Of Montreal, Georgia, and Sonoma
our vacation started off in fabulously by going to see Of Montreal at the Grand Ballroom in SF. despite not playing The Past is A Grotesque Animal it was by far the most entertaining show of the year for me (their riotous cover of Nevermind topped the whole thing off perfectly). One of the best parts was that it ended at 11:30, leaving plenty of time for a trip to Terrior Natural Wine Bar & Merchants. While there we drank an extremely interesting white wine from the country of Georgia. I don’t remember the name of the wine I (my Georgian has suffered recently), but i do remember that it was made from “the well known Mtsvane grape” (according to the back of the bottle) and was aged for a time in clay(!). Although the wine was a 2005, it tasted much older and needed a good 30 minutes in a decanter to open up. It was a very pale pink color, but smelled and drank like a red. i had never had wine from Georgia before, but will definitely be on the lookout for them now.
Today we drove up to Sonoma. We’re renting a vacation home outside Glen Ellen on the edge of a bird sanctuary with a balcony that looks over the valley. it’s pretty amazing. We stopped at Gundlach Bundschu on the way, and realized how smart we were to bring wine bought at Terroir with us to California wine country. We liked the Gewurztraminer and Cab Franc, and bought bottles of them both, but were not impressed with the rest of their fare. It wasn’t that the rest of the wines were bad, there was just nothing interesting or unique about them.
That’s it for now. I’m still open to suggestions of wineries to visit. Especially dog friendly ones.
(Cory is cooking lamb shoulder in the cold)