06 July, 2012

#WBW79 Announcing Wine Blogging Wednesday: Summer Reading, Summer Wine

Whether you remember the summer reading list as a chore or, like the BrixChicks, love that Summer Slowdown finally means a chance to read (okay, watch TV) for pleasure, we wanted to host this Wine Blogging Wednesday around an imaginative (okay, imaginary) topic:

What wine would your favorite fictional character drink?

So whether you think Anastasia would serve Christian Fifty Shades of vin gris or you think Proust was really thinking Remembrances of Pinots Past we want to hear which character and what wine and why.  

Here’s an example:
Scarlett looked down at the small chip that marred the last of the remaining wine goblets. “Damn Yankees!” And without the money from Rhett she would never be able to pay the taxes on Tara. Alcohol always helped, but Rhett liked the finer things and she was dead broke. What would she pair with the grilled pork chops  possum leg  turnips in the picnic basket? 

Louis Jadot to the rescue! Their Beaujolais Villages 2010 had an elegant refined flavor and texture.  He would never guess that this 100% Gamay beauty only set her back $10.95!  The pigeage accomplished in open fermentation casks resulted in clean flavors of fresh red fruit with peppery spice notes.  That clean refreshing acidity would buoy his spirits and convince him to help.  Oh, yes.  This lovely wine would make him give a damn!

So it’s kind of like “Fight Club”: there are no rules (Hey! I wonder what Chuck Paluhniak would drink?)
But here are the guidelines:
  • Think of a favorite character. Any genre, any timeline, any story.  We’ll even take whatever Axl Rose would slurp as he welcomed you to the jungle.
  • What wine would he/she/it drink? Tell us about the wine. Work it into the story.
  • Extra credit for those who write a scene with the wine
  • Your deadline is Wednesday, July 25th
Operators are standing by waiting to be dazzled by your prose, so please let us know:
  • Leave a comment here:      Brixchicks #wbw79
  • Facebook BrixChick Liza
  • Tweet @brixchick_Liza
  • Email WBW79 at brixchicks dot com
  • If you are thinking of dressing up as your character, We LOVE that! Instagram us: brixchick_Liza
  • Be sure to use the #WBW79 hashtag.
Summer reading, summer wine. A chance to take a character you love serve them wine and share the story! So pass it along! Can’t wait to read your entries!

BONUS:  There will be a prize for the best entry.  More on that later, but if you like wine and stories, you will love this prize. 

Romancing the Rhones - A special San Francisco Event (with a special discount)

Brix Chicks Followers Reap Rewards

Join us at Romancing the Rhones

The Old Mint
88 5th Street (5th and Mission)
San Francisco, California 94103
Saturday, July 14, 2012, Bastille Day!
2pm til 4:30pm


Dear Brix Chicks Readers,

This is a wonderful event in which you will be able to taste some of the finest Viogniers, Syrahs, Grenaches, Petites Syrahs and other Rhone Varieties produced in the USA. I ought to know how great these wines are because i had the honor of being one of the judges in the preliminary tasting rounds. In fact, if you attend this event you will get to judge for yourself. Affairs of the Vine has offered us a great deal which will expire June 10th so please take advantage of us!

Fall in love all over again! Share in a deliciously seductive Rhone experience on Saturday, July 14th in San Francisco, at the historic Old Mint. Blind taste 40 top wines from the 2012 Rhone Shootout. Pit your palate against the experts and vote for your favorites!

Enjoy sassy Rhone-friendly foods from local artisans. Sample amazing Rhone wines from California, Oregon and beyond. Learn something new about Rhone varietals. Discover new favorites to take home!

You’re special!
Buy tickets by July 10th and Receive VIP Status with the Brix Chicks Followers Upgrade Code: VIP Brixchicks

Romancing the Rhones: Romancing Event

• Explore 100+ amazing Rhone wines from 40+ Rhone producers
• Indulge in the Rhone Romance Lunch with Winemakers @ Chez Papa in the Mint Plaza. Limited seating (Gold Bar Tickets, $85)
• VIP Barrel Tasting in the historic Vaults (Silver Dollar Tickets, $65)
• Blind Taste top-scoring wines from the Rhone Shootout
• Sample Rhone-friendly food
• Perfect Pairings – 8 succulent wines & 8 brilliant bites ($20)
• On-site Bottle Booth – take home your new favorites!
• Rhone Lovers Tickets, $45

Don’t Rhone Alone! Reserve your tickets by July 10th and Be Upgraded to VIP Status!!
Buy Tickets Online
Upgrade Code: Brixchicks
Purchase the Rhone Lover's ticket ($45) and be upgraded to Silver Dollar VIP status ($65). Includes Early Admission to the Blind Tasting, access to the Barrel Tasting at 12:30 PM, and extra time to enjoy this Rhone lover's event.

Sponsors: Bottlenotes, GSO, Rhone Rangers, Trois Petits Cochons, Sour Flour, We Olive, Dining Around/NewsTalk 910 and One Brick.

04 July, 2012

Updates from Petite Abeille - Delish Pinot Noir

'09 Petite Abeille, Petite Abeille Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California USA ($35). This wine had a seductive color, clear garnet with coppery hints. It has that delicious, RRV Pinot perfumey cherry with spiced vanilla. Flavors to match with a nice acidity and a lovely cherry kissed lingering finish. We got to chat a little with Deb Mayo who grows the grapes and makes the wine. She uses four clones to grow the fruit that shapes her final product; Calera, Pommard, Swan 828 I found her fun and informative and will certainly be on the lookout for this wonderful wine.   If you are looking for wines from amazing female producers, or just looking for wonderful wines, this should go on your list, too