Monday, September 03, 2007

Camping Wine

I took three bottles of wine camping with me. Come to think of it, I brought the wife and kids too, but the important thing is the wine. The wine selections were:

2005 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 D'Arenberg "The Laughing Magpie"
2004 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva

Unfortunately, I ignored my own rules, choosing a wine (the D'Arenberg) with a ton of sludge. I actually knew it would be sludgey, but I really wanted to bring a screw top (this was the only one in my cellar). All the campfires in the world could not prevent me from pouring giant chunks into my fellow campers "glasses". A great wine, but not a great camping choice.

The other two were excellent wines for camping, but did require a corkscrew. The Casillero del Diablo paired nicely with hamburgers and roast marshmallows, while the Nipozzano paired well with pasta in a cheesey rose sauce.

Two out of three ain't bad...


Marcus said...

The mad camper... you're going to get yourself committed.

What's wrong with bringing a corkscrew with you? I take mine everywhere, camping especially! Last weekend my corkscrew unstoppered two bottles of wine on the train. I didn't spill an ounce and no one even knew I had opened a bottle of wine.

Joe said...

Or beaten up by some guy in a lumberjack shirt drinking "Bleue".

Nothing inherently wrong with a corkscrew, but the screwcap is nice for reclosure and transport of half empty bottles if you are hopping around. Plus, if you take a corkscrew you may have to check a bag. Not a big deal, but if you have a choice I think the screwcap is better for camping, picnics, hotels.

The train? Surprised they didn't kick you rebel!