’69 Dodge Dart Swingers and Cashmere

When I saw the 2008 Cline Cashmere Mourvedre, the name reminded me of a wine that was recently poured at the Wine Bloggers Conference held in Walla Walla, WA in June. The wine that sprung to mind was an Australian blend similar to the makeup of this fine example of MGS and the wine I am referring to was the most expensive wine being poured for the bloggers and the manufacturer made a point that everyone knew it. The name Cashmere  emulated the wine the previously mentioned failure was trying to become and I was dismayed to see how many novices were hoodwinked with a sticker price without seeing it race down the drag strip.

The wonderful aromas from the ’08 Cline Cashmere Mourvedre included jammy dark fruit, vanilla and freshly baked pie crust. On the palate the name says it all; it was Cashmere smooth soft and full of fruity, spicy goodness. There is not a cuisine too big for this wine, so get out there and buy it and cook something up that is rustic and smoky or fancy with finesse – it’s all good. If those two wines were to drag race, Cline Cashmere would be a 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger and the big expensive Australian wine would be a Porsche 911.

1969 Dodge Dart Swinger sticker price $2836.00

1969 911 Porsche sticker price $8200.00

I think you get the picture.

Rating: 91 | $12 | 15.0% ABV


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


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  2. Jim Caudill July 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM - Reply

    I do believe that car is actually a Dodge Dart GTS 340, which churned 375 hp out of a 340 cubic inch motor for a car that didn’t weight 3,000 lbs. I know, because I bought one just like that (Blue) in 1969 for $3300 loaded. It had an option for a big boy 426 hemi, which would surely have killed me. As it was, I never saw a set of tires make 8,000 miles and I drove that puppy through college until my new wife told me to choose between the car and, well you get the picture.

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