The Schulemeister is on record that my obsession with 8-Bit games is threatening our friendship. But here's something that he and his Geek Wine buddies can definitely understand.
As part of it's PAX coverage, Wired has posted up a quick tid-bit on a new wine maker named 8-Bit Vinters.
Acording to their about page they are up in the Walla Walla Washington "wine country".
There first vintage is called "Player 1" ('natch), here's what the website has to say about it:
The inaugural vintage of Player 1 displays the quality and diversity of fruit that is being produced in Eastern Washington. Player 1 is blended from various vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope, and Walla Walla Valley. 2007 was a moderately warm growing season with long, dry, sunny days that allowed for extended hang time during harvest. This wine shows an accessible and approachable style that is both fun to drink now and has the acidity and tannins to hold up for 5 years plus.
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley, Wahluke Slope, and Columbia Valley
Blend: 50% Syrah, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carmenere, 5% Malbec
Harvest Date: August and September 2007
Bottling Date: July 2009
Cooperage: French, American, and Hungarian for 18 to 22 months
As it happens, my brother lives up in Walla Walla (he's a former "Whitman" alum who could never leave). I'm going to see if he can score me a few bottles.
If I can I'll post an "un boxing / un corking" video for y'all to enjoy. If you can't wait that long, you can always order a few bottles for yourself from the companies website.