Saturday Reminders—5/19/18

I have a busy few hours ahead of me, so this will need to be brief. It is fairly early in the morning here in Houston, and I am ready to head out for a quick 20 mile bike ride. Then we are off to Sebastian’s “championship” baseball game, which I hope does not go into extra innings since I need to catch a flight to California shortly after the time the game should end. Oh, and I need to pack. Yeah, nothing going on. As I head out for my ride, here are 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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