Saturday Reminders—5/12/18

Looking over what I wrote in this spot last week, it seems like this Saturday is a carbon copy (with the exception of the Philadelphia 76ers being eliminated from the playoffs). Sebastian has a baseball game this morning (it is the first game of the playoffs—is it bad that I hope they lose so we can have our Saturdays back?), I hope to squeeze a ride in before the temperatures climb into the 90s, and (the one main exception) my wife has her orchestra performance tonight (for which we were told to arrive an hour early since Hamilton will be going on in the same building at the same time (I wonder if my wife will notice if I “accidentally” find my way into the wrong theater). Before I contemplate putting my marriage on the line, I have a couple of reminders:

  • If you have not already done so, you need to enter Rodney Strong’s Master Blender Sweepstakes. I was out in Sonoma a few weeks ago where I experienced what the two winners will experience and it is unlike any visit to Wine Country. Details about my trip can be found HERE.

    The highlight and focal point of the trip was the blending seminar, where we were charged with making our own blend of Rodney Strong’s famed Symmetry wine, which includes five Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot). The wines were then judged by winemaker Greg Morthole (I did not win, in case you were wondering).

  • The number of wines for “The Largest Blind Tasting of American True Rosés Ever” has grown to over 60 with a few more on the way. True Rosés are pink wines that are not saignée, wines that are intentionally made to be rosé from the start. They are not a by-product of red wine production. Even though the total is now up to more than five dozen, if you would like to either submit a wine or participate in the tasting, please contact me. The tasting will be June 9th, so if you are in Houston and would like to partake (it will be a “formal tasting” that will likely take close to three hours and spitting will be required), let me know!

This year’s lineup as of two weeks ago…

…then it grew to this….

…and it got crazy once I added the previous vintages.

Have a Safe Saturday!




About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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