My Version of “Spring Cleaning”

For those of you who live in the Northern climes or in regions where the snow still sits on the ground and the temperatures hover around 10 degrees, this post might appear a case of rubbing it in. That’s not my intention and I apologize for any distress this post might create for you.

It’s March 12 and here in Glen Ellen it is 78 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. It may as well be spring. My trees are budding. My perennials are pushing. Barry Bonds is hitting home runs in spring training. The only thing that would make this more spring like is the opportunity to dwell on Dry Rose.

But wait… steps Kermit Lynch:

2006 Gris de Gris-Domaine de Fontsainte–$12.95
"Value of the Month? Value of the Year? Of the Decade?
And I don’t single out Fontsainte 2006 for special honors. Every vintage I have tasted is right on theFontsainte
market, deserveing a Value of the Year award….This rose speaks aromatically, and it seems to say, ‘Live it up, pleausre is good for you, too."

Leave it to Kermit Lynch to confirm that, yes, it may as well be officially spring.

I used to be a "Fall Guy". It was that season that most took my breath away. In this neck of the woods we had everything in the fall: warm weather, cooler weather, color in the vineyards, harvest. But over the past few years I’ve replaced Fall with Spring as the time of year I most look forward too. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps it has something to do with aging. "Hope", always more associated with Spring, seems a commodity more appreciated by us as we age.

It may also be that I LIKE to drink light whites and Rose more than any other wine. It didn’t used to be that way, but it is now and Spring facilitates good drinking weather geared for these wines.

Upon seeing the new Kermit Lynch newsletter this weekend and seeing this amazing bargain on the Fontsainte Rose I made a point of looking through my wines to see just how many whites needed to be drunk up now, rather than later. I set them aside and plan on going through them one by one. This will be pleasurable, but also offer the added benefit of making way for the Fontsainte. My version of Spring Cleaning.


3 Responses

  1. Tyler - March 12, 2007

    I have a viognier sitting in my fridge just waiting for a nice New England day. Luckily we’ve had a full weekend of them, but I haven’t been able to coax my friends over to share it. Although Fall may be a pleasant and enjoyable season I never find myself saying, “I wish summer would be over so the leaves will fall and the weather will get cold.” White wine season here we come!

  2. Erwin Dink - March 14, 2007

    It was pushing 80 here in Atlanta and the Bradfor Pear trees are blossoming. I was considering ordering a case of the Gris de Gris-Domaine de Fontsainte from K&L because it does sound like a good deal but I’m always wary of buying cases of something I haven’t tried. Reading about it the other day got me in the mood so I picked up a bottle of Toad Hollow’s Eye of the Toad, 2006 Pinot Noir Rosé and I’m drinking it now before dinner.
    I’m a spring and fall guy but I don’t think I’d appreciate them so much if it weren’t that they provide such a relief to the cold winters and hot summers. Times of transition always have me craving the coming season’s wines.

  3. CoolCzech - April 2, 2007

    Your blog sucks, Wark.

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