Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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le wine blog™ - this month's purchases

Yesterday afternoon, I remember to check Pete's monthly sale list... there was a bottle of Argentine malbec on there that I thought the Marmot would really like, so I decided to stop by Pete's after work [en route to Seen's movie on Cap Hill] and buy him a bottle. Here's what I wound up buying:

For the cellar:

1998 Steele Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard Mendocino Ridge, $16 [I couldn't resist buying this... am thinking of opening it tonight to share with Mark, John, Dan, and rest of the whole ANTM krewe]

2004 Grosset Polish Hill riesling, $28 [Half a case (the entire stock received by Pete's); impulse buy... this is Australia's best riesling by far, and I'm a sucker for it. Will age it for a decade before drinking, most likely]

NV Scharffenberger Brut, $14 [Half a case; Pacific Echo sold off their property but not their name; it was, I think, taken over by the Roederer Estate folks, and this is their first release... I'm hoping it's as good as PE but with that special Roederer acidity I love so much]

? Barossa sparkling shiraz, $25 [two bottles; I forgot what this stuff is already... it's nothing I recognized, but I've been jonesing for a good sparkling red wine for a while. The $16 Vixen is just OK, but not great; the Yalumba D Black at $35 is of course incredibly wonderful, but it's a wee bit too expensive for me]

2002 Ridge Geyserville, $30 [three bottles; this is hands down my favorite California wine... but it needs ageing, so into the cellar it goes until about 2010]

For upstairs: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Pilsner Urquell. For you Seattle area beer lovers, go to Pete's in Bellevue - they have all of these beers and more for somewhere around $12 a twelve pack. This is amazingly cheap for Washington state; it's several dollars less than Safeway, plus the guys at Pete's are super cool. Oh, and they have those fancy Italian citrus sodas for only 62¢ a can. Score!

You may note that I didn't buy the malbec. Oops. I was kinda distracted by the bargain bin with the 2003 Leasingham Bin 6 riesling... and then the discount beer... and then the Grosset wines... and, well, I screwed up. Sorry, Marmot!
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