Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Heartwarming Story...

So, this first story has nothing to do about wine, but it made me smile. My brother is a veteranarian in Kansas City. On Sunday (his day off), I called him at about 6:00 at night. He had been out looking for a dog that got away from the clinic since 8 am- evidently it slipped away from the girl that takes care of the kennel dogs over the weekend. The owner of the dog was coming back the same day from vacation, and was obviously helping look for the dog as well. They did everything they could- calling all other vet clinics, the fire department, the aspca, and literally drove around town for 12 hours looking for it. By nightfall, still no dog. My brother told his 2 1/2 year old daughter that she could pray that the dog comes back. The next morning, he got to the clinic, and the dog was sitting in the owner's jeep, which had been left there over night. Needless to say, my niece was excited that her prayer for the dog to return worked!

2nd story also made me smile- While driving to the office this morning, I saw some dude riding a bike, listening to those old-school, huge radio headphones that cover your entire ear. Oh, and he also had a furry tail hanging off of the back of his shorts! What the...?

Now, on to wine. My suggestion today comes (once again) from Argentina. It's the 2005 Familia Zuccardi "Zeta". This is a blend of 66% malbec (aged in French oak for 14 months), and 34% Tempranillo (aged in oak from Missouri for 14 months), then bottle aged for another 18 months at the winery. It has the black cherry notes coming from the tempranillo, and the plum and smoky notes coming from the Malbec. This is a really cool wine, showing that quality tempranillo doesn't just come from Spain.

Locally, it is available at 33 Wine Bar, and Veritas. It scored 93 points parker, and has a suggested retail (from parker) of $50.

Until next time, Cheers!

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