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Friday, 18 January, 2008

I finally called AT&T and shut down the service. It is odd to not be part of that system anymore.

Saturday, our local smart center [sic] opens. Oddly, it is in the “Great White North”, that is suburban Williamson County. Long time readers will recall the smart fortwo as that little car I’ve been going on about since, well, you know, like forever. Soon enough, I shall drive one. The engine in the new model, modified for American expectations, has been bumped up to 999cc and the … everyone refers to it as a transmission, but it almost certainy is a transaxle … is a distinctive semi-automatic five-speed which is supposed to be much better spaced than the six-speed which proceeded it. We shall see. I spec’d one out for myself on their site and it came in at $13.5K

The real purpose of this entry is to go on about wine. You see, I am not the cultural sophisticate some may presume discovering the knowledge that I went to public school in Kentucky. My many cultural inadequacies include modern dance, opera, popular fiction and wine. It’s that last one which really sticks in my craw.

I’ve watched, repeatedly, that show with Oz Clarke and James May as the esteemed Mr. Clarke does his best to indoctrinate my proxy into the world of wine. Frankly, I’ve come to the assumption that my innate anorak nature needs an outlet; I need to know more about wine. Additionally this is something I can go on and on about and people will be impressed as opposed to stunned that I ever bothered to investigate.

I intend to work through two bottles of modestly priced (under $20) wine a week and work out what I am supposed to know. I am still looking for that obsessive blog, site, community, etc. that can send me on my way. Essentially, I am looking for the Jalopnik for wine. It may not be there. I am also looking for good information on history, especially California.

As it is I am blundering about and occasionally hitting upon something I feel obliged to try. I am still in that period in which I am intimidated by anything red, so I have to move in that direction, but I’m still buying anything that just might be nifty.

The list:

  • 2003 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Oregon)
  • 2005 Joseph Drouhin Chablis Chardonnay (France/Oregon)
  • 2004 MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah Reserva Colchagua Valley Red (Chile)
  • 2006 Bodega Catena Zapata Alamos Seleccion Mendoza Malbec (Argentina)
  • 2006 Vina Cono Sur Central Valley Pinot Noir (Chile), and I’ve got to do a PN someday.

That should do it. Spec’s has to have at least two of these.

Where do I go for more tips?

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