Wine and an update

I haven’t focused too much on wine lately here at Pure Indulgence. Sure we’re drinking plenty of it but it’s not been up to par. Plus, if you’ve caught any of the shows, you’ve heard me talk about setting a standard for Pure Indulgence. Developing a standard for which there isn’t an easy definition of in my head has been the main issue and goal here.

That being said, the wine we’ve had of late hasn’t been up to par. I mean it’s been drinkable but the lots Grocery Outlet has picked up weren’t all that stellar until recently.

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I’m pleased to tout the goodness of Redhead Ranch though. Sadly I don’t have notes but if you’re going to Grocery Outlet, be sure to pick them up. They hold the candle right now. Nothing stellar but they are a good start for a wine that normally sells for above $15 a bottle that we pick up for $4.99. Out of Paso Robles, we get some pretty good wine. The 2005 Zinfandel was especially nice.

We’re slowly changing things around here as promised at the first of this year. Slowly, adding different dimensions to the blog as we rotate through what it means to enjoy the true essence of Pure Indulgence.

The other update is that my email posts aren’t showing up as they should. The last update I had from @UrWineGuy from Twitter should have been more than a PDF. Alas, Google is being a pain in the ass and won’t let me access it right now to repost. But I will be remaining more active. Plus Pure Indulgence is going to get a facebook fan page soon. Since I CAN use the facebook app for my pixi, I’ll be doing that more often as I attend events and tweet from them too.

By the way, the twitter account for here is @WhiteWolfIndulg

Cheers,

Cellar Door News: Fresh and Local for the Community Table

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Cellar Door at Bonny Doon Vineyard Restaurant & Tasting Room
From the Source - Chef Jarod Ottley partners with organic and biodynamic growers, foragers, cheese makers, and a host of other purveyors in Santa Cruz and Monterey County to source ingredients for the Cellar Door table. His fresh, inventive farm-to-table cuisine pairs effortlessly with winemaker Randall Grahm抯 terroir-driven, food-friendly wines. The result? Delicious and felicitous harmony. Cellar Door Hours: Wine tasting: Wed朣un, 12�5 pm. Lunch: Sat & Sun, 12�2 pm. Dinner: Wed朣un, 5:30�9 pm. Loung: Thurs朣at, 5:30�10 pm.
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Cellar Door Lounge - Thursday through Saturday night, the Cellar Door tasting room transforms into a spirited casual lounge with wines by the glass, craft beer, gourmet pizza, and tapas-style snacks. Join us before your meal or make an evening of it. No reservations required.
It抯 Not All Grapes - This summer, our new estate vineyard in San Juan Bautista will begin to yield produce and flowers for the Cellar Door. Sustainable polyculture is a deep tenet of our ethos in San Juan, and this season marks the first phase of planting-out a richly dynamic mixed ecosystem, including fruit trees, olives, vegetables, nuts, asparagus and a plethora of other annual and perennial crops梐nd oh, yes, grapes. We invite you to see the San Juan Estate for yourself. Our annual club member celebration, Day of the Doon, will be held Sunday, September 18. Randall Grahm will host you and your guests for a tour of the new plantings梖ollowed by a magical farm-to-table wine dinner celebrating the abundance of harvest. This event always sells out; reserve your place by calling 888.819.6789.
Wednesday Community Table - Bring friends, meet new ones, and dine ensemble at the community table every Wednesday night, as Chef Ottley creates a masterful 3-course $25 prix fixe from the finest seasonal, organic ingredients our local terroir provides. One seating, 6:30 pm.
What We're Pairing: Wild nettle gnocchi with oil-poached cauliflower, rapini, and green garlic paired with '10 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare.
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Earth Day 2011 – Amity Vineyards

I thought this was worth passing onto my wine drinkers here. I have toured the Amity Vineyards and tasted a number of their wines some time back before Pure Indulgence was even a thought The wines are quality, and a good representation of the local climate. The tasting room is quaint, and the odd (for me) thing you’ll want to try is the Almond sparkler made in the mothode champagne.

Every day is Earth Day at Amity
Since the beginning we have tried to make our footprint on the land we farm and the winery as small as we can.

We were the first Tilth Certified Organic winery, one of the first Salmon Safe, first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wineries(OCSW) and now one of the first UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping option wineries.

Our newest project is partnering with UPS to offer you the option of shipping in the Carbon Neutral Program. When you check out just choose the green logo. It will cost you an extra 5 cents for ground and .20 for air. How does this work? If the millions of people who ship packages every day all contribute a little and all that is added up and spent to plant trees and reclaim lands then greenhouse gasses are significantly reduced. Go to UPS for information about the program.

Try these Oregon Certified Sustainable Wines

Save 25% 4/18 thru 4/24

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2008 Estate Dry Riesling – $15 – reg $20

2009 Wedding Dance Riesling $12.75 – reg $17

2008 Sunnyside Pinot Noir $26.25 – reg $35

Event Review: Joya De Nicaragua Cigars at Mission Pipe


Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca of Joya De Nicaragua. He’s a very pleasant man with a passion for sharing his cigars, relaxation and quality of life. We’ll be exploring more of his product on Pure Indulgence in an upcoming podcast but until then I’m going to share my notes on thew two cigars I smoked last night.

First up: The Antano – The first time I smoked this stick a few months back it was a power bomb with no flavor what so ever. I chalk this up to my palate because the one I smoked last night had notes of coffee, mild earth and robust flavors that were NOT overpowering. It required a few relights but that was due to the networking/partying I was doing on behalf of Radio Dentata of course 😉 Even in the end of the cigar where I’d expect a buildup of tar and such, the flavors still held solid with a draw that was easy and enjoyable. I paired this with Bushmills Blended scotch.

Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca of Joya De Nicaragua Cigars

The second cigar I smoked was the Antano dark Corojo – a tasty cigar with an oily wrapper and some nice spices that cut through the previous cigar and paired well with a German Hefe Wiessbeir. The draw was smooth, flavors consistent yet not overly complex.

The style of both smokes was reminiscent of an old world smoking style. Full bodied cigars that have flavor and power. These sticks aren’t for the faint of heart but JdN does make a line of mild-medium cigars for customers who prefer less strength in a cigar but still seek an old world taste.

More to come on Pure Induglence!