Since most of our area seemed to be heading north today to enjoy some F1 racing – and Jean having experienced the traffic back ups first hand on Thursday and Friday – on a whim, we decided to head south and meet up with friends at Max’s in SA for a little brunch, wine tasting and walking through the brand new Trader Joe’s . . . even managing a stop at World Market near Selma. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we’re looking for wines to enjoy and wines to share with friends and family. We debated buying a case of “Two Buck Chuck” at Trader Joe’s, but just couldn’t pull the trigger – sorry family, you’ll have to drink some good stuff on Thursday. Today’s stops gave us opportunities to fulfill both!
As this blog continues to unfold, we have tried and are trying wines that we’d never have given a second thought about in the past. On the one hand, it’s pretty exciting to think that we can come up with 365 different choices to taste and write about, but on the other hand, it’s kind of intimidating to think about the unbelievable number of wines out on the market. Clearly, some days are better than others – not only in terms of the wine we chose but how it smelled, tasted etc. We know that we prefer red wines over white wines, but we’ve had a couple of killer white wines already and we know that there are several more in the queue. So, when days like today afford themselves to us, we keep looking for other options. Almost all of the wines that we have sampled and reviewed have been acceptable. Some not nearly as much, trust us, many have ended up down the drain. Even liking some of the wines, it’s kind of difficult to keep wine fresh for long periods of time.
Tonight’s wine is a 2009 A by Acacia – which is a blend from Acacia Vineyards of Napa, California. Of course, it’s a blend! 85% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 2% Grenache, 2% Petite Syrah and 1% Zinfandel – makes for a tasty wine. From the nose, we got hints of fruit, earth and spice, while on the palate, we discovered both bright fruit and a certain acidity. It had hints of strawberry, raspberry and dark cherry that really came to the forefront in the finish. The texture was soft, supple and, to a certain extent inviting. It was the kind of wine you’d want to break out over the holiday season. Even though the dominant grape is the Syrah, the others work well to balance the overall make up of the wine. We enjoyed it so much, we are thinking about bringing a bottle with us for Thanksgiving festivities. You can get a hold of this wine for under $15 a bottle . . . even less if you can find it on sale! So, it’s a nice blend at a good value – which, this time of year, is a good combination to find!
It’s always cool to visit with good friends; enjoy good food; sample good wine and enjoy a beautiful day – and stay away from traffic nightmares. Today we accomplished them all, and as we head towards the holidays, it reminds us to stop and enjoy the moment. Whether it’s spending time with friends or family or both, it’s a realization for us, once again, life is too short (to drink bad wine, as one dear friend would say). We enjoyed our trip to Trader Joe’s and our stop at World Market, and hopefully, we’ve identified one or two future blog wines with the stops we’ve made today.
As the evening unfolds, remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.