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As I wrap up my upcoming private wine orders for April, my wine buying activity will be reduced in the months to come. I dont see a complete halt but me too I am a victim of the virus crisis. I have lost temporarily my job as a baker. My patron has taken my place and have reduced staff to a minimum. A very sensible solution. I rather the bakery be saved because I know things would get back on track eventually. So, I have to be very careful on what I shall be buying

Also, With a lot of free time on my hand, it is very easy to over indulge with wine. It is more tempting for me as well, since I am separated and have no one to give me dirty looks-you are drinking too much for instance

Treat your wine collection with respect and be smart about it. It is a finite resource much like the money in your bank account. Once is gone, it is forever. Each wine bottle is the memory of a vintage of what happened during that specific year. You just cant replace that.

Besides facing an empty cellar, if you drink too much you could be faced with a much bigger problem: alcohol dependency. No matter the quality level of the wine you are drinking, it is still alcohol. Trust me, I have been there and know what I am talking about. It is very important to self check your wine consumption levels at all times but be more strict during these uncertain times. It is very tempting to overindulge so if you are doing it very often that should ring lots of alarm in your head.

If you do have a wine cellar, this is the perfect time to do a cleanup just like you are doing in certain parts of your house. This is the time to drink wines that are reaching maturity or trade styles that you dont appreciate it anymore. In my case, I will be drinking some mature Bordeauxs in the months to come. In addition, I will be exploring how certain natural wines are evolving with age.

Leave your young wines to rest. They are like children and need their beauty sleep to become beautiful. In a million years, I would never imagine bothering my daughter in her sweet sleep. It is the same thing with wine: you open a bottle of wine too soon and you risk it not to be at its best performance. It could be muted or shy.

So I will leave with that so you can think about..And now for the wine reccomendation:

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Dard & Ribo St Joseph white 2017 ( Six pack case, $60-$70, Rezin)

René-Jean Dard and François Ribo, two famous winemakers from Mercurol, north of Valence, founded their estate in 1984. Working from just a single hectare, the estate is today composed of 9 hectares of vines, with parcels in the appellations of Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage. The wines produced are always of incredible  quality, with tremendous work put into their single vineyard cuvées (one soil + one grape variety = one cuvée). Their methods stayed the same  for the last 30 years: non-intervention,  10% of the grapes are trodden by foot, no additives are used, a long decanting period is used in place of filtering, and no sulphur is added. The estate’s winepress dates back to 1955, which was bought from Prieuré-Roch in 1992.

This St Joseph is a monovarietal Rousanne from the vineyards of Les Champs” and “Opatyres,” on granite with clay and stones. The wine ferments and ages in a mix of vats and small, used barrels. It is quite powerful and quite heady. Powerful nuances of marzipan with ripe apricots with a touch of pineapple and coconut. Very rich and round with a very long persistent finale. Available by allocation only from Rezin.

Until next post, be well and drink great!!