Enjoy the holiday weekend…eat…drink…laugh…love!
Yesterday was a feast of food, drink, family, friends, love and laughter! We should all strive to celebrate and enjoy each other more often without the backdrop of a holiday.
No sooner had my guests bid their goodbyes, when an unexpected visitor stopped by for a cognac (Hennessy VSOP) and a slice of pie. His sense of humor and warm heart was just what I needed to end a perfect day!
Have a great start to the weekend! I know that I will!
The snow is coming down and it’s a winter wonderland!
I’m pretending that I’m in Miami and am baking Key Lime pies.
I want to tell you about the wine I had the other evening at my dinner party. One of my guests brought a few bottles of 2005 Chateau de Sancerre Rouge. This is their first vintage that is available in the U.S., which is quite something considering that the Chateau has been making Pinot for almost 90 years!
The wine was the color of cherries and had aromas of spice and berries. It had a classic Pinot taste…cherries, licorice and spice. It was smooth and easy to drink. A nice finish with the taste of cherry jam lingering in my mouth was all the dessert that I needed.
I must complete my pies and start preparing for the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow!
As we brace ourselves for the first big snowstorm of the season, I have been sketching and planning the next knitting project. I hope to begin it over the weekend.
I gave a “birthday” bottle of wine to a friend of mine a few months ago. In a gesture of true friendship he brought it over to share with me last evening. Of course, I begged him to save it, but I was secretly thrilled to taste it.
So, let me tell you about Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri DOC 2009. It was amazing! It is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. He oxygenated and decanted the wine, which was the color of very dark rubies. It had aromas of blackberry, raspberry and black currants. I tasted dark berries, spices and licorice. This wine was vibrant yet light at the same time. Soft tannins and a long finish made for a joyous birthday celebration…again. By the way, did you know that Sassicaia means “the place of many stones,” and refers to the region’s gravel soil? http://www.tenutasanguido.com
Now I must make my grocery list for Thanksgiving.
Have a great day!
Lovely dinner party last night. Very good wine! Will divulge all soon!
Busy, busy, busy! Must run!
The sun is shining and I’m gearing up for some outdoor fun.
But first, let me share a wine story with you. A close friend of mine told me he wanted to make a dish that required some white wine. He went into his extensive wine cellar and pulled out a 2003 Laboure-Roi, Pouilly-Fuisse “Vallon d’Or to use in his creation. This 100% Chardonnay is from one of the best known names in Burgundy.
Here are his thoughts upon first opening it…”very drinkable, but…clearly not itself. The slight, but distinct personality of “wine-going-bad” makes a constant appearance through the not-so-long lasting vulnerable light-hearted Pouilly Fuisse.”
After letting the wine sit for 45 minutes or so, he took another taste and “put thumbs down on it”. It definitely didn’t hold the flavor as when he first opened the bottle…not so good…and not surprising. However, he happily reported that his recipe with the wine in it was scrumptious!
I don’t think that I will be opening any wines this evening just to add to my recipes as I prepare for guests…I’m only opening wine to drink!
Have a great Saturday!
It was a long day yesterday filled with business, angst and trying to put out a fire or two.
So, it was a welcome invitation at the end of the day to have dinner and a martini with a friend. We dined on mussels, pasta and salad. Yum.
Since I didn’t drink any wine last night (much to my companion’s dismay), I will continue my review of Long Shadow wines.
2012 Pirouette…a lovely Bordeaux-style Blend that is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Petit Verdot. It was rich in color with aromas of black cherry, plum and spice. Intense flavors of dark berries and licorice, with hints of mocha, coffee bean and vanilla contributed to its long finish. This is an impressive wine with a lot of depth. www.longshadows.com
Have a Happy Friday and pour something great tonight to start the weekend!
Since I have a busy day, I’ll keep this short and sweet!
Continuing with my reviews of Long Shadow wines, I’d like to talk about their 2012 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon. This 100% Cab is a terrific wine. This is a classic Cab that is rich with lots of character. Blackberry, plum and spices were the prominent aromas as well as tasting them. Hints of licorice and tarragon accented the long finish. www.longshadows.com
As I toasted the cocktail hour last evening with my friend and Stoli, he groused about his recent life events…and I thought about the wine bottle being half full!
Life is short…so I will leave you with two quotes. (not mine).
“YOU are CONFINED only by the WALLS you build YOURSELF”
“Whatever you want to do, do it. There are only so many tomorrows”
It has been a marathon kind of day so far. I’m just catching my breath.
However, I am happy to report that I finished my knitting project. It is a warm and snuggly poncho. I still need to block it, but here is a photo for your viewing. My fingers need a little down time and then I’m on to the next project. Click on the image for a closer look.
The other evening a friend stopped by and I opened a bottle of 2011 Cantele Primitivo, IGT Salento. It was the color of garnets. I inhaled cherries, spice and a touch of floral. On the palate were soft tannins, raspberry, cherry and a hint of coffee beans. I had not heard of Primitivo grape before and neither had my friend who is a wine journalist. It’s always nice to taste a grape variety that is new to the palate! The Primitivo grape is grown in the southernmost part of Puglia surrounded by the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. http://www.cantelewines.com