What Am I Making and What Am I Drinking?

Horse with Legwarmers

This week I drew this picture of a horse with legwarmers.  It came to me as I was waking up, and I’m proud I got it down, because most of my inspirations just perish unrealized.

I rarely produce art anymore, which is a pity, since I went to art school.  I find this drawing furtive and hesitant, which I attribute to being out of practice.  I have a big fear that I will end up like the competing architect in The Fountainhead, who really wanted to be an artist.  He tried, after years of letting his dreams slide, to produce a watercolor of a landscape, and Roarke, the mean architect, tells him it’s too late for him–it’s a terrible painting. This scene always haunted me.

But it feels good to have listened to my muse and actualized an image from my brain.  Now if I can only keep up the habit.

This week I am drinking a Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, 2015. While I don’t exactly pounce on this lower-shelf grocery store brand when I see it, I have never been disappointed by it.  It’s one of the few wineries I turn to again and again, because it’s reliable.

The wine tastes like sugared bananas, Grape Bubbilicious, and sliced golden apples, all without being cloying.  It has legs when swirled in the glass, and on the nose is fresh mown grass and dried flowers.  All that for $10. Not bad. It makes you see why this varietal is a darling of wine critics.  It rarely disappoints.

Rieslings are highly acidic, but always smooth.  Unlike that of sauvignon blanc (which can be sharp and farmy), the acid in riesling is crystalline, like dappled sunlight on a cold lake.

The home of riesling is Germany, where it hangs down terraced slopes that overlook the winding Mosel River.  The crisp air leads to that clean, crisp acid.

This riesling comes from the Columbia Valley in Washington.  It’s hard to point to one type of terroir in this large AVA.  However, it can be assumed that wherever these grapes were grown was cool enough for riesling, because the wine is in no way flabby.  In fact, riesling is one of the major grapes of Washington–it does well there, and is worth a try if you’ve never experienced it.

What are you doing this week, and what are you drinking?


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