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Day 96: Pick Me Out a Winner, Bobby . . .

Peachy Canyon - Petite SirahAfter hearing a comment repeated by a number of our readers, we decided to take action.  Yep, a number of you have noted that we’ve hit a bit of a “bad spell” when it comes to our evening wine choice. So, we drew inspiration from one of our all time favorite movies “The Natural” and as Brian headed to “the shelf” to find a tasting for tonight he was urged on by Jean quoting Roy Hobbs telling bat boy Bobby Savoy to ” pick me out a winner, Bobby.”  As you’ve probably figured out by now there are a few “sacred cows” in the household – let’s see . . . dogs, the St. Louis Rams, the St. Louis Cardinals, Chopped, movies and of course – BASEBALL.  So, when you combine movies, baseball and to Jean’s delight, Robert Redford – you get the trifecta – yep, it just doesn’t get much better than that.  For the record, the addition of Glenn Close in the movie is an added bonus.  The movie is a classic – if you haven’t seen it, you should – if you have seen it, watch it again.  There are such wonderful movies lines – and not to mention, Robert Redford.

Truth be told, we think there is a perfect movie line for almost any situation – think about it.  What can you say when something you do goes a bit too far over the top – “think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch“.  What do you say when a project is larger than you expected – “think you’re gonna need a bigger boat.” What do you say when somebody just doesn’t get what you are explaining to them – “what we have here is a failure to communicate.”  Enough already – you get the picture – and a prize of a great bottle of wine to the first person who can name all three movies.  So next time you encounter a situation of any kind – stop and try to come up with a movie line to sum up the situation.

As usual, we digress – so on to tonight’s “winner”.  Knowing we needed something good – we went back to an old standby – Paso Robles – one of our favorite wineries from both our first trip to Paso AND our second trip was from Peachy Canyon.  Tonight’s wine is a 2010 Petite Sirah and we have to tell you . . . this wine is NOT for the faint of heart.  It’s as big and bold as they come, and as much as we enjoyed it, this one could lay down for another two or three years and be even better.  There is lots of oak on the nose, which if you love those big, oaky wines, you’ll absolutely love this one.  If you don’t, well you may want to pass the bottle on to a friend.  You’ll get some nice cherry fruit on the front of your palate . . . and you’ll definitely finish with it as well.  We noticed that the longer the bottle was opened, the sweeter the cherry taste.  If you like spice,  you’ll love this Petite Sirah.  If you like fruit, you’ll like this Petite Sirah.  If you like a dark, inky purple color that is thick with juice, you’ll love this Petite Sirah.

The bad news is that this wine (the 2010 vintage) is priced above our threshold for preferred wines . . . at about $30 a bottle.  The good news is that you can find Peachy Canyon Petite Sirah at Gabriel’s Outlet in San Marcos for less than $25 a bottle and it’s an older vintage!  We’re big fans of Peachy Canyon; their Zinfandels rock and this year we’re also going to be tasting their 2011 Viognier.  A winner . . . picked out – not by Bobby – but by Brian (who does bear a resemblance to Robert Redford in Jean’s eyes)!  Until tomorrow, “turn out the lights, the party’s over…”

No matter who picks out the winner or what your favorite wine may be, please remember to enjoy it responsibly and recycle whenever possible.


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Day 93: A Great Day . . .

costasera amaroneWe write today with a lot of positive vibes.  We recently finished painting our living room/dining room and together with the our entry way, the house we’ve been renting for the past almost 18 months is starting to look like, well, a house!  On top of this, was an awesome overtime victory by the St. Louis Rams against division foes and an all around “too much exposure” team from San Francisco.  Our love for the Rams goes back a long time – we pause to remember the Championship Season of 1999 and the incredible Super Bowl 34 against the Jeff Fisher coached, Tennessee Titans.  It’s pure poetry to see Coach Fisher roaming the sidelines at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis now as the Rams head coach! Being fans of pro football, today’s overtime win was SWEET not only because the Rams won, but because they beat the dreaded 49ers . . . at home . . . on the heels of a tie in San Francisco – and because their QB “controversy” got WAY, WAY too much publicity.   As the guys at Sports Center say on Monday nights – “C’mon, Man!!!”  We have two words for those who doubt – – – GO RAMS!

So late this afternoon, Kris and Veronique stopped by the house on their way home to Kerrville from all over Texas with a bottle of wine from Italy.  No, they hadn’t visited Italy, but had been given this wine as a gift and wanted to share it with us – WOW, such nice friends.  Who are WE to turn down such generosity.  We’ve visited with Kris on numerous occasions and no doubt most have heard of her commitment to the American Red Cross for the Hill Country Chapter.  Few, if any, folks we know have the drive and passion that Kris does in her position and on top of that, she’s a great friend, football fan and  – – University of Michigan fan!!

We opened this 2006 Costasera Amarone with one thought in mind – it needs time to open!  However, being kindred spirits, we not only opened the wine but also made sure we used our Vinturi to help aerate the wine.  We were rewarded with a beautiful and complex sample of wine.  The earthiness was evident from the beginning along with an amazing scent of anise.  If you like licorice . . . you’d love the nose of this wine.  It continued to open with scents of black cherry, leather and earthy soil.  The color on this classic was a dark purple – very inky and thick.  It was beautiful to look at in the glass as each swirl released more and more fragrance!  The taste was magnificent–although it was better later than at the beginning.  The fruit was prevalent on the front, mid and finish – the cherry taste lasted a long, long time.  Wines like this Amarone are meant to be enjoyed with food or with friends, and since Kris and Veronique needed to head back to Kerrville, we enjoyed it with friends!!  A delicious wine – on a terrific day.

After a weekend of painting and football, it’s nice to finish the weekend on a positive note.  We’ve enjoyed some great weather, some terrific wine and gotten a few things done around the house that we’ve been meaning to do for a long time.  We suspect that there are plenty of you out there who feel the same way – nothing better than getting things done that have been on your “honey-do” list for a long time.  We hope that you’ve been able to get things done this weekend as well.

So as the new week is in sights, we hope that you’ll continue to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and please remember to recycle whenever possible.