The weekend has arrived again! I had to work yesterday on my day off, as one of my employees had a family emergency, so it was nice when the workday was finally over!
I had a friends dinner date on Thursday night at a new pho restaurant in town. So simple and so delicious! It’s so nice to be able to eat in a restaurant again. We followed it up with a walk to the University, since it is now light out later in the evening.
Friday night I took a long walk in the Arboretum, and then back down through the University. It’s so nice to have this wooded park just a few blocks from my front door. Afterwards, I tried a new Raspberry Lemonade canned wine. It was ok; not great, not terrible.
Today I had to do the unpleasant task of buying a new washer. Why are these things so expensive and why oh why can they not make quality things the way they used to? In my first house, the dishwasher was 42 years old and still worked fine. You are lucky if you get 7 years out of an appliance these days. But I am now the proud owner of a brand new Speed Queen top loading washing machine with exactly no bells and whistles, which is exactly how I think it ought to be. Hopefully it will last…
To reward myself for getting this chore done, I went to the Lost Giants cidery and got a 6-pack of their new Passionfruit Guava cider. It is soooo good!
Day 9 in the Wine Advent Calendar was a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Chile was where I learned to love wine, sampling the local selections when I lived there so long ago.
This Sauvignon Blanc was made from grapes from Chile’s Valle Central (Central Valley) and was crisp and acidic, with flavors of pineapple and nectarine. It had 12.5% ABV and was a very nice, dry white. One of my favorites!
My wine for Day 8 was a Merlot from Chile’s Valle Central region. This is the only international wine region I’ve been to, so I knew I was in for a treat. Chile was where I learned to love wine, and they have so many good ones for affordable prices!
I don’t drink much Merlot, and I thought this one was relatively soft and fruit forward, despite the bottle description saying it was full bodied. I tasted black cherry and ripe raspberry, with medium tannins. It had 13% ABV, and it was delicious!
I love Rose – I was excited to see a rose included in my wine advent calendar!
Unfortunately, this was not the dry rose I have come to love. This California rose was more reminiscent of the syrupy, overly sweet White Zinfandels that were a staple of the 1980s. Honestly, I drank this one very slowly, and had a hard time finishing it.
The description on the bottle was of strawberry and juicy watermelon, which seemed accurate, but it was like drinking a runny, strawberry syrup.
You can’t win them all – it still looked pretty in it’s picture!
Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t my favorite grape. Or maybe the grape is fine, but it’s what most winemakers do with the grape. I’ve found that so many Cabernet Sauvignons are aged in heavy oak, and the wine leaves you feeling like you just chewed on a 2×4…
So I wasn’t that excited to find this little bottle, but I was pleasantly surprised! This Cabernet wasn’t over-oaked, and had nice flavors of black cherry and tobacco.
At 13% ABV it was a fairly light Cab, and one I would certainly drink again.
Immediately upon opening, we were met with bold, rich, berry flavors. We both loved it! Zinfandel is often a robust wine and this one was no different. It is a fairly heavy hitter at 14% ABV, but the balance of the fruit flavors and a light oak made this easy to sip.
My mother, as my most loyal reader, pointed out that I must not have liked the advent calendar’s day 2 wine… The Shiraz… Cardboard? I mean, I didn’t like it at first, but thankfully it opened up after 20 minutes or so and redeemed itself!
Unlike Day 2, Day 3’s Pinot Grigio was delicious right from the first sip. Golden delicious apple flavors at first, finishing with a tart lemon on the finish. Both Tiffany and I really enjoyed it – a definite crowd pleaser!
It was 12.5% ABV and a product of Italy, from the Terre Siciliane region.
It’s December! You know what that means? Wine advent calendar time!
Tonight’s treat was a California Chardonnay. I’m not that big into Chardonnay, but I would choose a California Chardonnay over other regions. This one was balanced and light, with enough oak to satisfy those who love Chardonnay, and enough citrus acidity to satisfy me.
The wine is branded for the advent calendar, so figuring out the mystery of its origins is a bit tough, but the back of the bottle holds some clues. La Chapelle de Guinchay, a region in Eastern France; that must be where the grapes are grown. Bottled by Paul Sapin, a French winemaker. Imported into California and branded a California wine – does that mean that Paul Sapin has facilities in California?
At any rate, my little mini-bottle of Chardonnay hit the spot at 12.5% ABV, and a nice balance of oak, lemon and vanilla. Excellent when shared over video chat with my dear friend, enjoying the wine and catching up on life.