November 26 • Barrel-Aged
I know you’ve always wanted to turn the clock back.
We’ve all dabbled at least once in the idea of going back in time. Some of us remain on the normal end of the spectrum where logic prevails and assures us that it is indeed impossible, while others prefer the Doctor Who end that gives them renewed hope every Thursday night on Netflix.
Now, I don’t have time to go into the details as to why time travel is scientifically improbable, but what I can do is point you in the direction of the next best thing: wine from a different time.
Those among us who are patient enough know how satisfying it is to throw a vintage into a French Oak barrel and wait for it to get better as the year’s tick by. While it’s slightly more exciting than watching paint dry, it certainly takes a boatload of delayed gratification.
That’s why it’s preferable to leave this incredibly mundane part of the process to the winery. Then you can waltz on in on your day of choice and request that these aged wines be dug up for your distinct pleasure. We all know how it goes.
But not every winery does this the same. Some wineries age wines based on variety and vintage. Others age their wine purely for experimental purposes. Not all wines should be aged, and we know that how? Case in point.
Then there’s a winery in South Australia that though they’d age their wines for a different reason. They’ve been quite a few memorable years in the last century that have gone down in history as worthy of remembrance. What better way to remember them, then, than to drink to them? There is a better way: drink to them with wine that was barreled in that year.
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the whole world that releases a single vintage each year that’s one hundred years old. I’ll let that sink in for a second. That’s a long time. This isn’t all they’ve done with their aging wines, however. In fact, they’ve gotten quite carried away with the entire gag.
They have a Taste Your Birth Year Tour where – you guessed it – you can taste a wine that began aging the year you were born. You can indulge your wildest time machine fantasies by going on the Moments in History Tour, where you can try a wine that was preserved in the year that Elvis Presley died, or even when the Titanic sank.
Honestly, I feel at this point that it’s selling itself.
Seppeltsfield Elixir III Charmingly Caramel: You may not be reminded of a bygone era when you taste this vintage, but you will be pleased to know you’re sampling some of the most exceptional South Australian wine available.
You’ll get notes of caramel and honeycomb on the nose with a light and fresh palate to follow. If you love your desserts, try a sip or two of this indulgent wine with a sticky date pudding.
NV Solero DP57 Grand Tokay: This Seppeltsfield varietal is quite the wine trip when it comes to flavor. With a starting point of sweet tea leaf, you’ll go on a ride through butterscotch and caramel. The delicate natural balance of acidity rounds it off nicely.
Get your laughing gear around this one with a bit of cheese and some fig chutney.
NV Para Grand Tawny: I’m going out on a limb with this one, but hey. When you’re in the business of time traveling your wines, all logic goes out the door. Their tawny port is rich, full-bodied and luscious, with a concentrated amount of flavors that linger. It has a mellow, smooth finish.
You don’t have to renew your Netflix subscription to get a taste for time traveling. Just take a visit to South Australia where you’ll find a group of people who are fascinatingly passionate about preserving their drops.
July 25 • Music
Jim Morrison and The Doors remain one of the most enduring enigmas of American Rock N’ Roll. The band that met in film school and called the streets of Venice their home, opened “the doors” to a psychedelic Rock N’ Roll discography that has planted and blossomed millions of fans around the world. And yet, there is still so much that has been overlooked, especially for what the city of Los Angeles meant for Jim Morrison.
July 15 • shots
It’s always a race against the heat in the West. Hell, there’s a score of difference races around here. There’s a race to the riches and a race to the hills where the riches lay. There’s a race to food and shelter and the means in which a man might make to get them. There’s a race to the women and to the brothels and saloons where you can find them at. I don’t look for my women in those places but I often find myself in them for other races. Mine is a race to whiskey. It’s only a matter of time before I find myself in one today.
March 01 • Distillers
France’s contributions to the world involve gourmet food, beverages, wine, the revolution, and the Eiffel Tower, to name some. Beverages like Cognac, Armagnac, and Champagne are famous the world over.
August 12 • Coffee Producers
The Stumptown coffee buyers are called the Green Team members. These people sit down around a
campfire or in the home of a producer and talk about the year’s crop. They have met with these
producers many times because they have slowly been working on building long-lasting relationships.