• I’m nearing the end of a class on human memory. A class that I have found absolutely fascinating.

    One thing I found incredibly helpful, is understanding how short term memory works, and how information gets put into long term memory.

    How many times have you had an idea or thought of something you needed to do and immediately forgot about it? Even when you were certain you would remember. What is your immediate response? Damn I’m getting old, stupid memory is going. Then follows the sadness or anxiety about getting older and losing your memory.

    At one point you half expect to find yourself standing naked in the kitchen, except for your socks, with a bowl of frozen chicken nuggets in tepid milk that you had left out all night, wondering where your keys are even though the car is at the shop, and you realize you missed a doctor’s appointment two weeks ago to address your problem with remembering, oh and there was an emu kickin’ it on the counter. (yeah, I know it’s a run on sentence. I do what I want!)

     

     

    *author’s note: tilt your head sideways and cross your eyes until the emu is in the kitchen

     

    If you dread this happening because you forgot the fork in the kitchen when you sat down to eat. I have some insider knowledge that might help you keep that fear at bay.

    Everyone’s short term memory is only a matter of seconds. How many times have you tried to remember a phone number just long enough to type it in your phone and end up forgetting at least part of it?

    This is where it gets a bit complicated. If you don’t process what you put in short term memory, and file it into long term then *poof* it’s gone the way of the dodo. One tool we use is called a phonological loop. When you rehearse the number to yourself, either out loud or in your head (subvocally), you’re attempting to form a more permanent memory. The only problem with that is, this loop only contains a few seconds of tape (not literally, you do not have a cassette or 8-track player in your head).

    So what can I do to improve my memory? Well, one of the best ways is to not rely on it. Expect to forget and set up a reminder that you will have no way to avoid. I used to forget my lunch in the fridge all the time, so I started putting my car key (not the house key) on the lunch in the fridge (or on whatever it is you want to remember).

     

     

    Sure I’d sometimes step out of the house, get to the car, and then realize where it was. The beauty of it is, I never left home without whatever I had put the key with.

     

    *side note: this will not work if you get a ride to work

     

    If you have a smart phone, put a reminder in the phone the second you think of your task or idea. If its not feasible to use your phone, write a note to yourself to add it later.

    I use a dry erase board, but you have to place it somewhere that you can’t avoid looking at it. The bathroom, the back of the front door, the fridge or in front of the television.

     

    Omg, I totally remember what I was going to talk about… Wine!

    The temperature is rising, and soon it will be scorching. When the thermometer reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to switch from red to white or rosé.

     

     

    The ‘go to’ for most when it comes to white is Chardonnay, but nothing screams refreshing like a bright, crisp, cold wine. So let’s think outside the box.

    For rosé I’ve got a stellar $12 (K&L sells it online if you can’t find it)

     

     

    2012 Bieler Pere et Fils “Sabine” Coteaux d’Aix en Provence

    Nearly all rosés smell of strawberries and roses. This one has a hint of watermelon on the palate. It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Cabernet.

     

     

    This next wine is a sparkling Rosé that is killer for only $15

    NV Codorníu Pinot Noir Brut Rosé

    Raspberries, currants, crisp and bubbly, perfect for summer.

     

    A great wine for $15 (K&L has it too) is:

     

     

    2010 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand

    Only a touch of ortega chili pepper on the nose, this wine is crisp, bright and delicious.

     

     

     

     

    Last but not leitz (sorry, had to) a $14 Riesling

    2010 Leitz “Dragonstone” Riesling Germany

    Balanced between sweetness and acidity with some peach and lime flavors. An excellent sit on the porch with a cool breeze wine.

     

    Start the Spring/Summer change over off right, and if you do find yourself back in that kitchen that has newly waxed floors with only your socks on being chased by a pack of wolves.. it’s a condition called Luposlipaphobia, not memory loss, and it’s found only in your dreams, so wake up.

     

    -Jonathan Hood

     

     

     

    I added the tasting notes at the end this time…

    2012 Bieler Pere et Fils “Sabine” Coteaux d’Aix en Provence

    Wine maker’s notes:

    “Made in the traditional Provencal way. Direct to press within two hours of picking so very limited skin juice contact to emphasize freshness over density. We select from five hillside vineyards surrounding the city of Aix en Provence. Fermentation is in stainless steel and concrete tanks. Lees are stirred during and after fermentation to add some body. five years ago when we started producing in Coteaux d’Aix the growers we were working with had very little cinsault planted, a grape that we think is important in a proper rosé blend. Finally some of those new vineyards have matured and the blend is now 15% cinsault. Over the last few years we have also been steering the winemaking and blending to maximize complexity over power.”

     

    NV Codorníu Pinot Noir Brut Rosé

    International Wine Cellar 87 Points

    “Bright pink with a slow bead. Raspberry and herbs on the nose. A gently sweet midweight that offers fresh red fruit flavors and a late note of bitter orange peel. The finish is slightly blurry but delivers solid red fruit punch. Thirty thousand cases of this bubbly were imported into the U.S.”

     

     

    2010 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand

    89 points Wine Spectator

    “Fragrant and tropical, displaying pineapple, grapefruit, dragon fruit and melon flavors. There’s a juicy acidity, with great persistence on the finish. Drink now.” (12/10) This is a crisp and powerful, well balanced wine with intense aromas of gooseberry, passion fruit and citrus flavors. Look for upfront herbaceous aromas, backed by ripe fruit flavors of melon, passionfruit and crisp acidity. This light to medium bodied aromatic wine is a great match with salads, seafood and vegetarian dishes and perfectly acceptable to be enjoyed on its own!

     

    2010 Leitz “Dragonstone” Riesling Germany

    Wine makers notes:

    “The latest installment of a proverbial hit, Leitz’s 2010 Rudesheimer Drachenstein Riesling Dragonstone continues (as its full name demonstrates) to come from a single vineyard, one from which by now Leitztakes a significant percentage of the crop. There has never been a better example of the electric intensityand uncanny balance Leitz is able to achieve in this site between taut, invigorating acidity and a high levelof residual sugar that comes off as barely sweet. Zesty lime, peach, pink grapefruit, and red currant allythemselves to cinnamon spice, salts, and wet stones, and finish with simultaneous penetration and delicacy.Enjoy this great value anytime over the next 3-4 years.”