The Wine:
Harvest Moon Russian River Valley Sparkling Gewurztraminer 2007

The Affair:
Drinking wine is a lot like jumping out of an airplane. You pack up your parachute, patiently await as butterflies circle madly in your stomach as you climb thousands of feet in the air, and then it all ends with that one moment you step out of the plane. It's at that moment that all of your fear, apprehension, and anxiety are given a roundhouse, knockout kick by a shot of excitement, adrenaline, and then hopefully a safe landing back on the ground. Sure, sometimes your chute doesn't open or something goes wrong and you end up like a splatter of bird poop on the ground... but sometimes the thrill of trying something new is rewarded with an intensely awesome experience. That's what living is all about!

The good news about drinking wine is that when it sucks, nobody gets hurt. You may lose of few bucks, but at least you still walk away with an experience... good OR bad. Last night's affair was one of those moments where I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Not only do I have little experience with Gewurztraminer, but I've never had one with bubbles before. So I strapped on my chute, grabbed the bottle, and gracefully attempted to pry the cork out of its neck (see picture above). Okay, maybe not quite graceful, but what do you expect from me? :)

If you've ever asked someone to describe their experience after they jump out of an airplane, you've probably gotten the same lame, non descriptive answer. It's usually either "awesome", "peaceful", "beautiful", or something else like that. You'll never really know for sure how it feels until you try it for yourself. Well, this affair can only be described as tasty, enjoyable, and FUN! This is one jump that ended well... I didn't worry for a second about my chute not opening! It was THAT good!


When was the last time you pushed your palate to the EXTREME?

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Beth said...

Here's one to try in the future, Foris Vineyards 2007 Gew�rztraminer, $13.50/btl:

Hope your sparkling affair was good!

Sip with Me! said...

Great job Randy opening both your mind and your palate (easy when the wine's free, you whore) � and look how you were rewarded for your efforts. I like the challenge of pushing the palate to the extreme. My most recent jumping off experience involved a Marechal Fouche and Pinot Noir blend from Oregon's Ankeny Vineyard. The best description might be: 2 wines for the price of one. The jump, even though not dangerous, may still not be pleasurable, but I that won't stop me either!

Jainomo said...

Sounds unique! Would love to try it sometime.

The Wine Whore said...

I'll have to give that one a shot Beth... especially if it's only $13.50... nothing to lose! :)

Thank you Sip with Me... that sounds like an exciting one to try. Can't stop trying new things... that's what it's all about!

Joeshico said...

I'm really getting to like Gewurztraminer. Still don't do the bubbles that often, but if TWW recommends it, I'll have to give it a try.

The Wine Whore said...

The bubbles definitely added an interesting element to the Gewurz... you should totally give it a chance!

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