Wednesday, December 16, 2009

An Afternoon with Robert

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Aside from being the proprietor of Kamen wines in Sonoma, Robert Kamen has been a New York-based screenwriter for 30 years, and is perhaps better known for writing “Taps” and “The Karate Kid” than for hiring Mark Herold to craft several brilliant wines from his properties in the Mayacamas Range. Last Saturday, our friend Robert ventured up to Suburban once again to pour his wines, and to share a few of his viewpoints with our customers and us. If you’ve met Bob during one of his past visits, you might have noticed that he is rather outspoken on almost any subject, and is quite easy to provoke. When you’re a successful screenwriter, it’s one thing to be “Hollywood”; but we love how Bob’s personality takes it nine steps farther by combining undeniable charm with sudden and frequent outbursts of indignation. It took about 3 minutes after his arrival for Lance to get him started on a particular wine critic. I recall, in passing, hearing a rant that that exploded out of a customer’s mention of the movie “Bottle Shock” during which Bob dropped no less than two F-bombs. I would imagine that he’s reading this entry right now, gritting his teeth and saying “Who is he to call me Bob?” But you’ve got to hand it to Mr.K…..he has many reasons to be proud. If you weren’t at his tasting, do yourself a favor and take home a bottle of his biodynamic ’06 Syrah ($83, one-hundred cases produced). It is one of the only wines produced outside of Hermitage that is worth every penny. Each bottle I have in stock bears his signature, and one of his famous movie lines, including the popular “wax on, wax off”, the obscure “I will find you, I will kill you”, and a house favorite, “They f*%# you at the drive-thru”. We love ya, Bob. Never change. –Michael Koehler
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