Don’t Pair Squirrels With Tawny Port… Or Beer… or Jeffs… (We Like Drinking Podcast #98)

It’s been a little while since I was a guest on the eminently entertaining and perennially NSFW We Like Drinking podcast, so I was all-in when they asked me to join a cadre of Jeffs (show hosts Jeff Eckles and Jeff Solomon, and former-Philly-wine-guy Jeff Kralik) for their 98th episode.

During our little virtual drinking session, we hit on the topics of $20K beer bottles sold in taxidermaled squirrels, the encroachment of marijuana on the wine industry in the USA, and my upcoming stint at the US BevX conference in D.C.

You can listen to the nearly two-hour drunken revelries here, or via the embed below… just make sure that you are well-lubricated before you do so.

Now, since this was a virtual drinking session, we of course all brought some libations. And given my recent deep dive into the world of Port, I thought it only fitting to sip (ok, maybe a bit more than sip) some Portuguese elixir during the WLD podcast…

Don’t Pair Squirrels With Tawny Port… Or Beer… or Jeffs… (We Like Drinking Podcast #98)Quinta de la Rosa 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto, $50)

Don’t Pair Squirrels With Tawny Port… Or Beer… or Jeffs… (We Like Drinking Podcast #98)

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One thing’s for sure about Quinta de la Rosa, they like their wines bold, but fresh, fruity, and decidedly un-cloying, even in the realm of their dessert wines. Such is the case with their 20 Year Tawny Port, aged in both 550L old oak pipes and tonels, which (true to form with their other Port offerings) is vividly brighter in color than most other Tawnies, and decidedly fresh in its palate vibrancy. Don’ get me wrong, we’re still talking about a pecan pie pairing wine, but even in its dried-fig-iness there are fresher fig and plum aromas and flavors peeking out.

Other than a slightly less oxidized profile, you get everything that you’d expect from an aged Tawny: palate richness, powerful alcoholic presence, baking spices, toasted almonds, liqueur and caramel notes. It’s just all delivered in a mouthfeel that has a lot more lift than one might expect, and, I’d bet, would be dangerously easy to imbibe for anyone within arm’s length distance of an open bottle.

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Uhm , Yeah, Well Who Doesn’t?!?? (Drinking Big On The “We Like Drinking” Podcast)

Duh? Who doesn’t?!??

I was recently a guest on the We Like Drinking podcast (episode 66), hosted by wine blogger Jeff Eckles and beer brewer Jim Myers. Which, in a few moments, will have me talking about expensive Cabernet, Michael Fassbender, and new American Viticultural Areas. Just maybe not in that order.

Anyway…

You can listen to the NSFW proceedings here, during which you will quickly learn why the podcast is so aptly-titled. I had a great time rapping with the guys and sharing opinions on wine, politics, the Synek Kickstarter campaign, and the shocking news that Cuba is apparently running out of beer.

As so often happens  on the occasions when people ask me questions, we went way over our allotted time, but I’m not going to say that it wasn’t entertaining!

I feel compelled to give at least a quick mention to very interesting (and very expensive) wine that I chose from the sample pool to drink during my podcast appearance, in the off-chance that you find yourself in a situation in which it’s being offered (the short take is that you probably won’t want to turn it down)…

Uhm , Yeah, Well Who Doesn’t?!?? (Drinking Big On The “We Like Drinking” Podcast)

Uhm , Yeah, Well Who Doesn’t?!?? (Drinking Big On The “We Like Drinking” Podcast)2012 Covert Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville, $175)

This Cab is new, times two. First, it’s a new Napa Valley estate, founded by the folks behind Azur Wines and Nicholson-Jones Wines. It’s also part of the first batch of wines being labeled under the Coombsville designation, which at the time of this writing is Napa’s brand-spakin’-newest AVA. Julien Fayard, whose background includes time put in at Château Lafite-Rothschild, Smith Haut Lafitte, and Quintessa, handled the winemaking duties.

As you’d expect from pricey NV Cab, this is supple and approachable now, but isn’t lacking for structure (particularly a not-so-expected raciness) that suggests aging potential. It’ll be fairly difficult to wait on it, however; the wine is delicious, and deceptively powerful (prediction: hangovers). It’s also complex: dark fruitiness, lingering wood spiciness, a sprig of herbs, and graphite for days. Indulging in a bit of personification, I’d say that it’s almost annoyingly good-looking and talented, yet lacking an easy target of overt self-possession; thus inspiring a jealous hatred in you but forgiving you for it at the same time.

F*cking hell, it’s basically Michael Fassbender in a bottle.

Uhm , Yeah, Well Who Doesn’t?!?? (Drinking Big On The “We Like Drinking” Podcast)

“You hate me? Really? It’s okay, I forgive you already.”

Cheers!

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