Updates July 6, 2013: Zweigelt love, SOMM opens, Oregon recap, more

Happy belated Fourth of July to everybody! Summer has finally arrived in Minnesota and what a beautiful week it has been. Twenty four hours a day I can smell grilled food being cooked in my neighborhood (and truth be told about 18 hours of that is produced in my own back yard). So what to drink with grilled fare? I wrote up a nice piece on the little known Zweigelt grape over at The Wine Company’s blog.

Yesterday at the office we watched the new documentary SOMM and had a blast — a supremely enjoyable movie especially for those in the wine business. The movie is available on iTunes but to get the most enjoyment from it head down to the Minneapolis Film Society (at St. Anthony Main) this Monday night. April Amys from Bourget Imports will be leading a nifty wine tasting ahead of the showing, including a blind tasting to challenge you skills. April is one of the better reps out there on the street, and always brings good karma to the wine world. Not to be missed.

Bill and Joe’s Excellent Adventure: Wine friends Bill and Joe just got back from “a 2 3/4-day whirlwind that launched with a bacchanalian night that left us “sluggish” (our agreed-upon characterization) the next morning” — check out the details on Bill Ward’s summary of his Oregon experience which is a MUST READ for anybody into Oregon wines … lots of good quick reviews, tidbits, quotes, and vintage info.

Mark your calendars: two neat events coming up. First on Sunday July 14th is the annual Barbette Bastille Day Party. Just like last year we are having a wine spitting contest/demo (“A Wine Soaked Spit-tacular”) between the earlier acts. The Suicide Commandos are playing so come watch local wine and guitar legend Chris Osgood rip it up. If you like to watch wine professionals make absolute jackasses out of themselves this is right up your (Parisian) alley. The second event of note is the first annual Baconfest being put on by my friends at the Blue Plate Restaurant Company. Saturday July 27th in the parking lot next to The Lowry. I’ll be pouring bacon-paired wines from The Wine Company, all seven Blue Plate restaurants will be serving bacon-themed dishes, and lots of beer will be available as well. Contact The Lowry for information (and check out the post on the Summit Brewing website on the event).


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