8 Buyers, 1 Store, 8000 Wines

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

On 6:46 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
Last night was the last parks concert of the year, and it was held, as always, on the Great Lawn in Central Park. I met my wife and a couple of friends just after 7PM. The concert was scheduled to start at eight.

For those of you who don’t know, the great lawn is about 500 yards long (six city blocks) and about an 250 yards (an avenue block) wide – roughly the size of 25 football fields.

And we couldn’t find room to sit.

We didn’t really look that hard; we didn’t really go onto the lawn and search for a spot. We just plopped ourselves down on a grassy area next to the lawn. We could barely hear the music, and could only recognize the different pieces when they crescendoed.

The picnic was a success, at least. Our friends brought Cuban sandwiches and fried plantains, and I brought the wine. We started with the Domaine de Beasejour Chinon Rose. It has some fresh strawberry and raspberry on the front, and finishes dry and minerally.

We followed that with the Puig Parahy “Georges” from the Cotes du Roussillon, wedged between the Mediterranean Sea and the base of the Pyrenees Mountains. We had Georges Puig in the store pouring his wine just a few months ago. He’s a very fine, young winemaker, and it shows in this inexpensive wine. This is a medium to full bodied red made from Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre. Some of the vines go back over 130 years, and the wines won Gold Medals in 1893 and 1896. It has sweet black fruit up front, a very rich chocolate/caramel middle, and a long dry finish without any distracting tannin. It's a wine I really like.

Paul
7/16/2008

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