Here we are . . . 22 days until Christmas. That means that there are only 21 shopping days left. We were talking last night that you don’t see commercials for some of the classic Christmas ‘gifts’ anymore. Norelco – not sure if they’re even still in business – used to advertise their electric shaver with Santa riding down the ski slope on one of their razors . . . with the tagline, “Even our name (Noelco) says, ‘Merry Christmas’!” And, although we’re dating ourselves, we still remember Joe DiMaggio pitching the latest advancement in brewing coffee with the Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker. Now, they cost $9.99 at “Discount-Mart” BUT, you can get a one cup per portion, Keurig for ONLY $129. At Christmas, we rarely, if ever, saw car commercials. It was almost a joke to advertise a car for Christmas, so most of the automakers – back in the day – turned over the airwaves and the pages of print to consumer goods. Today, you’ve got “The Reason for the Season” Sales Event, the “December To Remember” Sales Event, the “Sign Then Drive” Sales Event . . . and countless others. Don’t know about you, but the thought of putting $30k or $40k into a Christmas present, well, it doesn’t ring our bell.
Wine . . . on the other hand, makes a terrific gift. It’s important to know your recipient – what they like and don’t like – but even winemakers’ offers can get out of hand. Gift baskets with cheeses and crackers and sausages and chocolates with a bottle of wine for ‘only’ $300. Nice. $20 worth of food items and a $50 bottle of wine . . . that’s a NICE basket! Sorry, sometimes we get just a bit cynical. What we do know is that as the years go by, we become less and less consumed with consumerism and more and more appreciative of friends, family, good food and good wine. What makes this kind of weird is that this now means that as the years go by, we’re becoming more and more like our parents – which is something we SWORE we’d never do! In the circle of life, everything does come back – some with more of an impact than others!
Well, tonight we were kind of at a loss as to which wine to sample and write about. Truth be told, the sample menu is getting a little thin, so we pulled out the one of the wines that we bought from Max’s Wine Dive in SA . . . it’s a 2009 Wire Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s from the same folks that brought us Guard Shack and Chain Gang Wines . . . and this wine is probably the best of the lot. It’s from their Paso Robles appellation and it’s aroma upon opening was pleasant, fruitful but with a hint of spices and kerosene. It warmed up very quickly and really turned fruit-forward. The taste was smooth, luscious and long-lasting. While we didn’t sample it with a specific meal; suffice it to say that we enjoyed it with some excellent snack items so theoretically, it should be terrific with beef, pork or salmon! Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any reviews, tasting notes, comments or other postings about this wine in any of our online research . . . which means, if you’re willing to go out on a limb and try something without proven appeal – then this is your opportunity. While we probably wouldn’t go out and buy a case of this wine, we wouldn’t mind having a bottle or two available for either enjoying on the deck or some other “special occasion”. At less than $22 a bottle, there are some better wines for less and some really bad wines for more!
We know that the holidays are about bringing the family together to share good times and memories. We also like to think that the holidays are about enjoying something you really like and sharing that with your closest loved ones. Hopefully, you’ll have some ideas of wines to try since after tonight we’ll have talked about 95 different wines. Thanks for catching up with us tonight and we’ll look forward to another tasting tomorrow.
Until then, please remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.