Hard to imagine living in an area where it rarely rains. After watching weather reports all winter of these monster (named) storms (Thank You Weather Channel), we wondered if our part of the world was ever going to see any measurable precipitation. Those who live in the west, midwest and certainly, northeast have been inundated (pardon the pun) with wet winter weather this year. Moisture in the winter time is the baseline for a spring growing season. . .more rain=a longer spring growing season. Less rain= a shorter spring growing season or in some cases, no growing season. As is the case here in San Marcos, the drought of 2011 had a profound affect on trees in this area. Numerous long-time growing live oak trees have died as a direct result of the drought. 2012 brought rain in the early part of the year followed by hot, dry temps in the summer. . .and virtually no rain in the fall. This winter has been drier and warmer than expected. . .similar to 2011. The impact? Again, more trees–stressed to the max–are showing signs of succumbing to Mother Nature’s wrath. And all the while, other parts of the country are buried in snowfall, have rain storm after rain storm to deal with and are greener than green heading into spring. Amazing
One of the wine regions of the country we have yet to visit it Washington State. And, before we started this blog, you could count the number of times we had Washington wines on our hands. Not so much! Since we started; however, we have tasted some amazing wines from that state and are really starting to enjoy trying new, tasty varietals. It also means that at some point, we’ve got to have a road trip to the Great Northwest! Until then, we’ll keep trying something different and, at least until August 31st, we’ll keep writing about them! And tonight’s wine is a wine that you will want to bookmark!! Oh, wait, that’s the name of it, tonight’s wine is the non-vintage Bookmark Red from J. Bookwalter Wines in Columbia Valley. This wine–available at H-E-B–is less than $12 a bottle and it’s worth every penny! The color, the nose, the taste, the finish–all of these are amazing for a wine in this price point. But beyond the technical aspects of the wine, it’s just plain nice to drink. We can see this as an everyday wine–you can serve it with big dishes or cheese and crackers, you can break it out for a party or keep it for a special evening. This is a versatile wine that–along with others–is why we’re doing this blog…to talk about wines that aren’t on most folks’ radar. Bookmark Red absolutely needs to be on your radar. . .hey, the price alone is a trigger for many wine lovers, but the taste–oh the taste, wow, what a cool wine!
The wine has toasty notes followed by espresso, chocolate, red fruit, dark fruit, and cracked pepper. The nose are attention getting indicating an oak program obviously intended for a much more expensive price point. And, as we mentioned before, the palate is soft and silky, lush, rich and fruit filled with ripe dark fruit and abundant chocolate flavors and a sweet, lingering finish. It’s a GREAT combination of grapes. . .33% Syrah, 31% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% mixture of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Roussanne. Seriously, have you ever tried a blend like this for a price like this? We didn’t think so. . .find out where it is in your local area and try Bookmark Red. It’s a wine worth noting. . .a wine worth bookmarking!
Please enjoy your favorite wines responsibly and remember to recycle whenever possible.