I can’t believe my good fortune, this is the first January I have ever spent not wearing leather down mittens, fifteen layers of clothing and not thawing out until May. The temperatures here are in the low forties in the mornings and the highs for the day in the high forties to low fifties. Awesome! I can feel my toes and actually enjoy walking the dogs. It’s almost a miracle. But in the spirit of winter, I’m still cooking like it’s cold out. For dinner I fixed spicy chicken breasts and for the wine I opened an Oregon Pinot Noir.
The wine, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, was a real treat. It was a young wine, vintage 2014 with an alcohol content of 13.7%. The wine was a medium dark red color in the glass, not as dark as a Cab, but still a nice dark reddish purple color. I could smell the alcohol, but it didn’t have that bite or tartness with a high alcohol wine. The wine was smooth and dry with a full finish. It didn’t have a big fruit taste like the California Pinots have, this had a drier taste that I felt on the back of my mouth.
This wine, a Whole Cluster wine, means that the whole grape clusters are fermented uncrushed. This is to make the wine ready to drink upon release without any added aging, or so the back of the bottle claims. There was also an added note at the bottom of the back label:
“PS. Please return this bottle to the winery for a 10 cent refund. Thank you for recycling.”
The first thing that came to mind, “Road Trip!” Awesome. Now I have an excuse to drive to Turner, Oregon, to get my 10 cents back.
In keeping with my New Year’s resolution (the only one I can keep) I opened another bottle of wine. I am so proud of myself, I finally found the perfect resolution, and one that I can make year after year and succeed. Drink more wine. So simple, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. Now I can call myself a huge success story.
Last night I fixed London broil for dinner and opened a bottle of Josh Cellars, Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. This wine is from the North Coast Region in California. You can find Josh Cellars at http://www.joshcellars.com and almost everywhere you buy wine. I have tasted many bottles of Josh wines and varietals, and I can say that I have never had a bad bottle of wine from Josh Cellars.
This was the first time I had tasted the Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and was very pleased with this wine. The wine was a dark red color in the glass and when I swirled it around, the wine had great legs running down the side of the glass. It smelled like plums and alcohol and had a 14.5% alcohol content. The wine was dry and smooth almost soft and not at all harsh. I could taste blackberries and a hint of vanilla when I swished the wine around before I swallowed the wine. The slipped down my throat without a hint of harshness and had a long full finish. Very nice. The price was also very nice, I paid under $20 for a bottle. That is a bargain for a nice easy drinking Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine complemented the London broil very nicely, forcing me to drink not two but three glasses of wine. Good thing I only had to walk across the room.
This is definitely a bottle I will buy again.
It’s January 4, 2016 and by now most everyone I know has already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions, me included. I lasted almost twenty four hours. I’ve decided to take solace in my failure by drinking more wine. It’s a good goal and one that I can definitely succeed at.
For my first wine of the new year I opened a bottle from Idaho. I didn’t realize it was from Idaho when I bought it. I assumed it was from Washington, oops. That’s what happens when I get immersed in wine shopping. I find bottles of wine that I hadn’t heard of and place them in the cart. Then I get home place them in the rack and forget why I picked it up to begin with.
The wine, Ste Chappelle, Special Harvest Riesling, 2013, from Snake River Valley, Caldwell, Idaho had 11.5% alcohol content. I opened the bottle and poured a glass. The wine was a bright yellow gold color in the glass. I could smell peaches and honey when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine was smooth and soft and sweet. Not sickening sweet, but definitely sweet. This wine would go great with really hot spicy food, as an aperitif, an after dinner drink in lieu of dessert or something to sip on while I am home alone without my drinking buddy.
This is a nice wine if you like a sweet wine, sometimes.