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Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by wnissen » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:12 pm

I've flirted with the idea of drinking the same wine for an extended period of time (an idea I got from this board, I believe), but the other day I saw a "late summer sampler" from Kermit Lynch that caught my fancy. I think I'm going to try drinking through that case before I drink anything else. It's a little red-heavy for the food we typically have, but it should be fun.

Anyone else tried this?
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Shaji M » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:20 pm

I havent tried this, but if I have to drink only from one importer, it might have to be Kermit Lynch. I have found almost all his wines to be non overly-extracted and quite food friendly.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Rahsaan » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:29 pm

I haven't explicitly tried, but since I usually only drink on the weekends and try to cluster the types of wines to be similar, it wouldn't be that hard for me. Plus, much of what I drink is either LDM or KLWM anyway. Could probably do it pretty easily with Theise as well.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by wnissen » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:59 pm

Shaji, I'm with you. Though I love Dressner (may he rest in peace) and Theise, I don't think there's quite as much variety as Kermit. I've yet to have a Dressner Lambrusco, for instance, though that may be a function of distribution.

Rahsaan, I tend to drink throughout the week, so if I'm disciplined I will get through three bottles a week, assuming no restaurant or non-wine consumption. So that will be just about one month of Kermit. Four whites, two roses, five reds, and a Lambrusco. Can't wait for the case to get here tomorrow.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Rahsaan » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:55 pm

wnissen wrote:Shaji, I'm with you. Though I love Dressner (may he rest in peace) and Theise, I don't think there's quite as much variety as Kermit. I've yet to have a Dressner Lambrusco, for instance, though that may be a function of distribution.


Dressner and Kermit Lynch had a lot of the same French producers, or at least similar sensibility with more weight on the Loire for LDM, but LDM has always had a more extensive Italian selection, plus now German wines.

That said, variety is not what I look for in wine. I like to drink a month of the same type of wine, i.e. 4 weekends/8 wines of 2011 Loire chenin blanc, or 2009 Morgon, or whatever.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Lou Kessler » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:52 pm

Rahsaan wrote:
wnissen wrote:Shaji, I'm with you. Though I love Dressner (may he rest in peace) and Theise, I don't think there's quite as much variety as Kermit. I've yet to have a Dressner Lambrusco, for instance, though that may be a function of distribution.


Dressner and Kermit Lynch had a lot of the same French producers, or at least similar sensibility with more weight on the Loire for LDM, but LDM has always had a more extensive Italian selection, plus now German wines.

That said, variety is not what I look for in wine. I like to drink a month of the same type of wine, i.e. 4 weekends/8 wines of 2011 Loire chenin blanc, or 2009 Morgon, or whatever.

That's interesting but it wouldn't work for me seeing as how my wife makes the decision to what we will have for dinner and it's up to me to choose what wine we will drink that's right for the food. Some dishes really only go with beer and that's probably where I choose the same brew for a long period of time. Right now an ale from Mendocino Brewing that I read about in Eric Asimov's column in the NY Times.
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by David M. Bueker » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:18 pm

While it would not be totally ideal, I could do it with Theise no problem.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Thomas G » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:54 pm

LDM, Rosenthal, lynch, thiese, and lille would work. But the only importer I've probably drank their wines exclusively for a month would be Fleet Street (via Moore Bros).
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Jenise » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:05 pm

Shaji M wrote:I havent tried this, but if I have to drink only from one importer, it might have to be Kermit Lynch. I have found almost all his wines to be non overly-extracted and quite food friendly.
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Exactly. Or Dressner.

But to Walt: it was Bob Ross who once drank one wine alone, and it might have been Guigal Cotes du Rhone--I recall that it was both French and modest--for an extended period of time. In a similar vein, years later, we decided to test the same notion but gave ourselves more latitude by confining our choice to one grape rather than just one particular wine, pinot noir. We went ahead and ate Mexican food and whatever else we normally would eat, often foods considered too bold or spicy for a feminine grape like pinot. It was a very interesting and informative experience that changed us a little forever--we learned that most of the style of wine we like is going to go with most of the style of food we like, and the intense focus in spite of the foods serve made us especially sensitive to every possible nuance pinot noir offers. Too, perhaps the thing that surprised us most is that when the month was over, we weren't dying to get away from it.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by David M. Bueker » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:40 pm

Bob Ross' experiment was indeed Guigal Cotes du Rhone.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Rahsaan » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:54 pm

And Dressner's bit about drinking a bottle of Marquis Phillips Shiraz every day for 2 months: http://www.datamantic.com/joedressner/?1221
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by David M. Bueker » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:05 pm

Unfortunately the farcical details of Dressner's activity were consigned to the dustbin of history when the enemy vessel was destroyed.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by wnissen » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:58 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Unfortunately the farcical details of Dressner's activity were consigned to the dustbin of history when the enemy vessel was destroyed.

Well, nearly all of it has. But if you're skilled at using the Wayback Machine...
A predecessor post (missing the second page):
http://web.archive.org/web/200403251941 ... ave+issues
The kickoff of the 60 days of Marquis Phillips:
http://web.archive.org/web/200705172314 ... az+2002&M=
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any of the follow-on posts. However, there is some classic Joe:
http://web.archive.org/web/200406190155 ... ave+issues

http://web.archive.org/web/200312080854 ... ave+issues

And an oddly prescient thread on extruded synthetic corks:
http://web.archive.org/web/200705172314 ... c+Corks&M=

This is all severely off-topic, and I apologize for spamming my own thread with lots of content about neither, really, importers or wine.
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by David M. Bueker » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:22 am

I would work that hard to read Joe's ravings why? :twisted:
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:43 am

I enjoyed that first link. Where is the to and fro on this forum?!
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Re: Drinking from only one importer for a month?

by Mark Lipton » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:56 am

David M. Bueker wrote:I would work that hard to read Joe's ravings why? :twisted:


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