Hockey season is under way. And, when the name Wayne Gretsky, is mentioned you might conjure up images of this fabulous hockey pro having played 20 seasons in the NHL! However, I don’t think that wine would be part of that image.
Last night I tasted No 99 (his # and also the year that he retired) Wayne Gretsky 2012 Cabernet from Sonoma County. Yes…he owns a winery and is producing wines in CA and BC.
This smooth cab had black cherry, blackberry and a hint of oak on the nose. It was well balanced with pepper, anise and soft fruit on the palate. It had a short finish. For more info on this winery, visit: http://www.gretzkyestateswines.com/
Now I need to choose a wine for Game 3 of the World Series this evening. What will you be drinking this weekend?
My day started with baking pumpkin bread. My home was filled with the aroma of sweet spice, the leaves were gently falling outside and I was ready to embrace Autumn.
The bread was delicious. Although I am known for my pumpkin muffins, I have to say that the bread was a contender for first place!
A few nights ago, I tasted a terrific wine from Okanagan Valley British Columbia. It was a 2012 Mission Hill Pinot Noir Reserve. We decanted the bottle and enjoyed it throughout the evening. It was the color of garnets and had layers of berries and spice on the nose. We tasted black cherry, raspberry, anise and a hint of vanilla. I thought this was an elegant wine that improved with each passing hour. http://www.missionhillwinery.com
I should have a photo of my knitting project to show you by tomorrow!
It is another hot and humid day here. I’m running from meetings to appointments all day.
However, I do want to pause for a moment and tell you about the wine I had last evening.
I opened a bottle of 2012 Jackson-Triggs Reserve Shiraz from the Okanangan Estate Collection, BC. I tasted dark cherry, plum, spicy pepper and licorice. Its low alcohol content of 13.5% is unusual for a Shiraz. California Shiraz is much higher in alcohol content. Also, this wine drinks more like a Pinot Noir. The flavors are well integrated and the longer the wine sat, the more pronounced the pepper and licorice became. It was an enjoyable wine with a nice finish. http://www.jacksontriggswinery.com
The wine went well with the arctic char and vegetables! My host is an excellent cook!
I hope to show you the progress I’ve made with my knitting project tomorrow.
It was a very busy day…lots of driving around…several appointments…more driving…more appointments, etc.
I finally had a break in the day to sit with a very sweet friend, have lunch and catch up on life. Knowing my passion for wine, she and her husband gave me 3 outstanding bottles from their recent trip to BC. How nice is that? As I said…a very sweet friend!
I don’t know which wine to open first! But rest assured, I will be sharing my tasting notes with you when I do.
The cocktail hour is almost here. Time to fly.