we're not in college anymore

Monday, June 19, 2006


... and free alcohol isn't always good alcohol. Like this Mount Eden Vineyards 2001 Chardonnay from Edna Valley, which his work was giving away for free. (He works for a non-profit. This wine was donated for an event. Apparently, not all of the wine was poured at said event, so employees got the leftovers.)

Um, 2001 was five years ago. And Chardonnay is supposed to be fresh. Especially California Chardonnay, which doesn't have the ageability of white Burgundy.

And who knows where this wine was stored before the big employee giveaway.

But we decided to try it out anyway. (It was actually hot in San Francisco this weekend -- sun, there was sun! We needed refreshment. Plus the Chardonnay grapes were sourced from MacGregor Vineyard, which is a nice spot now owned by Jean-Pierre Wolff of Wolff Vineyards, who is a very nice guy and does a lot of great environmental and habitat-preservation work in his vineyards.)

The results: I felt like I was drinking metal, but with a really astringent aftertaste that made my mouth pucker. There was no fruit left in this wine. And the color was dark. I couldn't handle more than two sips.

Note to self: Drink Chard while it's young.

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