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Day 114: Sisters . . .

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Middle SisterSisters come in all shapes and sizes – they come in blood form and soul form, and tonight’s blog is a tribute to all of the above.  You see, Jean comes from a family of 6 – yep, all are sisters . . . she’s number 5.  Brian comes from a family of 5  with 3 siblings being sisters, Brian’s older brother and then Bamn–three in a row, and at the tail end, Brian – so, in a way he could be the Middle Sister.  As mentioned, Sisters are a universal gift from above – God gave us sisters to remind us how much He loves us and knows that we need companionship of the female version.

Jean would attest to the fact that she is blessed not only with 5 blood sisters, but more that she can count “sistas” of the soul version.  Having female friends ranks right up there with chocolate and a warm blanket on a cold night.  She only hopes that Daughter #1 and Daughter #2 realize how lucky and blessed they are to have each other – nothing is better than a sister.

Tonight’s wine is brought to you by the letter “M” – as in Misty.  Misty gave this wine to Jean as part of her Secret Angel gift at work.  Misty is a self-admitted “not wine drinker” – well, she is to extent that she thinks that Boone’s Farm is a ”varietal” – there is so much work to be done with her.  Regardless, she (Misty) stepped out of her comfort zone and purchased the wine we are tasting tonight.  Did you know that birth order is commonly believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development? We did. And that is why we have dedicated tonight’s wine to the sister in the middle – the one who always seems to have a personality of her own and steals the show. Not everyone has a wine named especially just for her. Some people are just born lucky!  In spite of the mantra about the “abused middle child”, we believe that the middle child—the middle sister, has  certain aura about her that makes her a family favorite.  We can only guess, but it seems to be true given our family dynamics!!!

This wine–well, it’s a fruity blend from the nose to the glass and from the glass to the lips.  It’s quite a blend–38% Zinfandel, 34% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 2% mixed red varietals.  WOW, what a blend.  It’s one of the most fascinating parts about writing this blog, we’ve learned about a significant number of delicious blends. . .and we have the opportunity to write about them!  This wine smells like ripe red and dark berry fruits like plum, blueberry and blackberry. Sassy dash of black and white pepper with a dollop of creme de cassis.   We enjoyed it with grilled salmon, grilled potatoes in dijon mustard sauce and sauteed vegetables . . . a perfect combination with the  wine of the night!!!!!!  And, while it’s a very young wine, it has the properties to become big, bigger and biggest!  This is what we are here for!!

You’re not going to set any hearts on fire with this wine, BUT you will have a smile on your face for making the investment.  There are SO many wines in  this category that it is difficult to decide which wine to buy.  Blends are a bit of a crap-shoot, and because we’ve tasted a fair share of them, let the force be with Misty and the tasting be with wine lovers!  After a long afternoon and an early evening–let’s remember why this wine is so popular–a great nose, a delicious taste and a finish that keeps on going.

So, as the Christmas holidays running down the path and irregardless of where you are in the “order” of your family – hugs to all our “sisters” out there, remember to enjoy a bottle of your favorite blend or varietal responsibly, and of course, please remember to recycle whenever possible.

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