Jeff’s Corner 3-16-17

It’s almost time! The most anticipated slugfest in wine history since the legendary “Judgement of Paris” in 1976 is upon us. Back then, upstart Napa Valley Cabs and Chards kicked the crap out of centuries’ long dominance by the most elite French Bordeaux and Burgundy wines.

As mentioned in Jeff’s Corner 2-9-17, this is the 2nd annual “Great Rose-Off”. It is the main event at our annual Wine Club Tank Tasting Party this Saturday, and against all odds there is sure to be some wagering involved. Come see me.

In one corner, weighing in at 11.6% ABV, is the 2015 Rose of Sangiovese trained by me, Señor Sangiovese. Hailing from the Lost Draw Vineyard near Lubbock, it is a well-oiled machine basking in its prime. Poised and polished, it hits hard with finesse and balance.

In the opposite corner, weighing in at 11.9% ABV, is the 2016 Rose of Malbec trained by my wife, Ms. Malbec. From the Sprayberry Vineyard by Midland, this is a young and dangerous wine, an erratic puncher that is unpredictable and strikes our palate from all angles.

This welterweight classic takes place in the center ring Saturday, and you, our lucky guests, get to choose the winner. Each of you will be given a numbered cork with which to cast a ballot for your favorite. However, be advised, I have near perfect counterfeit corks I will trade for extra tastes.

Remember, “All is fair in love and wine”. Beware the right cross and long finish, Mr. Malbec; it will land you on your butt.