What do you do when the weather turns fierce, and you’re stuck indoors for two-and-a-half days?
A couple of weeks ago, my area was blessed with 30 inches of snow. Not an event that occurs frequently in my town, it brought things to a screeching halt. Everything, I mean everything shut down. I’ll give the meteorologists their kudos, we were forewarned. So I put together a plan to wile away the hours by watching movies on my bucket list and enjoying some wine along with them. I’m happy to say that is precisely what I did! I ended up watching 5 movies and binge-watching a couple of TV shows to boot. As for the wines, I started with a California Cabernet from Artisan Winery on the evening the storm arrived.
Notes: This was a dark Cab with scents of earth, pepper, currant and cedar. It was medium-bodied with good acidity and fairly light tannins for the varietal. Alcohol was at 13.9%. It was a very flavorful wine. I’d call it “fruit forward” with flavors of dark berries along with notes of cedar, pepper, tobacco, and a hint of dry herbs. It also came across a little sweeter than it’s 13.9% alcohol would suggest. The finish was nice and long for a wine in this price range. I liked it. Made a nice wine to enjoy on it’s own, but I’m sure it will pair nicely with a variety of dishes.
I have to be honest: when I first started drinking wine, I didn’t particularly care for Pinot Grigio. I think that may well have been because – as my wine-tasting palate was unaccustomed to finding the flavors in a wine – it was easier to detect the bigger, bolder, badder flavors in a Chardonnay, for example. Now that I’ve had some years of sipping experience and exploration, I find myself enjoying many different varieties and styles of wine for what they bring to the table – whether a big mouthful of craziness or a more restrained expression of flavor. Thus, I’ve made my peace with Pinot Grigio and the lighter whites. In fact, I think I drink more PG than Chardonnay these days!
Notes: At 13.9% alcohol, this Artisan PG can truly be considered dry. It was characteristically light-bodied with nice bright acidity and a lovely lemon yellow in the glass. Flavors I detected were tart citrus, toasty oak and some hints of spice. It was a simple wine but enjoyable. I can imagine it would make a nice choice to accompany a light meal – an entree salad?