GFW: La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001   6 comments

Why do you the devil?

As we close in on election day here in the U.S. I believe that the one thing we could use more of in our society is tolerance.  But I find myself in a quandary since I cannot tolerate the intolerant.  I don’t begrudge others the right to express their intolerance.  I just don’t want to see it, hear it, feel it.  So this posting is a bit like therapy for me– address this acerbating thing head on.

It seems inevitable that we should look to pigeonhole each other to see if you are like me and therefore, likeable to me.  Republican,  Pro-Choicer, Democrat, Hetero, Whig, Libertine, Tory, Federalist,  Homo, Right-to-Lifer, Prude, Socialist, Religious Fundamentalist, Arrogant Bastard, Intellectual Snob.  I like some of these values– others, not so much.  But I don’t exclude you because you are fowl and not fish.  And I certainly won’t condemn you to hell for your choices/preferences.

How did I get onto this?  I came across this pic a month or two a ago.  At that time, I found it merely amusing and that was that.  Then it popped up in my archives and well, here you go—  

By my count, and ignoring those crazy apostrophes, at one time or another I have either belonged to, or been accused of being a member of, 21 of the 38 categories listed above.  By the way, does anybody out there know what “BAHI’S”, “EMO’S” OR “P.K’S” are?  Make that 21 of 35 somewhat comprehensible categories.  Can anyone top that number?  Is my number anything to be proud of?  I guess my ticket is punched for that one way trip to Hell. 

When I started with NGW (No Guilt Wednesday) a year and a half ago the idea was to show that one did not have to spend like the



(that I might be) to drink good juice.  Along the way, we found some fantastic values and a few duds.   But on the whole, I think we have shown that there is some good juice out there that is available at decent prices.  But now it is time for a change in approach. 

NGW is being relaunched as GFW (Guilt Free Wine).  My little guy and I are going to expand our horizons a bit and you will see some more expensive wines showing up here.  We may spend a few more dollars on these wines, but there’s no reason to feel guilty about that, is there?

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001 ($34).  When I came across this in the wine shop, I immediately grabbed it.  The Reserva Especial on the label is a departure from the typical Spanish classifications of (in ascending order) Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.  The amount of barrel and bottle aging for each of these categories is strictly regulated by Spanish law.  The Reserva Especial designation is one that the producer reserves for its best vintages (this is the third time that the designation has been used).  The professional reviewers love this wine.  Me?  Not so much.  In the final analysis it does have a fair amount of complexity but the omnipresent American oak and a little too much acidity held me back from being as effusive as those other guys.  I may not agree with them in this instance but that’s what makes the world go round… Rated **1/2

Posted October 21, 2012 by Sybarite Sauvage in Food-Wine-Love

6 responses to “GFW: La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001

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  1. Come Due Maiali is a sophisticated, highfalutin swine alright (we just got back from NYC where we spent I can’t tell you how much on the highest grade of sake at 5 different places). It was amazing…
    Unlike wine, the market for sake is much more rational, and most of the time, you do get what you pay for. Cheers!

  2. Yes…I lost count.

  3. Ha! It is on the Other List.

  4. Good post (we may qualify for a few of those labels as well). Emo, is just a young “goth”. You can’t use the same adjective across generations, it seems…

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