Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Little Weed-Whacking

With the big B-day Party happening, Daveyboi managed to rustle up a gaggle of the guys to come and do a last minute clean sweep of the garden. As Boo is often quick to point out, I'm as likely to be found in front of the computer blogging this summer as I am out weeding in the garden. Having weeds underfoot all the designer shoes that will be in attendance was not part of Daveyboi's plan.

It's actually quite amazing how much touch up can be accomplished by seven guys in a short time. And all it cost me was a bottle of red.

181. 2005 Earl Le Brun Lecouty Bebianito (AOC Coteaux du Languedoc - France)

If I'm not mistaken, using the suffix "ito" is used as a term of endearment with a "little one." I couldn't find out a whole lot about this wine but I do gather that it is an entry level (read "little") wine for the Lecouty brand and the vineyard is in Prieure St. Jean de Bebian. I also saw that it is a blend of Grenache and Carignan grapes and I've been seeing it in a number of private wine stores around town. So, it must have been impressing a number of buyers.

The wine is produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, found straddling the Mediterranean coast of France between the border with Spain and Provence. The region is the biggest wine-producing district in France as it alone produces 1/3 of France's total production. For many years, the wines in this area have been of lower quality, but as all of Europe has seen a bit of a glut in production lately, the Languedoc has seen much improvement in quality. The region is also seeing the establishment of more distinct sub-appellations as the wines improve. Coteaux de Languedoc is one of the best known.

Hopefully, Daveyboi and Merlot Boy enjoy it since they're going to be not to far from this region when they hit Spain after the party. My guess is that they'll entertain themselves with enough similar wine on their vacation that they could start a List of their own.

Boo, M.B. and I passed on the rest of the evening out though. There was still lots to get done for the party on Saturday and we had a feeling, they'd be hitting the bars fairly hard for Daveyboi's last night in his first half-century. Turns out we were right when they announced that they were out until 3 am that night.

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