Monday, December 27, 2010

Fondreche Fayard '08

Le Domaine de Fondreche Côtes du Ventoux 2008: I've really got to tear myself away from the Southern Rhone. Soon. But not right now. Grenache, syrah, carignan, mourvedre, lots of pretty herbal notes, a bit of meatiness, then deep, sweet, red and black berries, and a mineral-reinforced finish. If you've been following along in the hymnal, you already know about Vincenti and Barthelemy and their 100 organically farmed acres. The big critical guns (Parker, Robinson) have already given them raves. Anyway, it's $17 and beats the crap out of a lot of village-level Rhone wines. I've been drinking the '08; I think it is not far-fetched to believe the '09 will be even yummier. As delicious as this is now, I think it will take a few years of bottle age, lose some of its baby-fat, and become "serious," or something.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

This Too Shall Pass...

I've worked at the Asheville Wine Market (full time, then part time, then full time again) since 2005, so when I take off the blue apron for the last time this coming week, it'll have been more than five years, which is pretty long for me. Since my last abortive attempt at higher education in the early '80s, I can remember holding 10 different jobs (I may have left out one or two…).

No job is perfect, but this one has been close. I wasn't exactly a novice when I walked in the door, but even so my knowledge of wine and the business of selling wine increased exponentially thanks to Eb, Larry, and the host of wine industry folks who have walked through the door at 65 Biltmore Avenue over the past half-decade.

…Not to mention all the customers who have shared knowledge and stories and generally been enthusiastic about wine. You all know who you are!

I won't be working at the Wine Market anymore, but it's not like I'm leaving town. I'll be around. And you can still pick my brain by leaving a comment on this thread, or e-mailing me:

There will still be reviews and various forms of navel-gazing here on the Winemule blog; they may even become more frequent.

Oh, yeah: I've been working on some musical projects. You can get on the mailing list for upcoming gigs, recordings, who-knows-what at