Haiku Wine Tasting With Paul Draper

Had a fantastic wine tasting with Paul Draper today …

…and while I was desperately intrigued by the wines we were showing, ritual necessity imposed a stark and unusual brevity upon my tasting notes …


… and as I was wrestling with my own ponderously angular and whimsically plodding renditions of shorthand, it occurred to me that one of the bloody summaries ought to be about 17 syllables, and accordingly, what I ought to have been doing all along is writing my tasting notes in haiku form!

So here we go:

2008 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay

Melon and lemon
ice; weighty tropical notes —
wishing for Tapas.

2008 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay

Minerals, kumquat,
honeydew skin; the long, warm
road to braised peaches.

2008 Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Raspberry seed nose,
quince & compote; finesse of
Ali punch; so firm.

2008 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello

Sweet fruit, black cherry,
great acidity. Tannins
covered, mouth happy.

2005 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello

Smoke & tobacco
(cherry); mineral and brine.
Blueberry yogurt.

1995 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello

Mincemeat and bramble;
blackberry jam on warm toast
with butter. Romance.

2003 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville

Chard & Garlic soup,
rhubarb pie. So round, so soft,
elegance defined.

2005 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs

Yello-flesh plum, al-
mond croissant, ruby grapefruit.
Savory and spice.

Haiku Wine Tasting With Paul Draper

Categories: Events, Food & Wine Pairing, Geyserville, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, Paul Draper, Tasting Flights, Tasting Notes, Wine & Poetry

6 replies

  1. May 2nd, 2011. The pour: 2009 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel; the sound: Joe Lovano & Us Five; the venue: Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz.

    Lovano gold sax
    Complex Complete. East Bench back
    Warm intense notes thrill.

  2. I led the workshop with Danika Dinsmore. Here’s her poem and more about what we did in case anyone wants to try it at home! http://theaccidentalnovelist.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/weekend-workout-wine-tasting-poem/

  3. These are wonderful, Chris! What fun! Rcently, I co-led a writing workshop at a winery; we warmed up our senses with wine and lunch, then did a bunch of writing exercises outside and inside, with and without wine.


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