1. I read on another site that wine bloggers should use press photos if they can't take a good photo. Umm. Really? Who cares. Most of us do this because we're nerds and we like wine. We aren't into photography (at least I'm not), so fuck off. I don't have time for light boxes. Plus, I like my pictures. I kind of think they have character--they always have random stuff in the background, although more often than not, they show my surfboards and crap on my kitchen counter. Character is more important than technical proficiency anyways.
2. Risotto. Why don't more people make risotto? It isn't that hard (despite what people say), and it's great. Very versatile. People take it too seriously. You don't really have to constantly stir. That's bullshit--I'm no Thomas Keller, but my risotto is fairly good. I learned from an Italian. Mario Batali has said the same thing (although I didn't learn from him).
3. Punctuation, grammar, spelling. Have we all lost our taste for convention? Seems like the more mobile and "real-time" we become, the less we care about rules. Just a thought. I know that I am not perfect by any means, and I don't necessarily want to be perfect, but it is interesting what a pervasive effect the internet has had on the English language.
4. By the way, when was the last time you saw someone use a semi-colon? Now that's a thought that's good for some LOLZ!
This wine came about in my quest to try some different stuff. Feeling a bit stagnant, and my significant other isn't all that into wine. That means that if I say "Hey, let's go to a tasting," I get met with a glazed over stare. Anyways, love Riesling, haven't had too many from Alsace. 16$. This is from the Glintzberg Vineyaard, whcih is right next to the Grand Cru Vineyard "Altenberg de Bergbieten." This is a good demonstration of the limitations of my knowledge. Once we start getting into Grand Cru, my knowledge starts to fall apart since they tend to be expensive and I haven't had them. I probably should start to seek some of them out. Just some food for thought. Completely dry. No residual suagr. A little on the austere side. Lots of quince, citrus, and a definite mineral streak--smells a lot like chalk or wet stones to me. Also a lot of acid. The wine has great structure, and clearly has good balance. Nice finish that is minerally with melony, almost peachy over-tones. I like it, it's well-made and intersting, but it's not really blowing me away. Was a great compliment to a butternut squash risotto. B