I wish I was on the boat featured on the label sailing away into the sunset. I would pour myself a glass of wine and get lost in the waves of the ocean thinking about life. And with each sip, there would be an encouragement of epiphany eventually bringing my heart and mind together to make peace. All would be right with the world outside and the world within.
Enough day dreaming, back to the vino!
I remember the first time I had Sauvignon Blanc, it was love at first sip. It was lush with hints of Guava, Passion Fruit and Grapefruit. Admittedly, it was more of the Guava aroma that made me swoon; making me remember all the exotic and delicious fruits I grew up eating as a child in my beautiful homeland of Guyana. This particular wine wasn’t as aromatic as I was hoping it would be. Slight citrus taste, mild acidity, light and crisp; overall satisfying. Abv: 13.5%
Wasn’t there a National Wine Day sometime in February?
No complaints here, bring on the vino-with a generous pour please!
Since it was a special day and the weather had me feeling summertime fine, I decided to swap out my normal Sauvignon Blanc for a bottle of Chenin Blanc. I know…I like to live dangerously!
What caught my eye about this particular bottle was the blend of Viognier. I had this chilling for a little bit before I broke the seal. Just one sip and I knew it would be a staple for the summer months. Beautiful golden color and aromatic with melon and floral notes. A little acidic taste but all around enjoyable.
This was a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. I purchased this for a little under $11 (my memory is a work in progress-apologies!)
Chenin Blanc is often recommended if you like Chardonnay. Chardonnay isn’t my go to wine, but that’s because I never gave it a fair chance (something I plan to remedy)
Glassware: Royal Albert Doulton Old Country Roses Wine Glass Goblet
Wine: Pine Ridge 2014 Chenin Blanc Viognier (pineridgevineyards.com)
The entire cork reads as:
“In water one sees one’s own face; but in wine one beholds the heart of another.”
Featured on a bottle of Old Vine Zinfandel (2013) made by Bogle Vineyards
I don’t know why the simple words on this cork just tugged at my heart strings. I imagine this is the kind of wine you would sip slowly (cautionary of the 14.5 % abv) holding it up to admire the dark ruby hues illuminate next to a crackling fire as you try to keep warm on a cold and rainy night. Is it the fire that warms you so or the wine that warms your soul?