I wear my emotions on my sleeve, so I feel I should tell you why I have been distracted (at the least) the past couple of weeks. Doris Shapiro Pressman, my mom, died last Saturday, June 5th. Being very much a product of both my parents (My dad, Charles, died within four days and at the same hour 18 years ago.) I want to tell you how fortunate, how spoiled, I have been in my life. To have two extraordinary parents who loved me and gave me so much, well, I will never take that for granted. I'm not much of a believer in the concept of an afterlife, but I do hope they have reunited in some way - they had such a great time in their 45 years together!
Doris and Charles Pressman, 1947
Save the date: Sunday, October 17, 2010!
Chesapeake Wine Company will be joining Victoria's Fancy Foods (Severna Park, Maryland) for a special field trip to Black Ankle Vineyards, in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Victoria Stagmer is preparing the movable feast; CWC is arranging the transportation and refreshments. Stay tuned for details like departure times, pricing, etc.
Wine of the Week
| Avinyo - Penedes, Spain|
Vi d'Agulla '09
Here's one of the beverages we'll be drinking around my place this summer. I am reluctant to tell you the grape variety - ok, it's Petit Gran Muscat - because you might jump to the conclusion that this wine is sweet. Actually, it's dry and frizzante, and refreshingly low in alcohol (10.5%).
Tasting notes: Ooh, bubbles! Faintly floral/mineral/citrus smells and fizzy, dry, refreshing flavors. Easy to gulp.
Serving suggestion: Pop a few
of bottles of this in ice, grab a blanket, find a spot on the hill in
Patterson Park this Sunday (6/13), sit back and relax while listening to
Marianne Metheny-Katz (6:30-8:30pm) sing some jazz.
The $100 Case - June Edition||
The basic parameters
- twelve different bottles; more reds than whites; at least twelve
different grape varieties; and of course, great quality and value,
because that is the house rule for every selection in the store,
regardless of price.
The June lineup:
Baron de Breban Brut NV - France
Casal Garcia Branco '09 - Vinho Verde, Portugal
Arroyo de la Vega Verdejo/Viura '08 - Castilla y Leon, Spain
Vieille Ferme Grenache/Bourboulenc/Ugni Blanc/Roussanne '09 - Luberon, France
Laplace Gros Manseng '06 Sec - Pacherenc du Vic Bilh, France
Casal Garcia Rosť '09 - Vinho Verde, Portugal
Le Roc Blanc Carignan/Syrah/Mourvedre/Grenache '07 - Languedoc, France
Collado Garnacha '08 - Campo de Borja, Spain
Mas Delmera Tempranillo '08 - Tarragona, Spain
Goats do Roam Shiraz/Cinsault/Mourvedre etc. '08 - South Africa
Los Cardos Malbec '09 - Mendoza, Argentina
De Angelis Montepulciano/Sangiovese '08 - Rosso Piceno, Italy