Blog One. Page One.

This is my blog. I’ve never written a blog before, but I figured I’d give it a try[1]. This is a wine blog. A wine blog for lawyers. A wine blog for lawyers written by a lawyer. Because lawyers drink wine. Lawyers need to drink wine. After the days we have being lawyers, wine is a necessity. A calming, rejuvenating, relaxing delicious necessity. If you haven’t guessed, I am a lawyer. I also drink wine. I am not a sommelier (I do, however read Wine Spectator from cover to cover and yes, I spelled sommelier right the first time). The purpose of this is for me to do what I love (drink wine) so I can tell you fine lawyers what I think about the wines that I drink, and provide a little wine knowledge along the way.

Today I took the critical first steps. You know, those essential things that anyone who wants to write a blog must do immediately upon having the idea to write a blog. I secured my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Gmail accounts and bought a 99 cent domain name. I stopped short of filing a trademark application (that actually costs money). Then I realized I had to write the blog.

Why am I writing this? Because I need to do something after my days of lawyering. Something that doesn’t just involve coming home and drinking wine. I need an outlet, a purpose, an escapade, an adventure, something. No kids yet, and no dog to walk. My two black cats and I are almost up to date with Walking Dead. I feel a need to fill a void, and marrying two things that take up a lot of my time (lawyering and drinking[2]) seemed like a great idea. So here we go.

My husband came up with the idea. I think it’s great. He said would you read this blog? I said, well, I don’t know, I don’t read any blogs. But it sounds fun. Here’s what we’re going to do. I’m not going to make any promises so then I don’t have to break them. But the goal is to find unique wines that I think I’d like to drink. I’m going to bring them home and drink them. I’m going to write about how they make me feel and then I’m going to suggest that you go try them and see what happens. For now, I’ll be buying the wine (and writing it off as a business expense) and giving you unbiased and honest opinions. Down the road, the goal is for me to start getting some free wine (yea boi!). At that point I will still give you unbiased and honest opinions because I have no problem telling it like it is. I’m a lawyer, remember?

This was the first blog, so maybe it’s a little long. I’ll try not to do that again. Let’s get to the fun part and drink some wine. Because I’m a lawyer, we’re gonna do this like lawyers do. Memo style.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] I am a compulsive editor. Sorry.
[2] Note that the author is not an alcoholic but merely has a passion for wine, specifically smooth, velvety, red wine.
To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:             Alleged Wine Guru
Date:               March 9, 2015
Wine:              2010 Chateau de Lavagnac Bordeaux

NOTE: The following reviews are solely the opinions, experiences and feelings of the author. Caveat emptor.

The wine was breathing for about an hour and fifteen minutes (not on purpose, but that’s what happened). I am not trained in smelling things. My untrained nose gets some notes of leathery berries[3]. I get a mouthful of something but it’s not overly flavorful. Almost harsh. It may need cheese.

The wine greatly improved with the meal (Rana butternut squash ravioli in a brown butter sauce with spinach, garlic and ham). The mouthful of wine was no longer harsh but rather sweeter and flowery. As we drank we realized that the typical Bordeaux flowery nose was missing on this wine. Husband’s words were “not complex”.  I would agree. Bordeaux’s can be categorized as a type of wine to be enjoyed with food, and this bottle certainly fit that mold.

IMG_4996All in all, I would buy this again. It’s very affordable at $14.99 (so if you’re in law school or recently graduated, you can afford to buy a decent Bordeaux and impress your friends). If you’re in a different income category (read: not still repaying your student loans) then perhaps skip this one and wait until I find a better Bordeaux for you to imbibe. I am still knee-deep in paying law school loans and will buy this wine again.

Wine Dossier
This is a 2010 Bordeaux. According to people who know about these things, this was a good year, though perhaps not as good as 2009. Bordeaux, or Claret, as it is known in England (thanks Downton Abbey) is any wine made in the Bordeaux region of France (similar to how Champagne works. We’ll get to that too, I promise). Bordeaux can actually be white or red. This is a red.[4] The bottle tells me only that it a “red Bordeaux wine” so we don’t know what the mixture of grapes is (it’s almost always a blend of different grapes since Bordeaux is not a type of grape). The Chateau has no website I can find (maybe this is the website, but now it’s a country club and the English translation only does the homepage??), but the bottle tells me “mis en bouteille au chateau” meaning it’s bottled at the chateau and not a blend of grapes from multiple growers.

Lawyer Footnotes
[3] Husband has a more discerning nose (he’s in beverage, I’m sure we’ll get to that later). I told him not to tell me what he thought before I decided what I had found. He said he found leather, cherries and tobacco. Also vegetables. Go figure.
[4] See, footnote 2, supra, I prefer reds.

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