Saturday, January 24, 2009


I'm sure quite a few of my friends can quote from the movie Sideways, but maybe not everyone. I'm not going to bother to explain the movie except by example of my current reality.

You see, I am in the midst of both a quest for great wines and to give my brother a fitting send-off to married life. The wines are hopefully the ones I am going to make this year, and for my brother we will have to wait and see. That story will never end the way it did in the movie. I am sure we will have some good laughs and a couple of mishaps along the way though.

What are you all drinking? What is something new and different you have tried for the first time? What surprised you in something new? What are the everyday wines you drink when you do? These are all questions I am pondering for the future of Ancient Fire Wines.

Last weekend Margot and I attended the New Hampshire Winery Association annual meeting. A social hour and dinner preceded the meeting and I have to say the wines and the food were excellent. Many of the wines were from local wineries that we hadn't tried yet and say great things for several young wineries. Some of my favorites were open and represent a raising of the bar for some of the operations that have been at it a bit longer. Make sure you seek out the local wines. Check the association web site for links to all of the wineries that are online.




Anonymous said...

First of all I loved that movie. The wines I love are recently Francis Ford Coppola Rusco, it is a mix of 3 different red wines. I like a crisp white wine chilled like a pinto noir. I tend to not go for sweet wines or dry reds.

Looking forward to helping you taste, and developing my palette.

Jason Phelps said...

Merv, I just saw this. I haven't seen that movie in a while, but the party planning going on reminded me of some of the funny lines.