Highlights of art in various forms I've enjoyed in 2011
I must say that I read some good books this year, but one specifically comes to mind: Just Kids, By Patti Smith. If you want to experience humbleness, true appreciation for life and what it feels like to be a kid again - you must read this book.
An oldie - inspired by a documentary by Martin Scorsese called "Living in the Material World", on the life of Beatle George Harrison. Here comes the Sun....nuff said
I fell in love with Jackson Pollack again. My favorite is called: Untitled, 1944. It reminds of one person being stimulated by immediate forces of the world - all at once. Check it out at the Art Institute.
Casa Perini Marselan 2008, Serra Gaúcha, Brasil
Up until two years ago, I only preferred reds over whites, its been the other way around for a while. However, this red varietal Marselan, indigenous to Brasil - really blew me away. It was floral, earthy and jammy black berries all in one. An elegant wine that I believe will age nicely in the next few years.
Francois Lurton Torrontés 2010, Mendoza, Argentina
I am a huge fan of Torrontés, but this one hailed a different clone that carried notes of quince and white flowers. A pretty wine with great acid structure. Yum and yum.
Domaine Chiroulet "Terres Blanches" 2010, Cotes de Gascogne, France
Blend of Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc; stainless, lees stirring. That alone makes me salivate for this wine. A perfect harmony of stone fruits, limestone, apple skin and baby white flowers. Well balanced wine with a supple texture that made me want to sing. And trust me, that's saying something.
Domaine Francois Lamarche, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2008, Burgundy, France
I don't get to drink Burgundy, ever. I can't afford it and I don't try to pretend like I can. But when I have a chance to try a few at a tasting - I jump at it. Literally. This one was gorgeous. A feminine style with notes of clay, licorice, ripe black fruits, and purple flowers. A full bodied Pinot Noir which is usually not my thing, but let's just say that its juicy fruits and firm structure component caused me to change teams for the day.
Cold Heaven Cellars Viognier, Le Bon Climat Vineyard 2009, Buellton, California
I love Viognier for two reasons: it's sexy and it never goes out of style. Terrior driven, Condrieu esque, this representation had great acidity and meyer lemon pulp bursting predominantly on the finish that kept on going. Full of juicy yummy-ness and very food friendly. Wish I had a bottle right now.
Le Cantorie Franciacorta Brut 2007, Lombardia, Italy
You didn't think I'd leave out Italy - did you? What better wine to close out with than with Franciacorta. Franciacorta is Italy's answer to Champagne. It is made in the same method as Champagne where it goes through second fermentation in the bottle. The grape varietals usually consist of Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco. In this bottling, you'll find 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Nero. Candied pineapple, creamy caramel, baked phyllo dough, and chalk heaven enveloped into perfect effervescence. Once you try Franciacorta, you'll question your next purchase of Champagne.
I look forward to 2012 and the greatness of art that it will bestow on me. To all, Happy New Year and may your glass always be half full with great juice.