Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Find May 24th

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.

There are double standards everywhere. Everywhere. I certainly know that. I think what I find most interesting are those applied to bicyclist versus motorists. I will admit from the outset as an avid cyclist and bicycle commuter I probably am a bit more sensitive to it.  Yesterday a bridge collapsed on I-5, everyone heard about this so I'm not breaking the news here by any stretch.  

The funny thing is, and I'm only talking about it here because everyone turned out okay, no one in any of the comments thread talked about how the drivers more or less were asking for it for driving their cars on the highway. Driving is dangerous, highways are dangerous, and bridges are dangerous, right? Sadly, whenever there is a casualty that involves a cyclist, whether it's an accident, or even a death, the sanctimony comes out about how inherently dangerous cyclists and cycling are, how they don't obey the laws and how more or less, they were asking for it. In many cases the cyclists are simply following the laws, and the motorists may be at fault. However, that doesn't seem to matter.

This makes me upset. Recently there was a tragic incident where a cyclist was killed near Harbor Island. It's a stretch of road I have ridden countless times. I'm not sure exactly what happened that led to his death, and frankly I don't think that matters much. The man is gone, his death left behind friends and family who will hurt and miss him for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, rather than simply observe it as a tragedy people take the opportunity to mock him, insult him and in some cases even seem to celebrate his death. This is disturbing.

The people who fell into the river were just driving home from work yesterday, just like the cyclist, Lance David who was killed SoDo was on his way to work. We're all just doing our best to live productive, happy lives. Why can't we all respect that? Even if some of us like to do that on a bicycle while most of us would rather not?

Today's Friday Find is a rosé from Gilbert Cellars, made from Mourvedre and a beautiful salmon color. This ain't no electric pink wine. The wine has a bit rounder mouthfeel than rosés of recent years given the ripeness of the fruit in 2012 and the use of barrel fermentation, but it' still got good acid to balance the wine and make it a natural with food. Flavors of melon, strawberry and early season apricot will hopefully get your grilling needs met as we kick off the long weekend. Spend time with your friends and family and enjoy some great wine and food. Life's too short not too. This wine is typically in the $16 ballpark and is widely available at both grocers and wine shops.


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