I’ve been home for the past week recovering from a little surgery. My doctor is so cool, that she gave me the “O.K.” to drink wine post-op (as in taste — not go nuts!).
After sitting in the house for a week with little else to do but catch up on Season 4 of Weeds* (before the new Season premiers on Monday, June 8th!) I decided to venture out to our favorite little Clear Lake “Bay Area” wine haunt, Chelsea Wine Bar.
Thursdays are “Brats on the Barbie” night. But there was a new crew behind the counter, and it was early, so the place was a bit quiet. Juan is off on vacation in Spain, Mayra was off, and Matthew, it seems, only works Sundays now. Madeleine has gone to start her own little wine venture, and the menu has been paired down a bit. To go with the brats, slathered with onions, sauerkraut and spicy mustard, we chose a glass of 2006 Aya Syrah from Argentina. About 5 sips into my glass I spied a familiar bottle across the room that I hadn’t seen on the menu! “Look,” I said to Joe, “they have Twisted Oak!”
One of the reasons I was so excited was that back in December, when Madeleine was consulting at Chelsea we had told her about Twisted Oak wines, and given her the name of the distributor for our area so she could get some for the Bar. So we were glad to see that Madeleine had ordered some Twisted Oak before she left for parts unknown.
This Silver Medal winner in the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is a red Rhône-style blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache. One of the reasons we love Twisted Oak is their clever tasting notes on the back of every bottle. And these don’t disappoint:
The meaty and leathery characters and hints of Provençal herbs and spices might have you thinking this Rhône-style blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache just fell out of a “California Cheese” commercial. Well, the name is the only cheesy thing about it! Those bright fruit flavors of boysenberry and raspberry sure ain’t no bull! (Note: No animals were harmed in the writing of these tasting notes.)
We like it because it’s one of those fabulous Rhône-style blends that hasn’t been completely over-Parkerized. Yes, there’s fruit and plenty of it — but it’s less of a Sweet Cloying Diva and more of a Subtle Spicy Minx with a leather whip. And what could be better for a wine that rhymes and pairs with Duck. Works well with barbecue pork and spicy Asian foods as well. And I like it alone in my glass as well!
Chelsea is selling it by the glass or by the bottle. We bought a bottle. We love it so much, I just ordered a case. And we’ll probably head back to Chelsea next week to introduce it to a few friends. If you live in the Clear Lake Area you might want to head over to Chelsea Wine Bar before it’s all gone. Chelsea is located in El Lago, Texas at 4106 Nasa Pkwy, Suite F, on the lake. It’s behind just Valdo’s on NASA Road 1, between NASA and Kemah. For those of you who also enjoy a tasty beer, it’s right beside Boondoggles!
If you don’t live in Clear Lake or just want to order some yourself, check out Twisted Oak’s website, so you too can give a friend a *%#&@!
P.S. If you’d like to see what I’ve been watching for the past week check out this Weeds video: