July 31, 2019
Paso Robles, CA
“Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”
― Samuel Johnson, The Rambler
I haven't read a lick of Samuel Johnson outside of the quote above. That said, me gusta.
My friend Michael, a sommelier in Los Angeles, asked me if I could name a musical equivalent to the Adams Ranch wines from Ledge.
"Ugh" I'm thinking, "Enough with these exercises." but I bit.
With surprisingly little hesitation I offered up Yma Sumac and sent him a video.
"What did I just watch?" He quipped, 15 seconds into "Chuncho".
""Listen to the whole thing." I say, "She is a revelation. Completely different, experimental and yet with an absolute sense of place."
A while later he picked up on her sound and saw where I was coming from.
So, yeah. Yma Sumac. Chuncho makes me smile. Takes me places. The other answer would have been Lou Reed.
"Hey Mark, if your wine was an architectural period, which one would it be?"
Seriously? I can't even-
There is no way you could expect me to-
Basque seems like a good one.
Michael really only asked about musical comparisons, and I actually love to compare and contrast wine with other universal curiousities.
In other news, I will be curating the wine program for an upcoming river adventure in Idaho. We are bringing 4 wines, the JBV Counoise Rosé, the G2 Grenache Blanc, MCA Cuvée and Rolph Family Vineyard Grenache. Should be a hoot.
We had a delightfully informative visit and tasting with Josh Raynolds of Vinous, a human being who is intimidatingly well-versed in just about everything. Bone up on the Genius Edition of Trivial Pursuit if you intend to give him audience. Prepare backup. Seriously.
Thank God for Ciera when Josh is around. She can occupy him with things like the history of Bayreuth while I look up who in the heck Frederick Law Olmsted was. It was a joy to see him again.
Hey, before I forget, James McMurtry is playing in Tin City this Friday, August 2. His song Choctaw Bingo is something to check out if you are unfamiliar.
The next stop for Ledge is the Idaho River Adventures trip followed by a winemaker dinner and market visit down in New Orleans, where we just picked up distribution. Pumped about those events. Last I checked there were a pair of seats still available on the rafting trip, August 15-20 on the middle fork of the Salmon River.
After that harvest will be nigh which means a ridonkulous hairdo is in order. This year it will be a mullet. I haven't had a haircut in a while, so the results should be downright horrifying.
Stay tuned and thanks for reading!