As the countdown to the final 40 days of Casa del Vino tick away, we’re reminded that not spending time with the ones we love is probably one of the most regretted things in our lives. As Jean covered the blog over the weekend while Brian was spending time with his Mom, it was all brought into focus. We’ve been extremely fortunate, even though we’ve each lost a parent, to spend some amazing time with our remaining parent. Jean’s Dad and Brian’s Mom have had the opportunities to watch our girls grow up, graduate from high school, one has graduated from college and the other isn’t too far behind. We stop and smile every time the girls get a moment to visit with these terrific people. . .their body of knowledge and wealth of life’s experiences keep us grounded in knowing that we still don’t know as much as we thought we did! We hope that as you enjoy your wine tonight or the next time you open a bottle that you can draw on the experiences of a close family member. Their eyes have seen things before us that we can only read about. Their ears have heard things that today can only be reproduced. Their hearts have been through more than ours and our kids’ combined. They are a treasure trove of memories. Stop and cherish them. . .and if you’ve got some strains in those relationships, now’s as good a time as any to patch them up. We’ve learned that their history is our history and their grandkids’ legacy. . .good stuff when you stop for a moment and soak it in!
Mondays are good days in that we get back into the swing of things after a weekend. . .and whether visiting family or staying home, when we’re off in different directions, it kind of messes up the ‘body clock’. We’re happy that the weekend was fruitful from a bigger family perspective, but very happy that the weekend is over and we’re back under the same roof. And so, while he was gone, Jean had some extreme success at Twin Liquors–finding some great closeouts and other deals for the tasting.
Tonight’s selection is a 2010 Spice Block Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. This wine exhibits noticeable flavors of blackberry, black cherry compote with a slight hint of mocha yielding a velvety finish of very fine and supple tannins refined by oak aging of 9 months. It had a very nice roasted aroma combined with an almost nutmeg scent. It’s dark purple color was beautiful to look at and swirl in the our glasses. This Spice Block Malbec is definitely suited to compliment grilled beef — which Argentina is so famous for! Unfortunately, we opted for tasting only tonight after a nice break at Garcia’s for tortilla soup, chips and queso and chicken fajita quesadillas! Oh well, so much for “perfectly” pairing food with wine!! As value-priced wines go, this Malbec has some chops! Priced around $12 a bottle, you’re going to find a wine that has very nice appeal now, and if you can hang on to it for another 6-9 months will probably be even better!
Love to be around family. Yes, we know that not everyone does. But, when you spend time around those who are related to you, you’ll be amazed at what you learn and who you’re related to! Family is the spice of life and we hope that you’ll shake some into yours every once in a while. When you share your favorite wine, you have a common denominator with those who are part of your world.
Enjoy your favorite wine responsibly (hopefully with family) and remember to recycle whenever possible.