The Negress managed to fit in a bottle of 2008 Bastianich Vespa Bianco between series finales, happy renewals (yay! Human Target, boo Law and Order). She has also been a busy Boordy bee (full disclosure: I’m on the winery’s payroll) pouring a selection of those Maryland wines at Grape Expectations in Gaithersburg and the Wine in the Woods festival in Columbia. I’ve also been getting in my training for the Team Challenge (hope you can help with some $$$$) and watching, with some amazement, the Stanley Cup run-up (The Devils are gone but I like the Habs with my hops). I veered between beer and wine of late because after you pour wine all day, a beer feels good. The beer of the moment for me is brewed up I-270 in Frederick. Flying Dog Raging Bitch
(if you don’t love the name, you are missing the point) is a Belgian style India Pale Ale with some bite and richness. I love microbrews and this is my favorite right now.
All right, I also want to talk about wine. I’ve been drinking a lot of white lately –2008 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier and 2008 Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc on the value side. If you want to kick it up a notch, I strongly recommend the 2008 Bastianich Vespa Bianco. The fruit is 45% Chardonnay, 45% Sauvignon, 10% Picolit (Late Harvest). According to the Bastianich sheet on the wine, it’s “a tightly wound balance of minerality and citrus, evolving over time into a more viscous expression of wildflowers, clover honey and mature pear. The palate sensations are more like those of a red wine. Its tannic structure and acidic backbone lend it not only immediate impact but also a long life. Vespa Bianco can be further aged up to 7 – 10 years after the vintage.” I agree with most of this except for the part about it being like a red wine on the palate. I suspect this is written to play into a standing prejudice that white wines can’t be complex or evolve like reds. Kind of stupid if you ask me.
However, The Negress will admit to having some of that “smart red, dumb white” prejudice myself. Thanks to bloggers like 1winedude and my hunger for new experiences, I’m so over it. Join me. You’re missing a lot of good wine if you don’t.