2/10/2010

New Arrivals: Fairchild Estate

Posted by The Wine Whore |


Here's a riddle:
How do you get a bottle of Silver Oak and two bottles of Fairchild Estate wine sent to your door?

Answer:
Either spend about $350 plus shipping... OR write a post entitled "Opus One Sucks the Big One"


Maybe it's just a coincidence, but since that controversial post about Mondavi's lovechild, I've been getting some seriously expensive bottles in the mail. This may sound like I am bragging.... well, actually that's because I am bragging! That's not the point. The point is that I feel like the wine world is embracing my honesty and rewarding me for giving the finger to all of the wine snobs out there who have no REAL taste. Now THAT'S something to brag about!

Okay, so if it's honesty you want, it's honesty you're gonna get!

That doesn't mean I'm gonna start bashing every bottle out there... it means that I am going to keep telling you the honest truth about the wine I taste. After all, pretend to like crappy wine, and you'll just get MORE crappy wine! No thanks!

So let's get down to business...

Why does Fairchild Estate believe they can charge over $100 for a bottle of their juice?

Ironically enough, Paul Hobbs, the winemaker for Fairchild Estate, worked for Mondavi earlier in his career and was even assigned to the Opus One team in 1981. Oh, now we're getting somewhere! I wonder if Paul has managed to create a wine worth its hefty price tag or if this is just more overhyped California crap? There's only one way to find out.

This sounds like a job for The Wine Whore!

Until then...

Cheers!



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10 comments:

Michael said...

Ha! I always thought Opus One was way overrated for the price. I just discovered your blog and I'm glad someone had the cajones to say so publicly.

The Wine Whore said...

What can I say, I'm here to shake things up! I'm just glad to hear that a like-minded wino has found my site... to know that others out there feel the same way as I do makes me feel like all is not wrong in the world.

Cheers to you Michael! May we one day overcome the overpriced B.S. and just get down to drinkin' some good juice!

Sip with Me! said...

Well Randy, I for one have always loved you for your honesty. That and your clever wit� keep 'em both up ;)

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you! :) I really appreciate that!

Cheers!

Pam Caudy said...

But if I said Silver Oak sucks, I doubt if I would get a complimentary bottle. The Wine Whore rules!!

Frank said...

Very nice. I'm with you on Opus opinion. I think this topic came up when we were at TWR last time - Of the wines in the Opus 'peer group,' I still think Caymus brings it.
PS - Caymus, if you are reading, send all case deliveries to...

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Thank you Pam! Always appreciate the love and support! :)

Frank, I think you're right... Caymus does bring it! Hmmm, I wonder if we could get them to send us some samples... lemme see what I can do! :)

Lawrence Fairchild said...

I do like the way you think, which is why the wine was sent. Possibly if I had actually known that Opus had sent you a bottle, the Fairchild Estate may have stayed in the cellar. With that in mind, small producers such as Fairchild have to fight very hard against the large boutique producers (sic) like Opus and Silver Oak to get noticed. Enjoy the wine. LF

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for stopping by LF and leaving a comment! The good news is that I think there are a lot of people out there like myself who appreciate small producers who make GOOD WINE minus all of the hype.

Looking forward to experiencing your juice!

Kate said...

I am so stoked for you to review this wine.
I see its a 2006 - are you going to drink one soon-ish, and cellar the other for a few years?

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