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Last night - sherry cask aged rice shochu. Truly delightful and better than any whiskey I’ve had in ages. Rich with lovely oloroso oily notes and a hint of PX sweetness. Great complement to the Sichuan/Hunan dinner we had.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

tap water, cold

bathed and ready for a snack (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xpost in the shochu you could actually taste the PX and oxidation from the cask? That's awesome.

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Just a hint, but definitely there.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Last night we had chilean Riesling from the Casablanca region. Tonight will be chilean Semillon. Both are grapes that chile is only really starting to experiment with but they don't get really get that much production here and I feel like sometimes I am the only one buying them by the case. Both are extremely versatile, crisp and unlike some other chilean white varietals, not as herbaceous or overworked. Since it's summer here, I drink them like water.

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Recently finished a half-bottle of my go-to better-than-everyday Sonoma pinot noir appellation (I think their interior rather than better coastal AVA), which I hadn't had in a long time. More everyday Oregon stuff will probably be next, though most of what I open for myself is white (pinot gris predominates) and often more local, better-suited to what I'm typically cooking. Don't drink much beer, but went out of my way for some mispaired Deschutes Fresh Squeezed last week, and pulled an FBS out the week before. There's a cask place in the neighborhood I may get back to before summer comes.

Elsewhere, I drink many more cocktails than I used to, near-exclusively whiskey- or agave-based, though they've driven an increasing interest in aperitifs, digestifs, and liqueurs. Amaro recommendations welcomed.

Moo Vaughn, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

this stuff. it's pickled carrot juice with bulghur. it's not alcoholic, but it's very, very salty.

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

For amaro, my at home go to is Cynar. Although most places I go to I typically just get Nonino

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ohh, two things of note: our houseguests visiting from Tuscon last week brought a bottle of Del Bac, Tuscon AZ mesquite smoked whiskey for us (haven't tried yet). And I also recently got a bottle of 1978 D'Oliveiras Madeira, Boal that I am going to taste on my 40th birthday this year and for every birthday after.

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've been drinking the Cigar City Jai Alai that's just made its way to Chicago, but also this nice bottle of Old Forester's Prohibition 1920 bourbon. Like too many shelf bourbons these days, there's no age statement, but this one boasts a complexity that puts it above the usual go-go and almost justifies the price.

My daughter (!) bought me that book Cork Dork, which made me want to drink wine, but my wine pallet is just not refined enough to appreciate good wine (which is sort of what the book is about).

I have a bottle of Cynar but don't use it for much. My wife *haters* amoros, and I've gotten pretty lazy with cocktails. Do I have to keep it cool, like vermouth, or does it keep pretty well at room temperature?

Oh, another thing I just got into is sotol, which is like a cousin to tequila that's made from a variant of agave called "desert spoon." It's made mostly in Chihuahua and until very recently was pretty hard to find in the US. Tastes more like tequila than not, perhaps a tad more viscous, but it's definitely vegetal and, like tequila and wine, terroir matters a lot and there is a lot of variation in flavor. Complex enough that I'm not sure it would be good to mix with, at least not as good as tequila or even mezcal.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 00:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Just drink the cynar! I usually have it before bed when I don't want to open another bottle of wine. If you add some soda water and ice, your wife might be into it as a hydrating digestif. You don't need to refrigerate it unless you plan to have it open for months and months sitting next to a heater. And even then I don't know if you would be able to taste any off notes. But it doesn't have the alcohol% or sugar to keep it ok forever.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 00:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Mango Habanero Rita with dinner

Moodles, Sunday, 4 March 2018 01:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

tapwater from a volvic bottle

(i am back off coffee for a bit)

mark s, Sunday, 4 March 2018 11:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Strongbow, ginger beer snowballs, jaegerbombs, rum and coke, rum and rum, brandy, rum, vodka and red bull, some other stuff

Under the influence of the Ranters (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 4 March 2018 11:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

what vintage red bull

imago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 12:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Oh, another thing I just got into is sotol

I didn't even know that it existed until spending a couple of weeks in Northern Mexico last year, and hitting a couple of sotolerias in Chihuahua itself for tasting flights.

I think you're right in characterising it as somewhere between tequila and mezcal, and closer to tequila. And, much like mezcal, not a good mixer because the terroir affects it far more than it does for tequila - challop: tequila has by far the least variation in taste of the three agave spirits (at least once you get beyond the Sauzas etc) and the element of 'good' comes from the quality and style of aging; with sotol and especially mezcal the difference between, say, vegetal and mineral types makes them virtually different drinks. (Source: a reckless night in a hipster mezcaleria in San Cristobal de Las Cases.)

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Sunday, 4 March 2018 12:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

been drinking a lot of tea and yaupon recently having cut out 90% of my coffee consumption.

sibilla is my fav. amaro right now.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 4 March 2018 15:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

How has cutting out coffee worked out for you? I usually need about 2 1/2 a day, and definitely in the morning. I feel like my intake is increasing.

Re: sotol, there are actually a bunch of mysterious agave drinks:

Bacanora? Raicilla? I don't know these. More here:

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 15:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Interesting stuff. Not been to those states so they have eluded me. Unfortunately I didn't read this before some friends were in Jalisco or else I would have got them to bring back some raicilla.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Sunday, 4 March 2018 16:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

My favorite mezcal is Del Maguey but I am a sucker for interesting bottles. The only mixed agave based drinks I like are ones that are smokey, spicy or have egg whites in them.

I gave up coffee, caffeine and alcohol for a year once. My skin looked amazing and I was sleeping so well at night.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 16:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

re giving up coffee: i only gave up yesterday! today i am mildly headachey and will be for a few days i imagine

when i've done it before i sleep really well and feel much less sluggish (on the downside i don't get to drink lovely coffee which i love)

mark s, Sunday, 4 March 2018 16:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

same old. one cup of coffee with breakfast. lots of water all day. one glass of wine with supper. some more water after supper. occasional cup of tea.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 March 2018 18:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Two cups of coffee with/for breakfast, lots of water throughout the day (had a kidney stone years ago), beer/glass of wine or two between 5 and 8, sometimes a small glass of bourbon later, or more often Sleepytime herbal tea. Have started running regularly relatively recently, and that seems to have had more of an effect on sleep habits and general wakefulness than anything else ever has.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I had a little glass of this at lunch. It was delicious.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Sounds about as appetizing as a Stella.

Had a Sorachi Ace last night, which was nice enough but not really the sour pairing I was looking for. After another in what seems to be at least a personal trend towards coffee-flavored cocktails, which are a little weird, but feel called for when you've skipped your espresso.

Moo Vaughn, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I hate peppers in beer, and I hate beer in cocktails. I do, however, like peppers in cocktails.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Waikiki Brewing makes a jalapeno beer. It's always fine for me for two sips and then I am done. I lean towards darker or cream ales, porter/stouts, cask conditioned beers. I would try that doppelbock.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 20:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xpost I am a bit obsessed with sleepytime teas. I really like the one Clipper makes that has the citrus notes.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 20:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i cut back on coffee because it was fucking with my stomach/digestion. i don’t really notice a difference beyond feeling better in that department. caffeine has never had much of an impact on me.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 4 March 2018 21:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

From the Wine I Don't Pay For Dept., a 2001 Cote Rotie

Moo Vaughn, Monday, 5 March 2018 02:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I’m in Kanazawa drinking local sake made from the lauded rice here in Ishikawa prefecture.

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 5 March 2018 13:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've had a chai latte AND a matcha latte today

imago, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

overlooking Hammersmith roundabout

imago, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

What was the Cote Rotie (if you remember)?

Yerac, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Don't know

Moo Vaughn, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:55 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Chilean old vine carignan (chilled) tonight.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 19:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

we are drinking negronis, good local gin plus campari plus carpano antica = mmmmmm

sleeve, Friday, 16 March 2018 19:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Chilean old vine carignan (chilled) tonight.

― Yerac, Saturday, 17 March 2018 6:03 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Snap except it was blended with Cabernet Franc and it was two nights ago.

Last night was びびび Honjozo Sake. To which I have to say I am somewhat ambivalent and I wish I hadn’t bought a whole sho based on the label. I have a sake tasting class on Sunday which I’m pretty excited about.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 16 March 2018 20:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I did a session with a sake samurai (master) once trying to get prepared for a test. I am actually not too into sake as a preference for drinking; I like the unfiltered nigori well enough. I probably had way too much terrible, old sake earlier in life.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 20:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Take a pic of what you taste on Sunday if you remember.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 20:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

We drink a lot of sake at home. Partly because my wife is allergic to sulphites so we don’t often drink wine.

Last weekend we had a truly fantastic Dewazakura Junmai Ginjo from Yamagata. We spent some time in Yamagata in January and it’s the first time I got a sense of regionalist in sake. There’s a signature note in a lot of Yamagata sake, a somewhat citrusy mildly acidic note that is very pleasant.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 16 March 2018 20:55 (eleven months ago) Permalink

If I lived in Japan, I would be drinking sake all the time. I do believe a lot that the wine of an area (like food) has it's best showing when consumed in the area. That looks good. I usually like very high acid wines.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 21:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Lots of wines (including sakes) don’t make it out of the region, because the locals drink it all. I brought home a bottle of sake from Kanazawa and looking online I could get it here but yeesh I’d have to pay

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 16 March 2018 21:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yep, when I travel I try to only drink the local, village wines. And if I bring anything back I look it up first to make sure it isn't exported and I can't just get it near the same price range.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 21:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

You’re quite right it’s somewhat bizarre to be drinking a bunch of Sake that come a long way vs wine from world class winemakers from vineyards I can cycle to (Try some Mac Forbes Pinot Noir if you ever get the chance).

The sake scene in Australia here is reallyboomerang my with a number of new importers springing up dealin with smaller kura and bringing some really interesting stuff, but definitely at a price. Not a lot of focus on tohoku though, tends to be more southern kura. I’ve idly toyed with the idea of setting up a side-hustle importing sake with a couple of mates in the liquor industry, focussing on Tohoku and particularly Yamagata; mainly as an excuse to ramble around Tohoku meeting various Toji-san.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 16 March 2018 23:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i've got this pfriem belgian style blonde. it's pretty good.

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Friday, 16 March 2018 23:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Pfriem rules, they've been doing great work

sleeve, Friday, 16 March 2018 23:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

currently: Stillwater "Strobe Lights" hazy DDH IPA

earlier today:

Omnipollo Beglo "post-skate" IPA

RAR Pencil Fight

Ocelot Jezmund

it's been a good day

El Tomboto, Sunday, 18 March 2018 03:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

On the train home from my sake class. Will have to sort through my notes but the stand outs were

Daruma Kosho 3 years old
Yamamoto Namazake
Nagaragawa Futsu-shu

Also a sparkling usunigori that wasn’t horrible as I’ve come to excellent etc from both cloudy and sparkly sakes.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 18 March 2018 05:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Last night we opened a bottle of a Lustau dry oloroso which worked surprisingly well with a standard-but-delicious home-made beef chilli. (I like my oloroso cold, which seems to raise eyebrows with britisher sherry drinkers but that’s how I like it best.)

Tim, Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

They remind me a LOT of pumelo - I mean, that pineyness does, even the smell of it reminds me of peeling pumelo. (The overall flavor is not like pumelo, but I have no idea what I would guess if I were tasting it blind.)

I have a few left I haven't juiced yet, and haven't decided whether to try to make curd, or just use it for cocktails (esp tonight). I should probably juice them and see how much we're talking about, and go from there.

Bill, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:41 (three months ago) Permalink

That looks crazy.

Yerac, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Omg want!!!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Looks kinda like rangpu limes but with massive seeds.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:55 (three months ago) Permalink


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:55 (three months ago) Permalink

I was in Perth last week and had an absolutely banging 2005 Cabernet from Xabregas. Reasonably priced too.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 02:55 (three months ago) Permalink

we're drinking Lagunitas IPA and following election results

sleeve, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 05:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Rangpur is a comparison I hadn't thought of - but the same way that rangpurs or makruts have that strong, really fragrant oil, so do the trifoliates. Different fragrance, but in that ballpark of being a low-juice, high-oil citrus.

Today I'm probably drinking something with cider? One of the few advantages to living in NH, getting fresh unpasteurized cider from down the road.

Bill, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 16:05 (three months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Maybe I should start an amaro thread. Anyway, I picked up a bottle of amaro Sibilia today and am excited to try.

Yerac, Thursday, 6 December 2018 22:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Very few available around here -- just the usual suspects Campari, Aperol and a couple others -- so I'm probably going to spend a stupid amount of money next time I'm in Atlanta.

WmC, Thursday, 6 December 2018 22:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I went with your three TJs recommendations by the way!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 6 December 2018 22:27 (two months ago) Permalink

how were they? I just like raclette in general. I wonder how creamy the small french soft cheese was. I was lazy about the st marcellin like one from vermont that we got and i just nuked it in the microwave for 30 seconds instead of putting it in the oven. It totally overflowed the crockery. I told L, is it ok if I just eat the overflow with my fingers off of the microwave plate?

Yerac, Thursday, 6 December 2018 22:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Bringing them to a party this weekend, will let you know.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 6 December 2018 22:53 (two months ago) Permalink

What did LP say?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 6 December 2018 22:54 (two months ago) Permalink

she was fine with it. I had to wash the plate after though because I couldn't get it all up.

Yerac, Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:10 (two months ago) Permalink

There is this other amaro that I have been eyeing mostly because of the presentation of the bottle but I keep putting it back. Has anyone had the Forthave Spirits Amaro Marseille?

Yerac, Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I love amaro, but I'm no expert. Bought averna for a thanksgiving cocktail that nobody else really cared for. So I've been drinking it often.

Sufjan Grafton, Friday, 7 December 2018 02:29 (two months ago) Permalink

bundaberg ginger beer w/whiskey

mh, Friday, 7 December 2018 02:36 (two months ago) Permalink

yum! was making old fashioneds a few days ago until i ran outta rye (saddest emoticon). have a nice-looking recipe for a cynar cocktail with grapefuit juice but crappy stores near me don't carry any aperols far as i've seen. probably better in summer but i want to try

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

oh that looks great, I love Cynar and have a bottle

sleeve, Friday, 7 December 2018 15:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Someone gave us a little bottle of cardamom bitters and they set off a Calvados old fashioned perfectly (my preferred calvados old fashioned uses less sugar than a regular bourbon one would, fyi).

I'd be on for an Amaro thread. Think I mentioned my love for Amaro Nonnino upthread somewhere.

Tim, Friday, 7 December 2018 16:19 (two months ago) Permalink

drinking that Cynar julep right now, yummmmmm

sleeve, Sunday, 9 December 2018 04:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm curious yet apprehensive about Cynar. Does it taste like artichokes?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 9 December 2018 04:55 (two months ago) Permalink

not really, just thick bitter sweet depth, very very dark even for amaros (I am not an expert by any means, I learned most of what I know from call all destroyer's cocktail thread)

sleeve, Sunday, 9 December 2018 05:29 (two months ago) Permalink

another good way to try it is the "Little Italy" - 2 oz rye, 3/4 oz sweet vermouth, 1/2 oz cynar, stir w/rocks and garnish w/orange or cherry, basically a manhattan w/cynar

sleeve, Sunday, 9 December 2018 05:31 (two months ago) Permalink

That sounds good, I will try as soon as I replace the rye.

My go to with Cynar is the Tobacco Road, 1 of mezcal, a little less of cynar, peychauds bitters, stir like an old fashioned.

Some recipes call for a splash sherry, some for salt on a big ice cube.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 9 December 2018 09:32 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost Cynar doesn't taste at all like artichokes. It's a little vegetable, but I like the balance of bitter with smokey caramel. I had a bartender make me a cynar cocktail recently "his choice" and it was soooo good, it was a take on a manhattan but there was some blood orange infused liqueur that they had made in it too. I mostly drink cynar at home with just some soda water.

Yerac, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I tried the sibilia yesterday. A shot, with one ice cube and in a bit of soda water. That bitterness was long lasting.

Yerac, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Love Cynar, just finished a bottle on the back of getting into Bitter Giuseppes.

seandalai, Sunday, 9 December 2018 17:49 (two months ago) Permalink

We do have a classic Fernet thread obv: How do you take yr Fernet-Branca?

seandalai, Sunday, 9 December 2018 17:51 (two months ago) Permalink

xp ooh that looks good too!

sleeve, Sunday, 9 December 2018 17:54 (two months ago) Permalink

currently sipping a Bitter Giuseppe, tyvm

sleeve, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:07 (two months ago) Permalink

I was looking at the books on amaros/bitters online but everything seems recipe heavy which I am kind of not into. Amazon (booooo, I know) has a $5 off coupon on books right now so I was perusing a nice liquor book to get.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:09 (two months ago) Permalink

just made julep. cynar is legit af imho. will def. be trying tobacco road @ some point, but next up is prolly Guiseppe. another thx in general for the tip on this stuff in general!

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Monday, 10 December 2018 00:54 (two months ago) Permalink

ooof, superfluous general

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Monday, 10 December 2018 00:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I got turned onto cynar from a master somm who said it was his favorite amaro for anytime. So even though the label is cheesy, it's really solid.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:57 (two months ago) Permalink

stuff is a little pricier than i'd anticipated. since i'm a poor student rn this may be my only bottle for awhile. but school's out, finals just finished. and i'm enjoying the heck outta this

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Monday, 10 December 2018 01:00 (two months ago) Permalink

How much is it where you are? For some weird reason when I saw it in the grocery store in chile it was like $15USD (a lot cheaper than I expected). In the US it was in the $20-$25 range.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 01:03 (two months ago) Permalink

~$45. i hate bevmo but there's not another proper store in my immediate area afaik to look for this kind of ingredient

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Monday, 10 December 2018 01:57 (two months ago) Permalink

ouch! yeah it's $25-28 here in Oregon

sleeve, Monday, 10 December 2018 01:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Ugh that's bad. The amaro sibilia I got was $51 and I was waffling on whether I would rather get a sherry and ny amaro but decided to just go with it. When you travel at least you know what to make room in your luggage for.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Also when I was in astor wines I saw a 70 proof cynar and I just could not deal with figuring out if that was something I wanted or not.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 02:13 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s good!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 10 December 2018 03:55 (two months ago) Permalink

has there ever been a quincie/Yerac irl crossover? sounds like a rollicking good time

mh, Monday, 10 December 2018 04:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't think so. Although DC/NY did have some crossover episodes.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 11:55 (two months ago) Permalink

oh! this is 70 proof @ least. so maybe it wasn't highway robbery after all. only other amaro option at that store was a nonino which of course i'd want to try @ some point.

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Monday, 10 December 2018 12:20 (two months ago) Permalink

it WAS good (i have no basis of comparison obvs). did not taste/seem like i was drinking a refreshment w/that much 'hol

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Monday, 10 December 2018 12:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Saint Germain negroni (subbed in for the gin) and a splash of cassis. Superb.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Saturday, 15 December 2018 20:31 (two months ago) Permalink

I got a manzanilla sherry (tio pepe) last week and we are making ahi poke tonight. I think that might work together.

Yerac, Saturday, 15 December 2018 20:57 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I am drinking lambrusco full-time right now. Red wines without food are too much, usually--I don't have energy to cook or eat at night so I'm not pairing wine with dinner--but lambrusco is perfect.

Also has the added attraction of the cork being secured with a giant metal staple that you have to pry off.

This one is pricier--around $22 a bottle at the only place I know of that carries it:

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Friday, 1 February 2019 17:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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