The wine I chose was an easy one. I have seen it in my local store for a while and was waiting for the right post. This would be that post. The writing of it in the style that the host Rob Bralow had asked us to write might seem as a challenge at first, but because of the wine, this post was effortless.
Rob Bralow, of Wine Post was asked by Wine Blogging Wednesday founder, Lenn Thompson, of The New York Cork Report. Lenn asked Rob to host and this is what Rob came up with, taken directly from his blog:
For the next Wine Blogger Wednesday, I present a simple challenge with the following guidelines:
- Choose a wine they you know well and have enjoyed many times, but perhaps have not had the time or the motivation to write about OR a wine you have seen in your wine shop that you have been meaning to try.
- Time how long you enjoy the wine. Round numbers are more than acceptable but exact numbers get extra points.
- Take twice that amount of time to write your blog post. Use the time to find out something you might not have known about the wine and to edit your writing. A wise man once told me that there is no good writing, only good rewriting.
- NO SAMPLES! Too often the wines written about are out of convenience rather than genuine interest. Make this one of the wines that you decided to purchase.
- Last but not least, give your writing some flare. Use a style that will challenge you. Be creative and enjoy writing for the sake of the words. Be picky about which words you use. Think about the rhythm and the rhyme. Poetic phrase will be rewarded.
So without further delay, here is what I pen,
before I put my head down to lay:
On this day I muscled up enough courage.
There was this bottle, of which I had some knowledge.
I have noticed her a few times before,
But never thought she was worth the offer
My weekly visits to my favorite cellar,
She was always there lying softly on her side,
I could not think she would be worth some forty two dollar.
So, on this Wednesday, wine blogging Wednesday at that,
she would not hide.
Like the attractive woman at the bar,
I always admired from afar,
I had inkling what she was all about,
But honestly, there was little doubt.
I picked her up and walked on out.
I dreamed on my way home of what she would be on my snout.
What I have here is a beautiful creation,
Two of my favorites in this nation,
Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot,
Something about these, two I do know.
From Schneider Vineyards this 2005 Vintage comes
On this North Fork of Long Island where my focus is from.
Upon the open, my eyes were wide,
There was nothing in my glass that could hide.
On the nose there were some wonderful red fruits
Raspberry and Bing cherry were in cahoots!
While there was a wonderful mix of Earth
It was showing some nice green like from a tomato leaf
Basil leaf and fresh herbal mix as well that made it worth.
As it sits longer in the glass the Black pepper and Spice,
Were all but to nice.
There was this wonderful leather aroma,
That blended well with tobacco leaf.
But in the end there was so much going on
That I almost forgot about the floral note.
Finally my mouth was calling,
I almost felt as if it were bawling.
This wine had my knees buckling,
And saying, “Wow this is something”
I tasted this wonderful flavor cascade,
There was Boysenberry and blackberry
Some wonderful juicy plum
This wine was no ho hum!
The flavors continued with some excellent chewy tannins
Along with some tobacco, slate and pencil shavings.
My one night stand with the bottle of my dreams
Was more than I could have wanted.
My only hope is that I wake up
With a little extra in the bottle for tomorrow.
The wine-cup is the little silver well,
Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616)