Wow. Has it really been a month since I posted a note here? Yikes! I haven't been drinking a whole lot of wine lately and the wines I've had have been rather pedestrian wines that I've already blogged about one numerous occasions. The lone exception was the delicious (but not anywhere near ready yet) 2009 Dunning Vineyards Meritage, Paso Robles. But since I was playing cards with the wife and kids while drinking it, I didn't bother to take any notes.
What have I been doing besides drinking wine? I've been quite busy putting the finishing touches on the distributorship. We've been given our liquor license by the State of Kansas and we're just waiting on final approval from the BATFE now. We have the warehouse all set up with second hand office furniture and we're wired with our phone and internet connections. As soon as we get that letter from the feds, we can start ordering wine and filling up that warehouse! I also found out that the girlfriend of one of my wife's elementary school friends owns a wine import company based out of Chicago that specializes in Spanish wines. I'm eagerly awaiting to see her portfolio and maybe acquire some samples.
And we've been busy around the farm as well. I've spent a few peaceful, yet unsuccessful days in the blind hunting turkey in the back yard. I'm hoping to serve wild turkey for Thanksgiving this year. I'm also feeding the deer and checking the trail cam getting ready for deer season in December. There's a really nice 10-point buck running around in the woods that I haven't seen until recently. Today we spent the morning in the garden pulling out roots and covering the raised beds with our all-natural mulch of chicken poop, pine shavings and vegetable scraps. No pesticides or fertilizers are used in our garden!
That being said, the wine played rather nicely with tonight's dinner. The fantastically-marbled tri-tip was grilled to perfection and served with arugula oil. The earthy, peppery, green tobacco notes of the wine went really well with the earthy, peppery arugula. I would say the old rule of thumb about European wines being "food wines" definitely applies here as the wine is borderline undrinkable on its own.