“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” — Frank Zappa
Writing about wine is like a fish riding a bicycle. (Ok. I know. That doesn’t make a lick of sense, not even in Zappaland, but you get what you pay for here at Wine Harlots). If you want good sense and exquisite writing, Fredric Koeppel of Bigger Than Your Head muses about the connection between dance and wine criticism and contemplates the similarities of wine in a glass and the elegance of ballet, with sentences like “a wine that slowly ravels its ambiguities and lays them out for our revelation and delight.” Writing so lyrical it makes a girl want to toss out her toe shoes and typewriter. Or drives a girl to drink.
What the Wine Harlots are drinking today is the Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir, in the “groovy green bottle” that provides a lot of bang for the buck – the wine is a clear ruby with flavors of cherry and raspberries, a really pleasant, easy-drinking red wine. The only quibble I have is calling it “pinot noir.” The Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir is a delicious red table wine, but doesn’t taste like a classic pinot noir, and I think that’s confusing to consumers, but I guess if you’re buying a wine that’s under a ten-spot, you’re looking for drinkability, not varietal correctness.
Perfect pairing? This wine is versatile enough to work with most of your weeknight meals, pairing it with Kale, Chorizo & Manchego Pizza with make your taste buds dance with delight. The music match? You’d think it would be all Mothers of Invention or ballet-inspired chamber music, but it’s working the groovy theme to death with “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Simon & Garfunkel, the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
The details: 13% alcohol. Zork closure. Grapes: pinot noir 75%, syrah 25%. Appellation: Valle Central, Chile. Price: suggested retail is $9 USD, savvy shoppers can find it for around $6-8 bucks. Produced by Don Sebastiani & Sons. This was a media sample provided for editorial consideration.