Similarly, I’m not very good at hiding the truth either. Not because my acting skills are poor (I’ve got plenty of baby mama drama flowing in these veins), but because my conscience never seems to let me. Every time I start to feel a fib tickling the corners of my lips, a little voice starts whining in my ear – “Don’t do it. Don’t do it!”
It’s the same voice that tells me I shouldn’t order a second scoop at Pazzo Gelato, and that I should drink only one glass of wine instead of two. Or three. Unfortunately, I’m not quite as skilled at listening to that voice when it comes to items I bite or imbibe. It only seems to penetrate my consciousness when I want to lie my way out of coffee with a Debbie Downer who wants to whine about her ex-boyfriend for an hour.
As such, I’m going to be brutally honest in this review of the wine tasting Matt of Mattatouille hosted at Silver Lake Wine last Wednesday night.
I don’t really remember anything about what I tasted.
When I drink wine, I live in the moment. I become a brighter, less neurotic version of myself, and I focus my attention on that feeling rather than the flavors swirling around in my mouth. It’s not that I don’t appreciate good wine – I do, and when pressed, can even make a few intelligible comments about detecting a “note of such and such.” For me, however, the experience of drinking the wine is the most pleasurable part about it, and deconstructing that experience kind of takes the fun out it.
That said, even with the brief tutorials on each of the French summer whites that we tasted (a list can be found below), I still had a great time at the event. I learned that I don’t hate all Rose (it tastes nothing like the horrific pink wine my grandmother used to drink at her bridge parties), and I also learned that Chateau de Pinet Picpoul de Pinet 2008 tastes much better after a bite of one of Porto’s Bakery’s cheese rolls. (I didn’t care for the first few sips I sampled sans food.)
What is most memorable to me about the evening – aside from the scrumptious bites of cheese roll, guava & cheese pastry, meat-stuffed potato ball, and two pieces of media noche sandwich that I snacked on – was the time spent with friends in the warm atmosphere of the wine shop. It was a nice break in the middle of the work week and a pleasant escape from the world that exists for me from 9 to 5, Monday – Friday.
This is why I love wine. Yes, it tastes good, and yes, it enhances the flavors in a dish, but more importantly, it’s the perfect excuse to hit the pause button on life. With a glass in my hand, I’m livin’ in the moment of each sip.
Wines Tasted :
Domaine J Laurens Cremant de Limoux NV France
Chateau de Pinet Picpoul de Pinet 2008 France
Le Saint Andrew Rose Vin de Pays du Var
Maison Angelot Bugey Gamay 2008
And a special Rose, Brady 2008, that Matt brought with him from Saarloos & Sons
Silver Lake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
315 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
3614 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505