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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tuesday Briefs: Catching up to September

Tuesday BriefsGosh, it’s September already? How time flies! I guess I’ve been fascinated and distracted by how humans go about choosing a new pack leader. But now that Labor Day has come and gone, it’s time to put the old muzzle back on the grindstone and get back to work!

Wine, and lots of it: I’ve been into a beer phase lately, and have particularly been enjoying Belgian-style ales such as Chouffe, Allagash and Brugge Brasserie’s Tripel de Ripple, which should now be making its way into retail locations. Yesterday’s portfolio tasting of the Carroll Company’s wines caught me up on wine, though (I attended indognito, of course).

There were 37 tables of wines to sample, and there’s no way I’m going to file a comprehensive report. But for my nose-driven palate, the standouts included the Wild Hog Pinot Noir 2006, everything from Morgan and Domaine Serene, the Chateau Potelle VGS Chardonnay 2006, the Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 and the Old Boys Tawny Port and the Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2005 from DeBortoli. (I also had a snort of DeBortoli’s 1982-vintage Sauternes lookalike, and it was divine.) Best in show was the small but mighty selection at the Rubissow Wines table, which consisted of their Mt. Veeder Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Trompettes red blend and Rubissow-Sargeant Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, all 2004s.

Open house update: Among all the people I bumped into at the Carroll tasting was the entire crew of Cork & Cracker. I learned that the grand opening of their new store at 106th and Michigan Road is to be in just a couple of weeks, on September 27. Sounds like a good opportunity to try some cheese....

Bacchus the Rascal: Also coming up this month is a presentation on wine, mythology and art by Jan Shrem, the proprietor of Clos Pegase winery. Hosted by The Brick Street Inn in Zionsville and sponsored by Grapevine Cottage, Shrem’s multimedia presentation will be followed by a portfolio tasting of Clos Pegase wines, which can be ordered at the event and picked up later. Bacchus the Rascal, A Bacchanalian History of Wine Seen Through 4,000 Years of Art will be presented at about 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 18. The cost is $29 per person; reservations may be made by calling Grapevine Cottage at (317) 733-1010.

Dalai Lama’s brother dies: Thubten Norbu, the eldest brother of the current Dalai Lama, has died at the age of 86 (87 by Tibetian reckoning). A professor emeritus at Indiana University, Norbu was the husband of Bloomington restaurateur Kunyang Norbu, who owns and operates Café Django, and father of Jingme Norbu, who owns the Snow Lion restaurant, also in Bloomington.
J. Silverheels Gray, 9:10 AM

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