Archive for March, 2012

Gourgonnier Has Come To Destroy Us All!!!!

March 19, 2012

Gourgonnier, is the Provençal translation of ゴジラ (I assume, I don’t fact check much) and we all know that ゴジラ is the Japanese name for Godzilla: King of Monsters!



Gourgonnier has made his way up the James River to blow his electric fire breath upon us, there is no fleeing, there are no good monsters around for protection, we can’t reason with a lizard god, we are totally fucked!

To celebrate our impending doom I think that it might be a good idea to drink the wine that was named for him…



2009 Les Baux de Provence, Mas de Gourgonnier. $14. Imported by Dionysos Imports.

How could such a beautiful wine from a beautiful land carry such a terrible and destructive name?  Mas de Gourgonnier is small estate located within the Chaîne des Alpilles, the small range of mountains that runs through Provence in southern France.  The fruit grown here benefits from Mediterranean sun, the famous dry Mistral winds, and a higher elevation cool climate.  The Cartier family that runs the domaine has practiced organic farming for over three decades using only natural compost and poop to enrich the soils.  Along with the usual hot weather grape suspects of the area (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre) they also grow and produce olive oil!  Olive oil based cuisine and Provençal wines are a perfect partner.  This robustly savage and spicy red fruited wine will win the battle against a bowl of Beef Daube Provençal or a plate of dry goat cheese.  Drink this end-of-time wine while you can and you just might be allowed to ascend up into ゴジラ’s dark kingdom.



“The baroque philosophical sensibility of the Provençal cook is captured in a well-known story concerning an imaginary dish called olives Provençal. A green olive is stuffed into a thrush. The thrush is stuffed into a chicken which is stuffed into a goat that in turn is stuffed into a pig which is stuffed into a pony which is stuffed into a cow. The stuffed cow is roasted on a spit for a long time, nearly a day. When it is done, you discard the cow, pony, pig, goat, chicken, and thrush, remove the olive, and eat it. This is not a story about prolificacy; it is a story about the proper way to eat an olive.” from Clifford A. Wright.