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Pilzner Urquell

I've got culture coming out of my ass.

Posted on 2008.12.24 at 21:00
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Arnold - Quantum of Solace

There are things I've held onto far too long. Things I should've let go of, but haven't been able. I've held on far too long before, to my own detriment, and the detriment of others. As the New Year encroaches, bringing with it a sense of renewal, so shall I renew myself, and let go of things which need letting go of. Its been great fun, but its time to say goodbye. I know that this will make us both stronger in the long run.

"Now, all these wines are very old. I bought them to make sure they were cared for properly."
"You got a lot of wine to drink."
"They're too valuable to drink."
"So you sell them?"
"Never, they mean too much to me."

I've collected a great deal of German eiswein (ice wine, or sometimes icewein outside of Germany) over the years, never drinking it, and not buying it for any reason other than to have it. I don't know if that makes any sense or not. I collect Cuban cigars as well that I don't smoke, for the same reason. I don't know why. Each of these things, however, require time to care for properly, and my plate is usually far too full to give them the attention they deserve. My teeth need work, the tags for my car are 8-months overdue, I have computers to build, my children's plays to attend, air conditioner filters to replace, dishes to do - the list is endless. And while my humidor takes far less work, I'm seriously going to have to start turning my bottles on a semi-regular basis unless...

I drink them!

Erma Bombeck once quipped, "I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage." when asked what she would do differently if she had it all to do over again.

And while I haven't made up my mind completely, time is running out. It'll just be a quiet affair, my wife being the only other attendee. One hell of a private party if you ask me. The Kurgan once said (quoting Def Leppard if memory serves) "Its better to burn out, than to fade away."

Your days are numbered.

Eiswein is wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine. With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards.


quicksilvermad at 2008-12-25 03:59 (UTC) (Link)
Holy crap, an Erma Bombeck quote?! I didn't think anyone else knew who she was.

Dude, I drink the wine and collect the bottles. There have been times when I've grabbed a bottle at the store just because I love the way the label was designed.

I'm a big fan of reisling (and wine in general)—so naturally I'm going to go out to Wegmens or Harris Teeter this weekend to find a nice bottle of eiswein. And it also gives me a different kind of German wine to work with on one of my portfolio pieces (wine labels). Are there any other German wines you would recommend?
ehowton at 2008-12-25 04:15 (UTC) (Link)
In my last post I mentioned I'd had my very first dornfelder. Its a German red which was as sweet as spatlese. Serve this red chilled. I've never had a red German wine outside of gluwein, and it was surprisingly delicious.
quicksilvermad at 2008-12-25 04:44 (UTC) (Link)
I've never actually enjoyed red wine as much as white—something about the texture that gets left on the roof of my mouth bothers me. It may have something to do with the fact that most red wines aren't served chilled.

But dornfelder sounds good. I'll definitely try that.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-12-25 07:04 (UTC) (Link)
Harmony icon! ♥
ehowton at 2008-12-25 15:51 (UTC) (Link)


Army with harmony
Dave drop a load on 'em...
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-12-25 07:03 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. You just inspired me to start drinking my wine on a more regular basis. I mean, what's the point of keeping it in its cardboard cask for more than a day?

Oh wait, you said culture. Whoops!
ehowton at 2008-12-25 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
I'm an inspiration! It touches my heart, especially this time of year, to know that you'll be doing just that. And there's no better gift, than that.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2008-12-25 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Ice Wine gets you DRUNK, nigga

Brek out wit dat an git yur CRUNK ON
ehowton at 2008-12-25 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
375ml is only 12.7 ounces. Not 40.
dawaioser at 2008-12-26 12:29 (UTC) (Link)
I've had a few different kinds, including the one on the far right in your picture. Whew! They have such an intense ***sweet*** taste.

We shared ours with another couple. It's a tiny bottle but can you drink it in "one go" or do you space it out for a few days?
ehowton at 2008-12-26 17:38 (UTC) (Link)
Thimbelina and Tinkerbell might be able to space a bottle that size out a little bit. I was shocked when it didn't fill halfway even our dainty wineglasses (as I didn't pull down the cavernous red wine glasses).

I'm a large man. Sometimes I scare people with my enthusiasm because of my size. That bottle on the far right (and I'll have a future post where I rate them) is the smallest of them all at only 187ml. I intimidated that bottle.
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