Before I become immersed in the evening festivities, I wanted to share a little of what Santa Claus gave me this year…traditional and unusual. A few of the gifts were a bottle of 2010 Amarone Tommasi, decadent chocolates, a lovely pair of earrings and a lamp made out of a wine bottle.
The Amarone is in my wine rack waiting for a special occasion. I’m wearing the earrings and the lamp is in my living room. My friend made the lamp using his own bottle and a lamp kit purchased at a hardware store. However, for all you wine lovers looking for something ready made, wine bottle lamps can be purchased at many online stores, including two shops on Etsy.com called KristinzKustomz and BranchingOut TLC
Speaking of wine…. I had a spectacular wine last evening. It was a 2012 Two Hands Shiraz Bella’s Garden Barossa Valley. This Australian wine was perfect in every way. Dark garnet in color, it had dark berry preserves, spice and cassis on the nose. It was full-bodied with the flavor of cherry, plum, dark chocolate, licorice and spice. Soft tannins and a lengthy finish gave this wine a hearty cheer from all! http://www.twohandswines.com
It has been a few days since last posting. There has been so much activity and not much time to write anything. Before I hit the road, I’ll take a quick moment to tell you about a wine I had the other evening.
The wine was a 2012 Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Ripasso. This Corvina blend had fruity aromas of cherry and plum with hints of chocolate. It had intense fruit on the palate with blackberry, cherry and mocha to finish. The wine went well with a variety of cheeses and carried through to all the main dishes. It is an affordable and very drinkable wine without having to spend a lot of $$.
I expect to be drinking a “big” wine this evening! I’ll be back!
After making my famous pumpkin muffins yesterday, the house was filled with the sweet aroma of spice. One friend after the other came over for a beer, vodka or glass of wine. My home was bursting with good cheer!
I want to extend that cheer to all of you! Merry Christmas! Enjoy your day, whatever you may be doing!
I’m doing a quick check-in to say hello.
The last few days have been quite busy. Friends have stopped by for cocktails and vice versa. I attended an “NHL Hockey Marathon” last night. (So many games).
I didn’t drink any wines of late that are notable, but “Santa” told me that I will be enjoying some outstanding wines over the holiday! I can’t wait to “share” with you!
The highlight of yesterday was my visit with Marcus from Puppies Behind Bars. www.puppiesbehindbars.com. It never ceases to amaze me how much love can emanate from these sweet puppies.
I’m off and running again!
As hard as I’ve tried to block a few hours to do my arm knitting project, it just isn’t happening. I think that I have to give in to the holiday madness, social obligations, travel, etc.
My posts may be sporadic over the next week or so, but I will share wine tastings, food and travel with you when I can.
It’s all about serendipity!
With all the weekend activity, I had no chance to post anything. So, here it is, Sunday...
and the Winter Solstice! Soft snowflakes are dropping from the sky to celebrate the day.
Last night a friend came over for dinner. In addition to other gifts, he brought a bottle of Amarone, but I didn’t open it. The gift-wrapping is too pretty! I’m going to wait until the holidays are over before unwrapping it and popping the cork!
We decided to open a Familia Marguery 2012 Casa Malbec. This delicious wine from Mendoza, Argentina was dark ruby with cherry, pomegranate and blackberry on the nose. It was dense and lively with flavors of dark cherries, plum and black pepper. The finish was spicy. Thumbs up!
I’m heading out to a holiday brunch…enjoy the day!
After a very quick lunch with my friend yesterday, I had hopes of beginning and ending my knitting project. Unfortunately, I never found the two hour window.
My afternoon flew by quickly with tending to business and other distracting minutia.
Before I knew it, cocktail hour was fast approaching. And what better way to start the weekend, than to have an ice-cold Grey Goose martini with a friend or two!
I’m looking forward to a very busy weekend filled with cooking, good wine, great friends and a little work thrown into the mix!
Here is a toast to the weekend!
I’m looking for a two hour window so that I can do my “arm knitting” project. Once I begin, I won’t be able to stop until it is completed. My arms and hands will be all tied up with yarn! This will be interesting…
Last night I shared a great meal with some friends and opened a bottle of 2010 Villa Mattielli Amarone della Valpolicella. Yum! The wine was decanted and allowed to sit for about 45 minutes. It had dark berries and spice on the nose. The wine was rich and smooth with notes of dark cherry, clove, red currants, a hint of white chocolate and oak. Soft tannins and jam gave this a very nice finish. I’m extremely happy that I have a few more bottles of this terrific wine!
Enjoy the day!
I went on a car trip with a friend recently to Rhinebeck, NY, a quaint town filled with lots of history.
Right in the middle of the village is America’s Oldest Operating Inn…The Beekman Arms, built in 1766. So, we decided to have brunch at The Tavern.
We walked through the Colonial Tap Room into the Wine Cellar of the Tavern. It was an interesting setting to say the least! It was a cozy room with brick walls and exposed beams. The food was fair, but the atmosphere of the restaurant made up for it. Ironically, I didn’t drink any wine!
I started my knitting project, but was unhappy with it. So, I’ve decided to try “arm knitting” for this particular project. I will actually use my hands and arms to knit…no needles! I’ve never done this before, so I’m quite excited about it. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to drink a glass of wine while knitting this way! Photo is courtesy of Vickie Howell.
Wine review tomorrow!
I’m taking today to try and catch up on all that I’ve been neglecting. Since my time is limited, I’d like to jump right into telling you about a wine that I had the other evening.
I tasted a 2006 Rutherford Hill Merlot from Napa. This ruby colored wine had cherry, raspberry, mocha and a hint of herbs on the nose. It was smooth on the palate with flavors of ripe fruit, sage and mocha. It had a delightful cherry finish. The Rutherford Hill Winery was founded in 1972 and is a pioneer in the development of Merlot. Check them out! http://www.rutherfordhill.com
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the “wine cellar” that I dined in.
I might even have a photo for you of my knitting project…or not!