What I learned on my summer vacation

I’m just back from a week in the woods of the Adirondacks. It was a fun time with my siblings and families though at times the theme of seven days with seven kids under seven seemed like something dreamed up as the next reality TV show. But nobody got thrown off the proverbial island. Here are some things I learned on my summer vacation:

* If a tree falls in the woods and you’re there, it does make a noise.
* The 2007 Von Volxem Saar Riesling disappears in a scant few minutes when uncorked with a group! And deservedly so with a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity. (find this wine)
* A lambrusco from an artisanal, however, remains unfinished. Fun, purple, fizzy wine but a tannic monster!
* The Domaine Guion 2005 cuvee prestige from Bourgeuil in the Loire is a red that everyone can enjoy. (find this wine)
* The Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2006 that I have enjoyed previously was also a big hit! (find this wine)
* I found a new favorite wine for my sister who claims not to like wine! More on that later.
* Lots of kids fishing from the same spot can lead to tangled lines.
* Junipero gin from San Francisco (find this gin) is superb on the rocks, not so good with Schweppes Tonic water (because of the Schweppes) but quite good with Pom juice and a dash of simple syrup on the rocks though the alluring aromas are compromised.
* Use the iPhone camera only if you leave the other camera in the car.

And one final observation: in the small town where we were staying, deep in the woods where it took three people to determine the location of tofu in the supermarket, there’s a new wine bar opening! Unfortunately it wasn’t open yet but I take it as yet another indication of how far enthusiasm for wine is going in America. We’ll see if it’s still open next summer!

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5 Responses to “What I learned on my summer vacation”

  1. Lapierre Morgon 2006- excellent right out of the bottle. Much more classic than the richer 2005’s and still reasonably priced. If all beaujolais was like this.

  2. What a coincedence! I vacation near north creek (in Indian Lake) every year at an old logger’s camp turned family vacation spot. I saw that sign in the window in north creek for BarVino Cellar and almost bugged out. I guess they expect the GORE crowd will be into it? Either way it better be open next summer so I can try it!

  3. […] wine geeks are wont to do, we brought a case plus a few bottles on our Adirondack adventure. The wines were from different producers and I bought them from different retailers. We had enjoyed […]

  4. Dr. Vino –
    It is great that the Adirondacks are getting more wine exposure. We opened the Adirondack Winery & Tasting Room right on Canada Street in Lake George on April 17, 2008. We were very popular – I would say at least 50% of our customers were made up of people who rarely drank wine and had never enjoyed a wine tasting session. We were happy to convert a number of beer-drinking husbands as well. We heard over and over from customers that they were so glad to see a new, classy and modern business in Lake George.
    Dr. Vino, I hope you make it in to check us out and try our wines. I’ll have to check out this place coming soon in North Creek!

  5. BarVino has been open now since the Fall 2008. It is fantastic…definitely worth a trip to the beautiful ADKs! I am lucky enough to live and work up here! It is great to have a little slice of cosmopolitan in the heart of this beautiful area.


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