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.
Ok, so who out there has kids and is a fan of Dora the Explorer? Ah – come on now . . . you can’t fib to us – we KNOW you love Dora. We mean, Dora is the BEST friend ever and she never, ever quits – – – because it’s always “the best day ever”. This festy youngin’ is always ready for an adventure – guess that comes along with wearing bright pink shorts. Whether she is swingin from the vines or waiting to give a helping hand, this pint size Indiana Jones is always on the go – thinking it is the purple backpack that gives her strength.
Sorry, we digress – today is just a regular ole Thursday leading into a Friday when means . . .WEEKEND (almost, but not quite, time to get giddy). Tonight we have a number of things rattling around in our brains, but will choose to rest on just a couple of them –
Major SO (shout out) to Dr. V and Kay . . . turns out someone (who is on vacy) and his sister in-law are spending some quality time imbibing in a glass or two on a regular basis and reading this here blog. Nice, nice, nice is just about all we can say! Oh, and enjoy the land of the Apple Blossom, Painted Turtle and Dwarf Lake Iris (see we did some research!) – looking forward to your return to the salt mines.
12 years ago we lost Brian’s Dad, Hugh – he was a wonderful man and sorely missed by family and friends. A glass was raised in his honor.
Tonight we decided to open a bottle of 2011 Malbec from Xplorador. So, these wines go waaay back – like 1883 way back. A fella named Don Melcher Concha y Toro started messin’ with french bordeaux grapes in the valleys of Chili – ok, a lot more to the story . . . but you’ll have to read for yourselves. But let’s just say – they really know how to produce great wines in Argentina and we really enjoy the fruits of their labor.
We picked this little number up at one of the newest Twin Liquors – used to be The Main in Kerrville owned by good friends Peter and Cynthia – but, Twin came in made them a great offer and the rest is history . . . this wine was less than $12 on clearance and turned out to be quite the bargain.
After popping the cork and noticing the deep red color, we just knew we were in for a our own “explore”. The nose tempted us with it’s fruity invitation to dive right in – so, we did. The fruity and ever so smooth palate double dog dared us to savor a sip or two – so, we did. The finish told us this wine had been aged in oak and lingered long enough to make an impression and tell us to go back for seconds – so, we did. This was really a delightful wine and will definitely be added to the Bondy Deck Wine List – might even break into the top 10 list. We paired it with sautéed vegetables and pasta – great combination.
Drinking this wine is just another reminder that we need to get to Argentina and enjoy some of the wonderful wines they produce . . . definitely on the bucket list. Will just have to make a point to get there one of these days. Perhaps like Dora, we will don pink shorts and purple backpacks and head out – knowing it will be a wonderful “explore”.
So, as we round third and head towards home – hope it’s been a great week so far for you – has been an eventful one for us . . . but aren’t they all. Have a good one and as always, remember to enjoy responsibly and recycle whenever possible.
For some reason sharing a glass or two of wine with good friends enhances the flavor – no matter how questionable the vintage may be – with friends wine tastes better! Today, we got a text from our good friends Pat and Liz urging us to come to Kerrville for lunch and a visit not only with them, but expectant parents Elaine and Sam (aka Pat and Liz’s daughter and son-in-law in from the Dallas area). A quick glance at our social calendar revealed we were available – so once our chores were done for the day into the jeep we hopped and off we went. We must admit the drive between San Marcos and Kerrville is a nifty one – about 1.5 hours, but a drive of hills, twists and turns. We could take the highway, aka 35 – but nope, we enjoy the back roads. It was a grand day once the sun warmed up – we didn’t take the top off the jeep until our return trip. Beautiful night – deep blue sky that morphed into a wonderful display of stars – a bit chilly, but nothing that the heater and a jacket couldn’t overcome.
The day was just plain grand – you see, Elaine and Sam have announced they will become parents in October. Loving these two the way we do makes us feel that we are adding to our family and will be grandparents yet again (for the record, Elaine has two sisters with wee ones that we consider our grandkids – that would be McKenzie and Noah – isn’t it great that we have grandchildren without Daughter #1 and #2 having kids!). Sitting on the patio embracing the sun makes for a glorious day – add in a fantastic spread for lunch and one can honestly say – it doesn’t get much better than this.
Grandpa Pat pulled out a super wine from Argentina – not sure if in honor of Pope Francis or the fact that he and Liz will be travelling there for a vacation later this week. Regardless of the reason – the bottle retrieved from the BRWC (Big Red Wine Cabinet) was a 2008 Clos de los Siete and was a wonderful wine from fifty miles south of the city of Mendoza. From what we can gather, the valley of Tunuyan feels less like a valley and more like a vast, kneeling supplicant to the immediate, looming bulk of the Northern Andes mountains. Though the valley floor is massive — sweeping away from the jagged, snow capped peaks in every possible direction as if it were trying to get out of the way of their falling bulk — you never get the sense that it is very flat. No matter where you stand, the world seems to be constantly tipping up towards (or down away from, as the case may be) the peaks above, leaving the uneasy feeling that somehow if you stopped walking or closed your eyes for a moment, you’d fall over — nudged off balance by a world pushed aside by the Andes.
Dark, opaque ruby in color, this wine has a nose of blackberry, cherry, and a nice complement of slate – ok, what does slate taste like you may ask – well . . . it adds a bit of mineral taste – enhances the wine flavor. In the mouth, this wine continued the combination of cherry and blackberry that while enjoyable weren’t too overpowering. The finish wasn’t overally long – but long enough to make an appearance and remind us that it was there. Overall this was just a fun little wine – went well with the ribs, beans and coleslaw that Liz “threw” together.
We are hoping that during their upcoming trip that Partick and Liz will visit the region that this wine came from and perhaps find out more about its origin and possible bring home one or two new wines for us to try. But, we have to admit – it was a fun little wine that we will have to add to the “do over list” – you know, the list of wines that we are gonna have to try again.
As we close up for the night, we can’t say enough about those special people we care so much about – we are blessed with wonderful family members and a few dear close friends – both segments are high on our list of just plain special people . . . look around, bet you’ve got a few around you as well!
Ok, enough for tonight – have a super evening and remember to enjoy responsibly and recycle whenever possible!