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Wine Tasting Notes by the Summer Words Authors

Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto 2012 (Lisboa, Portugal)


Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Robust, complex, delicate and red. Sort of a cross between LeBron James’ shoulders and Jean Genet’s way with a sentence. Pair this with a Breaking Bad episode from the final season or your favorite Malcolm X quote. While not enough to prevent writer’s block, it is effective at keeping paranoia and despair at bay.

Ben Fountain

Notes Toward a Non-Paranoid Theory of Wine

Animal: Good thick rabbit stew on a cold winter night
Vegetable: Fennel. Or maybe flannel?
Mineral: The smell that sprinkling rain raises from dry stone.

Conclusion: Like a kiss with a thousand years of culture on the lips.

Argiolas, Costamolino Vermentino 2016 (Sardegna, Italy)


Hannah Tinti

Your first sip of Costamolino’s Vermentino di Sardegna is tangy and bright, a sliver of green apple with a touch of citrus, and then the layers arrive. It’s not a simple wine, but it’s not heavy either. Like a summer fling, it shows you something new, holds its own when paired with strong flavors, and then leaves you with a slight hint of fizz that lingers in your mouth.

Jess Walter

The Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna opens with the crisp, oaky notes of Damn-that’s-good, before revealing a complex middle range of Hey-let’s-finish-the-bottle with just a hint of I kinda wanna-drink-the-second-bottle before a surprisingly robust finish of Let’s-cancel-our-dinner-reservations-scrounge-for-cheese-in-the-fridge-and-make-out-in-the-backyard.

Bieler Père et Fils “Sabine” Rosé 2016 (Provence, France)


Dani Shapiro

As the rosé swirled around my glass, its pale, beautiful, petal-like color seemed to make a promise. Summer is here! It whispered. Shed the weight of winter and come out to play! I sipped it, and felt pleasure and surprise. Such a gentle color, and yet just beneath that gentleness, a sunny depth.

Jericho Brown

The bitter will lead to the sweet if we let it. I drink to the end so to make a beginning more colorful.

Special thanks to The Winebow Group and to Charles & Kristen Bieler.

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