Sometimes one has to forgo the wine and go straight for the vodka. That is what I did last night.
Ice-cold Belvedere straight up was the drink of choice…and it truly hit the spot. My dinner companion did the same. I had forgotten how smooth and delicious it was. I have been straying lately to other brands. I will have to put it on my growing “wish list” again.
I’m off to work now and then to a wine tasting tomorrow.
I have been trying to play “catch up” and share my thoughts on some of the wines that I’ve had the pleasure of drinking lately.
Last week I opened a 1979 Maison Ginestet Fort Medoc, from the Haut-Medoc region. It had been sitting in my cabinet for a very long time. I fully expected that I would be using it in my salad dressing as a vinegar substitute. I was quite wrong!
This was a surprisingly nice wine and held up very well throughout the years. It was a deep garnet color with a pleasant but subtle fruit aroma. As I allowed it to open, the taste of Bing cherries became more dominant. It was smooth and earthy with a satisfying finish. Although this particular bottle is not produced anymore, there is a lot to discover at http://www.maison-ginestet.com.
Now, onto a beautiful and busy day.
I had every intention of talking about a great wine that I had several days ago, but my schedule today prohibits me from spending time on my blog.
However, since I’m coming into home stretch with starting a knitting project, I will leave you with this photo of magical projects to come.
It was an uneventful Saturday. Work and organizing my home were the tasks at hand. Gloomy skies eventually gave way to some sun, but not in time to have a swim. The clock was ticking and I had to prepare for the evening.
I dashed out of the house, already late for my dinner date and left my cell phone charging on the kitchen counter.
As I was driving to my friend’s home, I realized my error, but actually found it quite “liberating” that I was not tied to the rest of the world for the evening.
It was a lovely dinner with wine not worth mentioning here (sorry, my dear). However, the “pour” later on in the evening is worth a shout out.
Taylor Fladgate 30 year old Tawny Port was the highlight of the evening, excluding the company of course. It had a beautiful dark golden color with a subtle aroma of fruity perfume and a smoky splash. I have enjoyed Taylor Fladgate in the past, but this particular bottle was quite distinctive. I tasted honey, dried apricots and nutty undertones. It was rich and satisfying with a very long finish. Bravo!
Of course, now I want to try Taylor Fladgate 40 year old Tawny Port! Anyone want to share?
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
I went to an intimate but fab pool/dinner party last night. The weather was perfect. The host and guests were spirited and so much fun to be with! There was no shortage of food and drink. The Veuve Clicquot was flowing, as was a lovely Rose, Muga Rioja Rosado.
The skewered swordfish and vegetable kebabs were especially yummy. I begged my host to tell me the secret ingredient he used for the sauce, but, alas, he would not divulge it. I guess that’s why they call it a “secret ingredient”. Duh…
Everyone was given a “goody bag” at the end of the evening that was tailored to the individual. I bet you can’t guess what was in my bag! My host knows me so well!
Until next time!
Hooray! I picked up my knitting needles today and actually knit for a few minutes. This is going to be great hand/wrist therapy. Although I can only knit for about 15 minutes at a time, it is progress. Here is a very tiny sample of today’s handiwork. It's only a about 3 inches from top to bottom!
What are you going to drink this evening to kick off the weekend? Let’s get some dialog going and share your thoughts with me! I’m contemplating a nice Rose or Chardonnay to start with. However, I'm going to a pool/dinner party this evening, so l will let you know what the host has chosen!
A few nights ago, a friend brought over a very special bottle of wine to share with me. It was a 1989 Eltviller Sonnenberg Riesling Auslese. All I can say is “Wunderbar”! Actually, I have much more to say about this incredible wine.
The color was floating between dark apricot and fire opal. I inhaled a beautiful floral bouquet that promised a positive synergy with my taste buds. The wine was a delicate blend of fruits including peach, apple, pear and apricot. It was most pleasing to the palate and filled my mouth with perfectly balanced acidity. This was a stunning wine and I savored every last drop.
Now I am off to the physical therapist to build up my wrist again so that I can begin knitting!
Have a great day!
It’s hot and humid. This is definitely a day to stay hydrated with water and be low key.
I think that I might attempt a little knitting later on today. I want to see if my wrist can handle the movement. I have a few ideas in mind for some projects and am anxious to get started.
I did want to talk about a few outstanding wines that I sampled lately, but I’m feeling way too lethargic to even type! I feel as though I’m on a tropical island where I need to move ever so slowly so as not to disturb the air thickness that surrounds me.
And now I must retreat to a cool spot and ponder my post for tomorrow.
Since I am banned from knitting for another week or two, I thought I would share a poem that I wrote quite a few years ago. Although I’m not describing or reviewing a particular wine in this poem, it does evoke an experience. Use your imagination and enjoy…
I opened a bottle of wine tonight
and poured you into a goblet.
You were the color of rubies
and rich Victorian secrets.
You smelled of the earth with
the promise of pleasure to come.
I brought you to my lips inhaling your sweet essence.
You entered my mouth, lingering there for a moment,
then slowly slid down my throat.
Thirsty for more of you, I took you again.
This time I allowed all of you to sate me with your exotic flavors.
I could no longer control myself.
Glass after glass you erupted inside me.
And now my bottle is empty.
My greed and passion have consumed you.
Perhaps, I shall choose Champagne next time.
A few nights ago while going through my wine inventory, I stumbled upon a bottle of 1995 Il Cavaliere Chianti Rufina Riserva. I should have been focusing on yarns and sketching a few designs. However, my “broken wrist” led me to the wine cabinet instead.
What was I to do? Well, I opened it of course…and it was a good decision. The color was in between ruby and garnet. It’s fruity bouquet hinted of cherries, blackberry and plum. It was dry but subdued and delicate, with a very pleasing finish. It definitely aged well!