July 9th, 2005


lwb: A good example of wine that does very little for me, or: I think my tastes are ossifying

2001 Viña Izadi Bianco, Rioja

It's a beautiful summer's day here in Salmonberg. Pleasantly warm, not too hot. I thought I'd pop a bottle of wine in the ice bucket; Dan picked this one up at that weird wine shop in Portland earlier in the year. It's... just shy of being exactly the kind of wine I don't like, but only barely.

  • This is a weird grape variety: Macabeo, one of the three grapes used in cava [Spanish sparkling wine].

  • I love Malvasia, which smells awesome.

  • I think someone dumped a plank of American oak in the bottle. It just reeks of Ticonderoga no. 2.

  • This tastes like the wine was kept on its lees for a long, long time in a transparent attempt to give it some sort of 'complexity.' Ugh.

  • Is there an oxidation problem here? Everything seems kind of muted.

  • There definitely is an aftertaste of banana. It reminds me of artificial banana fruit chews we used to find in the back of the bus in grade school. Double ugh.

  • There may be malvasia in here, but I can't smell it.

So, you win some, you lose some. It's definitely better than drinking Budweiser Select, at any rate...

Mo' monkey

Taxali's green toy monkey is only available from the Whitney; it's $97 including shipping. The edition is limited to 200 copies.

Are any of you going to Comic-Con in San Diego next weekend? Cuz if you are, I really want one of Taxali's circus punks, but I'm not yet sure they'll be available for sale anywhere but at the show... :(

Update: Got the punk already - thanks!

Foo Fighters CD update

I listened to it once, and I'm pretty much done with it. tpratt, you pretty much hit it on the head with your 'leather and lace' comment. It's... lazy.

In the meantime, I'm listening to In Utero yet again, and damn it, this album hurts more every time I listen to it.