Sunday, October 19, 2014

Music Monday: White Zombie - Electric Head pt. 2 (the Ecstasy)

Not a fan of censorship, but this is the official cut of the video. Loves me some old school Zombie, regardless. Check out the official YouTube page for more epic auditory experience.

I've recently discovered that I enjoy a good red wine. Also, I've found that I'm one of the few people that don't get an EPIC hangover from wine. I actually get less of a hangover from killing a bottle of wine than I do from a sixer of beer. Now, I understand that "good" is a relative term when it comes to most anything, especially wine. I define "good" in this case by reasonable price, smooth taste, and how nice of a buzz I'm left with after the bottle is dead. Two wines have made their way onto my playlist, and both are pleasant to drink, don't break the bank, and leave me with a nice, relaxed, mellow buzz.

The first is the Red Diamond Malbec. According to winefolly.com, Malbec is "Known for its plump dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, Malbec wine offers a great alternative to higher priced Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah." In my opinion, it's not too sweet and not too tart...but rather, just enough of each to be a pleasant drinking experience. At between $8-12 it won't break the bank, and after one bottle I'm usually enjoying a nice mellow buzz. I really enjoy this after a nice, juicy steak.

I discovered the next wine through random selection. It was a late night, the grocery was closed, and all that was available was the gas station. Gas station wine should immediately set off alarm bells, but this one happened to be a hit that landed in the cheap seats. The Ménage à Trois red was basically a random grab for me. They had the most reasonable label (not overly redneck, not overly fancy), and a decent price at around $12 for a 2012 vintage. Being more or less a wine noob, "California Red Blend" sounded like some Frankenstein crap that would taste like ass and leave me with an epic hangover. On the contrary, this is one of the most pleasant surprises I've taken away from a gas station (aside from cute checkout girls and awesome beef jerky). This red is even more subtle than the Red Diamond Malbec. Probably a great starting point for anyone wanting to lose their wine virginity. Smooth finish, nice taste, mellow buzz.

The big thing with wine is tannins. That's basically the stuff that makes it so dry and sour. To truly enjoy the experience, you have to let the tannins mellow. That may sound completely douchey, but it's true. Letting the tannins settle will remove a lot of the tart, dry sensation from drinking it. A good rule of thumb is, young wines (anything less than 8 years or so) need several hours to breathe...while older wines can do with just 30 minutes or so. Personally, I can't open a bottle and let it sit untouched for several hours. I typically refrigerate a bottle for 24 hours (or more), cork it and let it sit for a half hour or so. Something else that can help is decanting the wine (pouring it into your glass), swirling it around, then letting it sit for 10-20 minutes. You're basically letting all the tart sediment settle to the bottom so you don't get a massive pucker factor when you drink it. Also, sip it like you would a good scotch...don't pound it like beer. Drinking wine is about enjoying the whole experience, rather than just getting drunk.

One final note. A good friend of mine introduced me to the epic musical stylings of his brother, Jace, whose Kickstarter for a new album was recently funded by more than double. Give him a listen...the guy has some serious talent.

Be awesome to each other and enjoy the ride.

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