Aug 31 2010

Labor Day Decompression

Many people will use the upcoming Labor Day weekend to reflect on their own employment—bosses, co-workers, long-hours, deadlines, salaries, stress, and more. Others will simply be thankful to have a job. Others will only remember that they have three days off, and shouldn’t wear white anymore.

Whatever the situation, here at Just Grapes we’re working hard to help you put your own profession in perspective, by offering you the “fruits” of labor from vineyards around the world. Be sure to stop by this week and pick up a few of these bottles, as you ponder:

What you would say after receiving an underwhelming raise:

2008 Big Woop Chardonnay, Viognier, and Pinot Gris White Blend, South Eastern Australia [$14.99]

The color of this wine is like a faint ray of sunshine. Pineapple and lemon on the nose. Nice acidity on the palate, with a hint of pear, strong lemons finish of lingering, palate cleansing acidity.

What you would give to an impatient, demanding boss:

2006 Tilda Petulence, 93% Syrah, 7% Grenache, Columbia Valley, Washington [$12.79]

Tilda’s Petulance 2006 is bright and charming, blended from young vines born and bred in the Columbia Valley of Washington State. Raised by caring and tempered hands, this wine was inspired in part by the wonderful everyday-drinking wines of the Rhone Valley of southern France. She boasts a playful button nose of violets and gingerbread, a screaming palate of candied black fruits with a wild finish, thankfully balanced by structure and freshness.

What it would be like to work one hour less each day:

2008 Siete 7 Grenache Tempranillo Blend, Navarra, Spain [$11.99]
This wine is violet and has purple-tinged edges; It possesses strong aromatics, smelling like incense, green bell peppers and other spices. In the mouth you will find raspberries, a little burnt rubber, and an earthy finish punctured by cayenne spice that really bit my tongue. After a couple of days, the spiciness subsides some, and the black and blue fruits are more present. Drinking beautifully for the value.

What it would be like to lighten the labor of pulling a cork:

Rabbit Corkscrew [$39.95]

The Rabbit Corkscrew from Metrokane is quick like a bunny! It will pull a wine cork in 3 seconds flat. After uncorking, the Rabbit Corkscrew quickly and easily ejects the cork from the worm. This popular corkscrew has been redesigned with a precision, metal gear mechanism that’s laboratory tested to last through more than 10,000 uncorkings. The ergonomic design with black soft rubber grip pads puts an end to awkward wine bottle opening. Used by professionals. Includes foil cutter and presentation box. Carries a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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