Wine Blogging Wednesday #50 – Fall Wilderness and Wine

So I haven’t felt particularly motivated lately to blog about anything.  But heck, WBW is here this month, and such a nice topic!  This month’s WBW is hosted by WineHiker Russ Beebe.  The task at hand is to explore your local outdoor environment and follow-up with a wine of choice.  Here in MA the fall foliage is nearly at peak and available for our viewing pleasure (and raking displeasure).  In Groton where I live is the semi-famous Gibbett Hill Castle which affords a beautiful view of the town and lots of… cows.  It’s a fun little hike to walk up to the ruins of the castle and appreciate the beauty of the New England autumn.  And following-up with a nice toasty Zinfandel, say the 2006 Four Vines ‘The Maverick’, makes for a lovely good time.  The castle, which was never actually completed in total, now exists as a shell of a building that sometimes serves as backdrop to local Arthurian/dungeons-n-dragons theatrical efforts.

Here’s the view on the path leading up to the Castle: (note cows)

Here’s a view walking up the Hill to the Castle:

A view from ‘inside’:

A few views from atop the windswept Hill:

And what more topical-sounding beverage to enjoy after a nice hike up the Hill than the ‘Maverick’ Zinfandel from Four Vines Winery?  This jammy wine absolutely warms the cockles of ones innards after a refreshing, cool autumn New England hike:

I first tasted this wine at last year’s Boston Wine Expo with winemaker Christian Tietje.  This old-vine Zin (blended with a splash of Syrah) originates from Amador County, CA.  This is a fruit bomb, but a deliciously balanced example.  The alcohol at 14.9% does not overwhelm the palate.  The tannins are firm and there is a syrah-like chewyness in the palate.  Spice and blackberry dominate the nose.  It just plain TASTES GOOD, which is never an objectionable quality in a beverage of any kind.

So, thanks for the neat theme this month, Russ.  Walking, nature, photography, wine… a few of my favorite things!


October 8, 2008 - Posted by | Wine | , ,


  1. Nice pix…still struggling with my own post…so– you’ve been feeling the malaise, too…?
    PS, V.Suárez found some ’94 Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Zin I’m looking fwd to opening tomorrow…besotes, DJR

    Comment by David J | October 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. Sharon, that’s a fine post, and I’m so glad you wrote it. Walking, nature, photography, wine…indeed!!

    Thank you for participating in WBW50!


    Comment by winehiker | October 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. Sharon, thanks for your positive comment. I’ve been worried about overstepping boundaries as I ‘test’ limits of wineblogging content with the more personal– confessional, even– stuff…
    ‘Thanks for letting me share’!!, sincerely.

    Comment by David J | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hi Russ – You’re very welcome! Great theme.
    Hi David – You’re clearly a very talented writer. Have you checked out A. Feiring’s autobiographical tome?

    Comment by bloviatrix | October 14, 2008 | Reply

  5. This is the official wine of the McCain/Palin team…


    Comment by Epicuria | October 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. Those photos are amazingly beautiful. Makes me want to live there!

    I’d like to invite you to share your reviews, expertise, and ideas with our readers at Get valuable exposure for yourself and your blog to a much larger audience. is a social network devoted to connecting Wine, Spirits, Beer and Food aficionados, with the industry professionals and companies that create and sell and review them. and are divisions of Epic Products, Inc., the largest Wine & Bar Accessories wholesaler to Wineries in the United States.

    You have a great blog, I’m looking forward to seeing your posts appear on our network.


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    Community Manager

    Comment by Brian P. | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  7. Hi Epicuria – Is that you, Tom Merle? Well, nice site then! Thanks for checking out my blog. I don’t hate the ‘Maverick’ John McCain or anything, I just couldn’t stand another Republican un-administration, nor can the rest of the country methinks.
    Hi Brian – Thanks for your kind comments about my photography. I will check out your social network site, thanks!

    Comment by bloviatrix | October 21, 2008 | Reply

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