Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Find, February 24

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.  

When The Clash called it quits back in 1986 there was so much bickering and bitterness between front-man Joe Strummer and lead guitarist Mick Jones that "The Only Band That Mattered" split to pieces.  After over a decade of existence and the recording of arguably the greatest record of all time in London Calling they went their separate ways.  The Clash was the seminal punk rock band when it came to intellectual punk rock that took on racism, violence, government and war, if you wanted stupidity and belligerence there was always the Sex Pistols.  While we can mourn the loss of the band, and more recently the passing on of "St. Joe Strummer" the music that these two men gave us after their split gives you real insight into where the genius of the The Clash came from.  Joe Strummer went on to form Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros and Mick Jones actually turned down a reunion for his new band Big Audio Dynamite.  I present to you an example of each and will allow you to determine your own allegiances here in this week's Friday Find. (Move over Team Edward and Team Jacob.) Mick Jones was a dentist's dream.

The For A Song wines are Washington sourced and bottled by the distribution company Vinum.  The current releases include Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Syrah (I may have missed a couple).  Vinum is sourcing fruit from all over Washington's mothership AVA, the Columbia Valley and working with one of Washington's top talents in wine-making to produce these wines.  I'm not allowed to tell who the winemaker is but you better believe it's a baller who's crafting these bargain bin bomb droppers.  For $17 retail and $14 on sale when I got it the 09 For A Song Syrah is a quintessential Washington Syrah, aromatics of dark fruit and an earthy funk that give way to a brilliant dark fruit flavor profile accentuated by a bit of dust and spice.  This Syrah cost $17? You'll ask yourself.  You won't believe yourself when you answer yourself that it in fact did.  Of the bargain Syrahs that I've had in the last year it's clearly one of the top dawgs.  The wines are available at many places where Vinum has a presence, typically smaller grocery operations with impressive wine sections or specialty wine retailers.  If you don't see it where you shop ask your wine steward.  Its the perfect wine to sip on as you mourn and contemplate the loss of the world's greatest band of all time, ever.


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