Friday, January 04, 2013

Friday Find, January 4th

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 at or 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.

The world we live in changing and no one seems to be really all too concerned but me, or me and a few other people on I'm talking about French Burnt Peanuts. The delicious snack that is apparently French in origin. They're disappearing  or rather, they've already disappeared. You cannot find them anywhere in this town. This is Seattle for god's sake. You can find 100 different kinds of sake, or soy sauce or curry. You can find exotic lotions, potions and commotions. You ain't gonna find no French Burnt Peanuts. 

How does a beloved snack like that just dry up? They're peanuts, with some sort of French coating. Peanuts, last I looked are doing just fine. They're still showing up in Cracker Jacks, Fiddle Faddle and those tiny little airplane bags. Peanuts are not the problem. Here's a whole study about the health of the American peanut industry, or at least the Georgia peanut industry, so you can extrapolate that American peanut people are also doing dandy. 

Perhaps it's the French? Perhaps they've decided to stop burning their peanuts? Is this some sort of fallout from that whole "Freedom Fry" movement? Like a revenge deal? I mean, the real mystery here, or at least the other mystery, because frankly the real mystery to me is where did they go, but what are they even? That's the other mystery. Well, here's the thing. Nobody knows. Only perhaps the French, and that's why we can't recreate any Freedom Burnt Peanuts on our own.

What you will find is a link like this, with other lost souls looking and longing.  Folks from Corpus Christi, Texas to Melbourne, Florida to Zip Code 97321, which it turns out is nearby Albany, Oregon. I see that I can buy them online but why aren't the on the shelves of American stores? Why? What is behind this French Burnt Blight? Join me in asking these tough questions, call your congressman or congresswoman. Let's get to the bottom of this.

In an effort to lift my spirits and drown my sorrows I offer today's Friday Find. From the Columbia River Gorge, on the Washington side. Domaine Pouillon makes a handful of different wines, and all of them are very good, the Gewurtraminer is amazing. The Black Dot is a "kitchen sink" blend that really kind of throws the rule book out the window. A blend of mostly Grenache, Zinfandel and Syrah, as well as some Cabernet, weird right? This particular wine is a non-vintage blend, but I hear that the 2010 wine is also out there as we speak. Domaine Pouillon uses the Black Dot as a fun blend, approachable certainly as a wine but in the $18-20 price range as well. The wine like all of the Pouillon stuff I've had has a real authenticity to it, aromatics of fennel, herbs and black cherry and a freshness to the palate that carries with it black fruits, savory spice and earth. Winemaker Alexis Pouillon has a very French sounding name, maybe he knows what happened to all those French Burnt Peanuts.


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