December 12, 2012

Appel on Wine: Monogamy best not wasted on any particular wine

By Joe Appel

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But I've been spending most of my time with the Cabernet Franc ($20). Yeah, a sparkling red, with exactly the amount of sweetness I want in a wine. You, Still Wine, are smart, competent, interesting, brave, but I think what in our monogamous relationship I've most missed is that sweetness, that kindness, that generosity. We used to share that; now we're all dry, businesslike.

The Terres Blanches Cab Franc's sweetness is background, while up front are everything you and I both love about this grape: the violets and other floral aspects, the peppery pep. As this wine and I have spent more time together, I've found mulling spices and toasted nuts, red berries and a fascinating salty, earthy tang too.

I brought her to Thanksgiving, and I'm going to bring her to a few other parties later this month. I don't know, it may be too early to say, but ... I think one day I might marry her. I'm old enough, I've worked hard enough in my life, and I just deserve this much pure pleasure.

Still Wine, you're still the love of my life. You showed me how to love, and you showed me the world. But now there's a whole world to love, and ... look, we'll always be the best of friends...


Joe Appel works at Rosemont Market. His blog,, continues the conversation, and he can be reached at:


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