Wine Time reviews cheap wine with HG blogger Marissa A. Ross. This week’s review features Harvest Girl Syrah, as well as special guest Alexis DuPre (Jackie Johnson). Directed & Edited by Bennett Smith. Featuring “Siberian Girls” by Monster Rally. Catch more of Marissa and Alexis’ misadventures in Tangents & The Times: The Series.
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I’m sorry I’ve been gone. I’ve been on a huge “DON’T DRINK SO MUCH!” // “I LOVE THIS ONE SOUR BEER MORE THAN ANYTHING!” trip for awhile now. Also, Tangents & The Times: The Series has been owning my life. Luckily for all you, along with the new Tangents episodes, comes a new Wine Time episode! It should be up next week. Anyway, yeah. Sorry I haven’t been such an alcoholic lately. Love you.
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne
Retailer: Craft beer places
I’ve previously raved about Sunset Beer Company, but I don’t know if you guys know the extent of how much I love this little craft beer hub. If this was Cheers, I’d be Norm. I am here, a lot. I come to Sunset Beer to write because it’s like a cool, quiet coffee shop but with dope sour beers instead of coffee. I never thought I’d give a shit about beers, but the advent of the sour brew has kind of changed my life.
Today the owner Jeff recommended I try the Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne based on my affinity for the Petrus Pale Ale. Made of from a blend of lambics (which are not even really beer in my opinion, those bitches are like candy), the Gueuze Tilquin is unfiltered, unpasteurized and refermented in the bottle. It has a world-class rating of 96 from Beer Advocate, which must mean I’m not just insane for thinking this beer is AMAZING.
I still don’t know anything about beer tasting besides just drinking the shit out it, but this is a great tasting beer. It’s a lot like the Petrus but tarter, with a super light finish. It’s super good and if you see it around, I highly suggest giving it a go.
Ross Test: Passed, passed, passed, going to do another twenty.
My sister and I seem to be the only people who know about “Skumps”. This is an outrage that I can no longer sit back and just fucking let happen. You need to know about “Skumps”. “Skumps” is an incredibly important part of drinking because it is a toast from Disney’s legendary animated masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty. So now, when I say SKUMPS! you better fucking say SKUMPS! back. I don’t expect you to know the whole song but I expect you to be fucking cultured.
The Show Malbec 2011
Retailer: Target, because a bitch has to shop
I wish I could think straight right now, but unfortunately I made the worst/perfect decision to revisit Rilo Kiley right as I started drinking this wine. Drinking red wine and listening to Rilo Kiley is the quickest way to regress into a sophomoric, love sick, whining bag of teenage angst for no fucking reason. IT’S, AMAZING.
Anyway, tonight I am chilling hard in a thermal, my favorite socks with an awesome Malbec and a sick bruise I scored two weekends ago stumbling home after a Christmas party. Man, I love Malbecs. My love of the ‘Bec rivals my love of the Cab’Sauv, which says SO MUCH.
Malbecs hail from France, Argentina and Washington, USA, although most of the ones I’ve had are from Argentina. And so is The Show Malbec! They’re like the Juicy Fruit of red wines— mouth watering and full of fruit flavor. But with mild tannins. Since Juicy Fruit doesn’t have tannins. You should be concerned if your Juicy Fruit has tannins. Actually, you should probably be concerned if you’re old enough to buy wine and you are still buying Juicy Fruit.
Tasting Notes: Exceptionally smooth and satiny for such a price point. Lots of cranberry, a touch of spice & pepper, and the violet one can expect from an Argentinean Malbec. The finish on this is perfect— just enough to be like, “Hey, remember that sip you just had? It was delicious AMIRITE OR AMMMIIIRRRITTEEEE???” and you’re like, “Yeah, taste buds, you’re right!” without being like “OKAY OKAY CALM DOWN JEEEEESUS.” so, that’s good.
Ross Test: I did three of them just because, and A-. And the minus is only because the chugging is a little acidic at first, but all in all, I think I might go for a fourth!
Last Tuesday was the launch of some new Thorny Rose Wines. This is me drinking the cabernet, which I plan on doing a Wine Time of in the future, but these were my quickly jotted notes on the cab, verbatim, for the time being:
Today I review the delicious Petrus Aged Pale that is super sour & delicious & probably my favorite beer that I got at Sunset Beer Company, which you really need to visit if you’re in Los Angeles. The beer was around six bucks & worth every cent.
I’m not reviewing wine tonight I am just drinking it.
If we want, we can talk about my new hat?
It’s pretty fucking cool for $3, and I’ m excited to look
like a Russian with a cocker spaniel on her head
while my future lice go through their gestation period.
OK, OK ENOUGH ABOUT MY HAT.
WANT TO TALK ABOUT WINE?
GREAT! ME TOO!
My home remedy for cramps is white wine & hydrocodone.
JUST KIDDING LOL,
BUT WOULDN’T THAT BE GREAT?
The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio
Price: $4.99ish, can’t remember cause it was 30% off if I bought six bottles so duh, bought six bottles
Despite not being able to see the bottle of this at all, I went with this picture because my cat Berlioz photobombed me and he NEVER does that. Plus, he’s all Lazer Cat and shit.
A lot of people have been like, “What’s up with you drinking so much white wine lately?!” I mean, only like two people have said that but when that’s half your audience, you feel obliged to answer. So, I shall answer! The reason is because when I entertain, I buy three bottles of red and three bottles of white and lately, everyone has been killing my red and I’m too lazy to go to the store and buy more when there’s a perfectly good Pinot Grigio waiting for me. SO HERE WE ARE ASSHOLES.
Tonight I am hanging out with The Naked Grape’s Pinot Grigio, and it’s totally good company. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it my BFF or anything. It’s basically your third string friend, still a cool person but not your favorite. It’s a little too sweet and doesn’t have quite the bite you like in good one on one conversation.
Now maybe call your friend, homemade avocado tartine, and you’re going to really enjoy yourself!
Yes, I paired this wine! I came home and made one of my favorite snacks. I called it a “tartine” because I wanted to sound fancy but really I just mashed up some avocado on a piece of sourdough bread topped with salt, pepper and aged white cheddar (which I am not saying to sound fancy, it’s actually fucking aged white cheddar). They went really went together and honestly I would eat my tartines with this wine all night if my boyfriend wasn’t coming home to make me real food.
Tasting Notes: Pears and lemons. Smells like the Luna Lemon Zest bar I got in my GOOP Edition Birchbox, and it tastes like one too. Just drink it quick because as it gets warmer, it deteriorates from third string buddy to acquaintance you can’t remember ever inviting into your home but is somehow now leaving a water mark on your coffee table.
Ross Test: It’s a solid pass, but no gold star stickers.