Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Winemaker's Son


Imagine a sun soaked day, some time on our hands, and a promising looking wine shop beckoning us within. Now imagine three twenty-something dudes in surf shorts and flip-flops hanging out in front of the beer cooler. While that visual in itself is not necessarily unusual, one would think you'd more likely see such dudes milling about the beer cooler at the 7-Eleven. As it turned out, the leader of this pack was the son of a winemaker. His comfort and knowledge of beer, liquor, and all things wine was far more than would be considered fair for his age or any age. Armed with two Belgian (750ml size of a standard wine bottle) bottles of beer in each arm and a couple of happy friends, he speaks to us in a friendly and even charming way. No doubt he can't help but notice us forty-somethings as we find ourselves unwittingly eavesdropping on their conversation. We did not mean to look so obvious, but he feels compelled to include us in his conversation anyway.  We came to just peruse the impressive wine and liquor selection; instead we leave with an armful of the winemaker's son recommendations. Where were these guys when I was his age, drinking frozen strawberry daquiris and thinking I had finally arrived at cool sipping white zinfandel? I am now appreciating what could have been gained from having friends like that!

The Winemaker's Son's Recommendations:


Duvel Belgian Pale Ale ($9) 750 ml
Honey, floral in nature with a hint of pepper

Delirium Nocturnum Belgian dark ($9) 750ml
strong, complex with lots of flavors and character

2005 Leal Vineyards, Carnaval Meritage ($35)
A full-bodied fleshy wine with flavors of ripe berries, dark chocolate 
and espresso. Great with everyday American fare , including chili, burgers and pizza.

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5 comments:

Chris said...

There are several brewery's doing high quality Belgian style ales in the USA now - one of my favorites is Ommegang in upstate New York.

http://www.ommegang.com

A little less expensive then the European stuff, but just as good and definitely worth trying.

Chris said...

Check out this farmhouse Belgian - I don't know if it is actually a Saison - but had some last night and it will probably become my choice beer for this summer. Amazing and refreshing!

Velva said...

Chris, we have added the Ommegang and the farmhouse Belgian to our list of new ales to experience.

Our friend Scott will be adding a new recommendation to the blog for a great ale to experience too.

Scott said...

Yeah, my buddy Greg the baker says Uff-Da Bock, while having nothing to do with Belgian or Belgian style beers, is the shiznit!

K. said...

We will have to try these.

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