "I don't think anyone really reads my blog"... you might want to reconsider that.

Jeff said...


I was kind of poking fun at myself. I know people read it (just not an enormous amount), but compared to Vinography or something, it's just a blip. What really seems to get the most views are the Trader Joes wines, probably because they are completely neglected by the mainstream media, and aren't covered by stuff like Wine Spectator. Which I find funny. Because I would assume that people that were into Wine Spectator would kind of turn their noses up at wine from Trader Joes? Maybe it's just me. I guess people always are asking that question "is this wine good?" which is hard to answer unless you've had it. Hell, most of the time, I ask the same person at K&L (Steve Greer), what wines he thinks I would like before I buy. I like him, and he knows what I like now. Plus he gets to taste way more wine than I do. And the dudes at TJ's don't really do that. Maybe people are looking for someone to reassure them.

Anyways, that being said, I'm glad you like it...it's flattering. Thanks!


Sam said...

Like I said Jeff, subtle humor. Believe it or not it wasn't completely lost on me.

One of the things I like about your blog is we shop at the same places... K&L, Costco, TJ's. It's cool getting ideas from other people, not so much reassurance as just being open to trying new things. I used to drink mostly California wine. Now I'm much more into French, Spanish, Argentine, etc. Always on the lookout for something new.

Admittedly, given your stamp of approval ("this wine is the shit"), I'm all over it.

Jeff said...

Yeah ideas from other people are always good, because otherwise you get stuck in a rut. I don't suppose that you have a blog?

So you must live in either LA or SF since you're shopping at K&L. I love that place...

Sam said...

Yeah, K&L is awesome. I'm just south of San Jose so I go to the Redwood City store.

No, no blog. Not much of a writer really. Humdrum life, embarrassingly limited vocabulary... who would read me?