When you read The Friday Fermentable posts I’ve written, you know that I am not a wine writer or connoisseur but rather a wine enthusiast. (The posts by my colleague Erleichda, however, are far more content-rich.)
My original post launching this feature details my wine philosophy, one that reflects my general philosophy about life: enjoy life, learn about everything you can, but don’t be a snooty, arrogant ass about it. Wine appreciation is meant, IMHO, to be inclusive, not exclusive.
Despite my not being a “professional” wine writer, I was delighted last week to receive a comment from Mr Mark Giordano, President of Robert Oatley Vineyards. You may recall that we wrote about Aussie Shiraz. I remarked on my disappointment about the decline in quality of the grad student-affordable Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz since the Oatley family sold the brand to a big conglomerate. In researching the post, I remarked on my excitement that Mr. Oatley at age 80 has launched a family-run winemaking enterprise that harkens back to the quality he originally intended. Mr Giordano states:
I quite liked your comments on Shiraz. The reason Bob Oatley, a spry 80 years young, has decided to start a new brand is because Aussie Shiraz can be quite elegant and balanced. You may be surprised to taste the new Robert Oatley wines as the comment I most commonly hear is “quite refreshing style from Australia”. We just launched a bit over two months ago in seven states as we want to be smart about putting one foot in front of the other. I noticed you mentioned RTP – I am a UNC-CH graduate and from NC originally (Winston-Salem). I presume you are in this area and if you are you will be pleased to note that we will be distributed in mid-2009 in the Tarheel State. Check us out on RobertOatley.com and if you want to try some of the wines – they are available on Wine.com. Thanks for the kind words about the Oatley’s – they are great people.
Robert Oatley Vineyards
There is clearly a buzz about Oatley wines. I tried to order some tonight from Wine.com (which I hate to use instead of using my local merchants) and I learned that the 2008 Pinot Grigio was already sold out.
So in the meantime, drop us a comment about what you are drinking tonight or over the weekend and why. There is a good selection of Oktoberfest lagers out there and I have started drifting into darker beers like Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, a staple of the winter Pharmboy cupboard. Depending where you are in the world, this may also be a good time for drinking vintage port.
Drop a line and drink well!