jamie goode's wine blog: Procrastination, and wild rock rocks!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Procrastination, and wild rock rocks!

One of the features of the broadband internet age is that there are now 1001 ways to procrastinate. Never before has it been so easy to put off doing proper work by hopping over to check the BBC news site, or waste time on facebook or flickr, pick up emails yet again, or just generally arse around on various blogs and internet sites.

At least in the age of dial-up it cost money to stay online, and getting online was a mild hassle so you just collected your messages a few times a day. 'Always on' connections make this sort of discipline difficult. I find that to work effectively, it takes me perhaps five minutes to get in the zone, and maybe another 10 to function really efficiently. So if I'm continually replying to emails, or browsing, then it's much harder to achieve the state of maximum productivity. So I'm going to make a pledge to procrastinate less over the next month. [Heck, now this is beginning to sound like one of those awful 'work more efficiently in the information age' blogs...]

Back to wine. Last night, watching City record their their second successive victory of the new campaign on Match of the Day, I opened a Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red 2005. And Wild Rock rocks! (see the tasting note below)

Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red 2005 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
From the Craggy Range stable, this is a blend of Merlot and Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels of Hawkes Bay. It's really impressive: a lovely, well balanced red in a Bordeaux mould. Attractive nose of dark fruits - ripe but still fresh, with a minerally, gravelly edge. Dark, almost brooding palate shows a lovely savoury edge to the spicy dark fruits. Some grippy, spicy tannins on the finish, together with just the faintest hint of animal character, complete this satisfying wine, which is not at all sweet or over-ripe. In its focus and depth, it reminds me a bit of some of the leading Margaret River reds from Australia. 90/100 (9.99 Waitrose, on offer at 7.49 from 3-30th September 2007)

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5 Comments:

At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Tim Crane said...

Hi Jamie

You are so right about procrastination... how did we ever manage to do it before the internet?

But did we do any more (or better) work in those days? I doubt it!
see you on facebook
Tim

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Ian Sutton said...

Jamie
Liberate yourself by closing outlook down. Plan to go back to it at a set time or end of a piece of work. At that point read, file, action or whatever. Then if you've got more work to do, close it down. When people know they have mail, they can't resist reading it.

When there's less urgent stuff to do, then go back to your normal style (there's no point in being bound by time management discipline all the time!).

regards

Ian

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger Natasha said...

Hi Jamie,

Have you had the Wild Rock cupid's arrow pinot 2005? It is on offer in the US for $10 (5 pounds), and I was interested ... but not enough to spring for a case w/out some info. Thanks,
Natasha

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger Natasha said...

Hi Jamie,

Have you had the Wild Rock cupid's arrow pinot 2005? It is on offer in the US for $10 (5 pounds), and I was interested ... but not enough to spring for a case w/out some info. Thanks,
Natasha

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Can't remember drinking the Pinot, but will check my notes and let you know if I have

 

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