Florissant Fossil Beds Tour

Cousin Ben decided to visit Colorado Springs from Wichita, Kansas for the Labor Day weekend holiday. As a part of this visit, today just might be the day that an official tour expedition launches for the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument located on the western slope of a mountain named after Zebulon Pike. Before considering the expedition, it might be useful to note the Florissant Fossil Beds located in Florissant, Colorado contain a diverse set of fossil records that provide scientific evidence for researchers throughout the world. In other words, not only is the Florissant area scientifically useful, but also the area happens to be extremely scenic in a panoramic way.

The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument does not contain a restaurant or a significant snack food repository of demonstrating the best capitalist intentions available within a free market system. This problematic consideration of the planned expedition to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will require planning an alternative dining location. Now the question remaining from the hours of trip planning full of logistics considerations revolves around the provisioning of nutritional sustenance.

The addition of more complete and updated notes to this review will occur after the conclusion of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument expedition. Additionally, a fully annotated exciting conclusion to the nutritional provisioning conundrum will advance the prose of the review toward a more fulfilling conclusion.

Nonfiction Wine Books

Over the last few months, the idea of reading nonfiction books about wine has become an insatiable indulgence. After making a purchase at a well known online bookstore the computer interest matching software suggested reading a book entitled “The Billionaire’s Vinegar.” After thoroughly enjoying the subject matter of the book, an interest in the history of both winemaking and the wine industry slowly developed. Given this newfound awareness about wine, a chance encounter provided the opportunity to view the movie “Bottle Shock” (2008) on DVD. If you have an interest in wine, then consider renting or purchasing “Bottle Shock” (2008) on DVD. In any event, a large amount of literature exists about wine. Slow updates will occur to this list as various nonfiction books about wine are discovered, read, and considered worthy of recommendation.

The following books are ranked in order of preference…

  1. Wallace, Benjamin. (2008). The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. New York: Three Rivers Press.
  2. Tabor, George M. (2005). Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. New York: Scribner.
  3. Siler, Julia Flynn. (2007). The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty. New York: Gotham Books.

Wine Scoring

The following prose represents a few initial notes on the development of an independent wine scoring system. Development of this system remains a necessary formality to compare wine tasting experiences over time. Moving toward some degree of empirical research will provide consistency and reliability. After considering a wine tasting project a single reality become apparent. Without question, a connoisseur can rank wines by preference during the course of a single year. Sorting wines into a list requires an expression of preference. A higher order examination would require developing a formal wine scoring system.

Please consider that the following wine preference scoring system exists for reference and informational purposes only and does not represent any endorsement: financial or otherwise… Rating is relative to personal preferences within a yearly representative position of memorable wines compared to other wines from the categories of red wine and white wine. A wine tasting, especially a tasting at a winery, will not constitute a scoring event.

100 Point Wine Scoring System

Part One: Pour the wine

1. Visual examination (10 Points)
2. Olfactory examination (10 Points)

Part Two: Taste a small amount of the wine

3. Evaluate the initial tastes (20 Points)
4. Evaluate the second wave of flavor (20 Points)
5. Evaluate the third wave or aftertaste (20 Points)

Part Three: Reconsidering

6. Second olfactory examination (10 Points)
7. Refined second tasting (10 Points)

Example: 100 Point Wine Scoring System

92/100 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; Artemis, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (Napa Valley, CA)
August 14, 2009 at 6:30 PM Central Standard Time Kansas City, Kansas

1. Visual examination (9/10 Points)
2. Olfactory examination (9/10 Points)
3. Evaluate the initial tastes (20/20 Points)
4. Evaluate the second wave of flavor (18/20 Points)
5. Evaluate the third wave or aftertaste (17/20 Points)
6. Second olfactory examination (9/10 Points)
7. Refined second tasting (10/10 Points)

Example: 100 Point Wine Scoring System

79/100 Hogue Cellars, Late Harvest White Riesling 2007 (Prosser, WA)
August 25, 2009 at 6:05 PM Mountain Standard Time Colorado Springs, Colorado

1. Visual examination (8/10 Points)
2. Olfactory examination (8/10 Points)
3. Evaluate the initial tastes (17/20 Points)
4. Evaluate the second wave of flavor (15/20 Points)
5. Evaluate the third wave or aftertaste (15/20 Points)
6. Second olfactory examination (8/10 Points)
7. Refined second tasting (8/10 Points)

Updated on August 23, 2009 by Nels Lindahl
Last updated on August 25, 2009 by Nels Lindahl

Wondering about Colorado Wine

Who would have ever guessed that grapes could grow in the State of Colorado? Parts of Colorado are in fact suitable to growing grapes for wine. People grow grapes in various places throughout the United States. Necessity of investigation might warrant the study of vineyards outside the State of California. Maybe this news will provide the possibility of learning about wine in general. A handful of wineries exist within the State of Colorado. Given the current global economic considerations, residents of Colorado might consider day trips to various wineries. Evidence suggests that economic considerations do limit traveling. People throughout the United States are avidly considering possible day trips. Colorado certainly provides hiking and nature emersion experiences that match anywhere in the world. Some people find process of making wine to be interesting. Traveling throughout the State of Colorado provides the opportunity to witness the true glory and splendor of natural beauty.