Copy Cats and A Flattering Zin

At the Firm, I’m an IP[1] attorney, so I handle copyright and trademark matters all the time. That means, when my clients find someone else on the Internets using their “stuff” without permission[2], whether it’s photos, lines of copy, the name of a product or service, consumer goods, etc., I take steps to get the infringing lowlifes to stop.[3] Whenever people find these infringers, they are personally affronted. Until yesterday morning, I couldn’t really empathize or understand why they were so mad. I thought, its 2015, this happens all the time, no big deal.

Not anymore.IMG_5783

There I was, doing some morning Instagram browsing, and I see my photo. Wait a minute, that’s my photo! And it’s not on my account! Someone has taken MY photo and did a sloppy edit job to change the wine, and posted it on their account!![4] Who does that?! I felt so violated. I could not believe it. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery,[5] but seriously, really? At least Repost me and give me some credit! And don’t do a hack edit job where you can totally tell you stole the photo! Loser!

Anyway, no time to dwell on these things.[6] Today is a very important day! April 29 marks the fourth anniversary of The Royal Wedding! Not only that, but we’re in the middle[7] of the second #GreatKateWait! Happy day kiddos! Lots of love from across the pond!

Onto the wine!

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               April 29, 2015
Wine:              2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel Review
IMG_5784We actually opened this wine on Monday night[8]. It was fantastic then, but I actually like it even better tonight. The first night’s nose was rich and powerful with robust scents of leather and dirt.[9] It tasted like leathery raisins. Without a doubt, this was one of the smoothest wines I’ve had; it felt like velvet in my mouth. As it breathed a bit, the nose turned into a perfectly baked cake and the flavors magnified. The color was a deep, dark mahogany, almost black. This was a strong, full bodied wine; almost overpowering. Certainly not the wine you would use to introduce a Chardonnay lover to reds, but an excellent choice for a lover of all things red and powerful.[10]

When we were finished Monday, we used our Waring wine vacuum apparatus to seal the bottle tight. On night three[11] of the bottle being open, the wine is just as smooth, perhaps even smoother. The nose is still full of leathery earth. The taste is muted but fantastic. I’m getting some notes of cherry and toasted almond. It’s just so very enjoyable. Time to curl up, re-watch The Royal Wedding[12] and have some chocolate!

Wine Dossier
While I may not have agreed with the specifics of the tasting notes from Oak Ridge Winery[13], I do agree that it was “robust.” Though the label calls it a Zin, this was actually a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. According to their website, these grapes were culled from 50 to 100 year-old vines in Lodi, California, hence the name Old Zin Vines. Much better than the last Lodi Zin I reviewed. This retails online for between $10 and $16, so if you’re looking for a Zin that packs a powerfully delicious punch, grab a bottle and imbibe! Cheers!

IMG_5769Lawyer Footnotes
[1] IP: Intellectual Property.
[2] And it happens All. The. Time.
[3] Sometimes my clients are the ones doing the copying. In that situation, we say we’re sorry and work out a deal.
[4] This is blatant and unabashed COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
[5] So apropos that @lawbizmentors Tweetered this gem today.
[6] I’ve asked them to take it down. They have 24 hours and then I’m submitting a copyright claim through Instagram.
[7] Hopefully the tail end!
[8] After a horrific bottle we had to throw out. Blech.
[9] I mean this in the most pleasant way.
[10] I’m talking to you, Prince Harry.
[11] Yesterday was yoga night so I did a wine detox.
[12] A yearly tradition.
[13] They make the wine.

Rosé All Day

Yesterday afternoon, my Family, some Friends, Husband and I went to a local winery for Mom’s birthday. The winery itself is gorgeous. It sits on top of a hill overlooking 22 plus acres of vines with a beautiful stone patio complete with a pergola. There were all those typical scenes you see at a winery: red faced bachelorettes accompanied by her drunken bridesmaids, newly engaged couples having their photos taken, breast feeding mothers[1], dogs and children[2]. The weather had taken a bit of a chilly spiral in the wrong direction, so we ended up inside with our feast, dining to our hearts content and imbibing the overpriced winery wine. Where I live there are many wineries. The wines, however, are inherently flawed[3]. It seems we just don’t have the climate or the terroir[4] to make good wine, and even though people have been trying their hardest for decades, they’re just not enjoyable.[5] That being said, all in all, it was a fun day. There was cake[6], presents and wine, so really, how could it be bad?IMG_5739

This bottle of rosé caught my eye at a new package store I ventured into the other day on my Solitary Dining adventure. I’d never heard of a Deep Rosé[7] before and since this blog is all about trying new things, I had to buy a bottle. I’m glad I did.

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               April 26, 2015
Wine:              2012 Isabel Mondavi Deep Rosé Review
Unlike many rosés I’ve had before, this was not too sweet[8]. The nose was almost floral but not overpowering. I tasted peach, honey and lemon with a bit of a mineral aftertaste. Husband said he got butter. This is thick, not quite syrupy, but it certainly lingers pleasantly on the tongue and palate[9]. Great coloring, a dark but totally transparent cranberry. If this hadn’t been in the Rosé section, I would not have realized it belonged there. Since it’s officially rosé season[10] and I’m a firm believer in trying as many rosés as possible, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to go grab a bottle and give it a swirl. This retails online for between $15 and $20 so lawyers of all income brackets can enjoy.

Wine Dossier
Isabel Mondavi is the wife of Michael Mondavi, son of the world famous vintner, Robert Mondavi. Michael runs his own wine estate with his wife and two sons. This “Deep Rosé” is one of several in the Isabel Mondavi line and is made from cabernet sauvignon grapes from their Napa Valley vineyards.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Wait, what?
[2] Yea.
[3] I know, I know, I’m a lawyer, so I know there are always exceptions, but seriously, they’re all bad.
[4] Per Wikipedia, “Terroir (French pronunciation: ​[tɛʁwaʁ] from terre, “land”) is the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products such as wine, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, chili peppers, hops, agave (for making Tequila and Mezcal), tomatoes, heritage wheat, maple syrup, tea and sometimes Marijuana.”
[5] For example, yesterday’s chardonnay tasted distinctly like taco dip. While I love taco tip, I don’t care for it in liquid form.
[6] Cannoli cake. So delicious.
[7] Full disclosure: I don’t know how to get the accent over the e without typing fiancé so I can copy and paste it.
[8] Husband said it was a little too sweet for him, so like I’ve said before, wine is a totally personal experience.
[9] Your palate is actually the roof of your mouth. I had to use the Google to make sure I was using the correct word.
[10] Rosé Season is officially defined as that season beginning on the first warm day of the year after the long winter freeze, ending on the last day you can enjoy the sun’s warmth without a jacket and gloves.

Solitary Dining

Yesterday and today were the kind of days where there was no time for lunch. I hate those days. Yesterday evening I left the Firm and headed straight for my favorite grocery store[1] to buy some rotisserie chicken[2]. Middle Sissy came over for dinner and we enjoyed a lovely bottle of wine with Husband. Today, however, I had a closing[3] out of the office and at the end of the day, I found myself in a land far far away[4] with hunger pangs in my stomach and nobody to dine with. What was a girl to do?

I went to a restaurant and ate alone.

Have you ever done this? I hadn’t. Sure, I go to places like Panera and Whole Paycheck[5] by myself, but I’ve never gone to a sit down restaurant to eat a meal alone. I was near the shore so my clam chowder radar was buzzing and I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I’d had some. At first I was scared. I sat in my car for a while. I went into a gift shop first. Two actually.[6] Then I said, “Feck it, I’m goin’ in.” And I did. It was totally fine. Fun, actually. Empowering even. I had my chowder[7] and a nice tall Strongbow. One of the best parts was not having to share the butter.[8] It was delicious. If you haven’t dined alone before, I would highly recommend giving it a try.[9] Salute!

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               April 24, 2015
Wine:              2012 Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon Review
The wine was breathing for a bit while I whipped up some guacamole and prepared the asparagus.[10] The wine had a very pleasing and fruity nose. IMG_5711Husband got Sharpie marker. Middle Sissy said she smelled “wine”. On the first sip I got lots of jam and a bit of a spicy aftertaste. There were some tannins that dried out your mouth but in a very pleasant way. It made my tongue feel soft. Very nice color. I’d call it garnet. Middle Sissy called it “red”. This went great with the meal. Seems to retail online for between $12 and $14. At that price, this is a solid selection and I suggest you give it a try!

Wine Dossier
Tom Gore Vineyards is run by a winemaker named, you guessed it, Tom Gore. He’s based in Alexander Valley, California. Alexander Valley is actually an AVA, or an American Viticultural Area. These areas are grape growing regions, as defined by the TTB,[11] the purpose of which is to enable to consuming public to be better informed about the wines they purchase. In order to gain TTB approval, an AVA must have distinguishing features” and a defined boundary.[12]

This bottle was aged 16 months in French and American oak barrels. According to the winemaker’s tasting notes, the wine is “fruit forward with a supple IMG_5721mouthfeel.” Think I did pretty good!


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Price Chopper.
[2] Healthy, delicious and already cooked!
[3] Actually, I had three closings today. #tired
[4] Approximately 45 minutes away from home. That’s far.
[5] a/k/a Whole Foods.
[6] Made some lovely purchases.
[7] Bowl, not a cup.
[8] I ate it all.
[9] Note, I don’t think I’m going to do this on a regular basis as it was slightly awkward.
[10] I didn’t just serve rotisserie chicken for dinner!
[11] See how the law intersects with wine. #lawyers.
[12] Other countries have these defined areas as well. Remember the DOCG in Italy? In France its the Appellation d’origine contrôlée.

Wine Rules and Salmon

Some people think that the world of wine is encapsulated in a series of complicated, intimidating and steadfast rules.[1] This is simply not the case. I’m a firm believer that wine is whatever you want it to be. Nobody can tell you what to drink or when. Having an enjoyable experience is all that matters.[2]

As I drove home from the Law School[3], I decided on salmon for dinner. It’s traditionally thought that seafood pairs well with white wines, not red[4]. Since it FullSizeRender7was cold, damp and rainy today[5], I had no desire for a crisp refreshing white, but rather wished to immerse my Monday-bruised soul in a gloriously deep red. I decided to use the Google to find out what kind of red wine pairs with salmon. The first hit said Syrah; turns out that’s what I was planning on anyway since I knew I had a bottle hanging out at home. Perfect.

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               April 20, 2015
Wine:              2013 Andrew Murray Vineyards Syrah Review
I was itching to try this so I didn’t wait for Husband to come home.[6] It had a powerful pungent nose with hints of oak and something earthy.[7] The color was a beautiful, deep garnet that swirled to reveal some nice legs.[8] The first sip hit me and I instantly said “Wow”. This was full-bodied and full of flavor. I sensed some tannins drying out my tongue after I swallowed, but it’s wasn’t overly dry such that it was unenjoyable. The wine had spicy notes of licorice and cherry. Perfect for our Monday night rejuvenation.[9] Paired very well with the Tuscan bread and mozzarella appetizer and really exploded with the salmon and veggies[10]. The spiciness came to life and the deep fruity flavors were enhanced. Cheers to Monday!

Wine Dossier
Andrew Murray Vineyards is a producer in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. They have several vineyards in the area and IMG_5676concentrate mostly on what they call “Rhone varieties”, mainly Syrah and Viognier[11]. This was their 2013 Tous les Jours[12] Syrah,[13] which, according to Wine Enthusiast is “[p]erhaps one of the best wines for the money available right now.” Retails for around $15.99, so regardless of how much you have left in law school loans, go get a bottle and let me know what you think.


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Rules are clearly meant to be broken; otherwise, the fine profession of lawyering would be in serious danger of extinction.
[2] For example, I have an Aunt who only drinks red wine with ice. She enjoys it, so who am I (or you) to judge?
[3] If you read my About Me page, you would know I’m an adjunct professor at the local law school teaching future haters lawyers how to file trademarks.
[4] Sounds like one of those rules that are meant to be broken.
[5] One of those famous “April showers” that will allegedly bring all the “May flowers”. To be honest, I love these kinds of days.
[6] I was also very thirsty.
[7] Husband says he gets damp soil and manure.
[8] I would not recommend using the hashtag #nicelegs on Instagram. Most of them are not talking about wine. Yikes.
[9] Mondays require rejuvenation, don’t you agree?
[10] Quick shout out to Price Chopper for the Chilean salmon and fresh veggie dinner. Choose your fish, veggies and spice mix; take home and steam. 25 minutes and you’re good to go. Wow.
[11] My spellcheck did not recognize Viognier. Odd.
[12] Tous les Jours translates to “Everyday”.
[13] Remember, Syrah and shiraz are actually the same grape. #spicy