Plonky Tonk Man #1

Posted: April 6, 2009 in Uncategorized
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With the host of groovy foodie blogs out there, why take a few wine suggestions thrown in your direction (from a questionable source) to complement that palate?
Willkommen bis the inaugural ‘Plonky Tonk Man’ post. Possibly to become ‘There Will Be Plonk’ or ‘Daniel Plainview’s Slosh Factory’ – I haven’t decided yet.
Have a go at a title if you feel like it.
I like booze and in recent years, thanks to the cheapening prices of vino and the fact that my good lady has, in her distant past, worked as a dazzlingly knowledgeable wine sommelier, I have developed a decent taste as to what’s good and what’s not. Anyone could do this, given time, but this could prove to be a lot of fun.
For all of us, of course.
And for my first recommendation: The Catena Malbec 2006

Now, I could bang on in the most verbose manner about this wine, and may do so for future installments, but suffice it to say this is a crimson red that smells overwhelmingly of berries and currants and yet is as light on the taste buds as an bulimic starlet who’s just barfed up her tuna salad sandwich.
It doesn’t need, necessarily, to be imbibed with food and will serve perfectly well as an evening wind-down tipple or as an ‘I’m treating myself to a good wine tonight before I go out because I work bloody hard and I want to get pissed up but stay classy‘ drink too.
A deceptively lighter red for the usually more robust, jammy Malbecs.

Or as Wine Spectator put it:
Enticing, with lots of mocha, fruitcake, raspberry and boysenberry flavors stretched over a lengthy, fleshy finish. A delicious, fruit-driven version. Drink now through 2010.

Thank you, Wine Spectator.

This wine is at the more expensive end of the market, at around 17 or 18 quid, and you will have to head somewhere like The Corkscrew, near Nearys pub off Grafton Street, or that tiny wine store in Ringsend. In general it can be educational and informative to go into the independent wine stores and ask them about different varieties of wines, regions, grapes and years, tell them what you like/don’t like and get them to recommend wines and let you taste them.
Tescos won’t do that for you, now will they?
Then again, the wine shops don’t have microwaveable lasagnes or milk.
It’s a careful global-shopping balancing act.

Do yourself a favour and snap up this Malbec or I’ll send Wine Spectator around to do your fookin’ legs in.

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Comments
  1. cha says:

    Some vin de Cahors 1989 (dont know what vineyard). What happened to you lacey, you used to be all about the Royal Dutch?

  2. fear an phoist says:

    Careful now, you're just 478 crates of catena malbec away from:
    "I had my worst experience in A&E ever this week. I had to extract wads of bloody tissue from a homeless man’s anus after he plugged it to stop himself shitting on the streets."

  3. Adam says:

    Jaysus, is that Cha AND Hannigan above me?? Xtrawazh 4 life yo’
    Yeah, I was thinking on the way to work that I will have to pepper the series with cans of Karpackie and Tyskie. And that homeless man? That’s what he gets for trying to keep the community clean? Christ on a bike.

  4. cha says:

    just me deciding to masquarade under an old skool monkier, just thought neither backwards scran nor countess chocula seemed appropriate for the subject matter

  5. Daddy would you like some sausages says:

    Thanks for the credit Lacey, but I’m happy for Cha to keep the credit for the homeless man with the bleeding anus.

  6. Adam says:

    Really? I thought that would be fine thing to take the credit for. Then again, I do enjoy a good anal bleeding tale.

  7. cha says:

    Thanks Hannigan, I had forgotten the sausages refrain, gave me a laugh. hope alls well with you.

  8. Adam says:

    Do ya remember the puma conversation that crowd had?
    ‘Now I have never seen a puma, but I know for a fact that is NOT a FUCKING PUMA’

  9. cha says:

    I just remember that guy wandering around in his dressing gown with his toothbrush, or was it a smoking jacket?

  10. Gardenhead says:

    Jaysus Lacy, steaming in with a 19 quid bottle. There is a Trapiche brand Malbec available in spar generally around 8 or 9 quid that is just lovely. It’s probably more plummy than your choice and great for lamb dinners. If ya got it in a restaurant for 25 quid or so, you wouldn’t complain.

  11. Gardenhead says:

    Jaysus Lacy, steaming in with a 19 quid bottle. There is a Trapiche brand Malbec available in spar generally around 8 or 9 quid that is just lovely. It’s probably more plummy than your choice and great for lamb dinners. If ya got it in a restaurant for 25 quid or so, you wouldn’t complain.

  12. Adam says:

    Well Dar, that’s actually the first Malbec I ever had years ago. Lovely it is. Just happened to get this one last week but, yeah, it is expensive. T’won’t all be expensive ones I’ll write about, unless I start thieving from the wine stores.

  13. andrea says:

    daddy wud u like some sausages!!aaahhh the memories!!

  14. andrea says:

    by the way, my translation of ur wine piece: blargh blargh im a booze bag blargh blargh

  15. Robert Cullen says:

    Some title suggestions for your wine-related bloggings:

    Grape Expectations
    New Cork, New Cork
    No Country For Old Wine
    The Winer Things In Life
    Come Wine With Me
    Whole Lotta Rosé

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