I mentioned in my last post, we’ve taken a stepped approach to our tree decoration this year. Not because that’s what we wanted, but because our schedules were so crazy this year we weren’t able to do otherwise.
The first two steps were 1) buying and setting the tree in it’s stand (centering, leveling, etc.); 2) applying strands of lights and the tree topper. Having managed to put the lights on successfully (in our opinion, anyway), the third step was the placement of the individual decorations a few days later.
Here, my sweetie and I have a very different view of what success looks like. I have a tendency to favor a purposeful placement of baubles closer to the trunk or “inside” as well as near the end of branches. This, of course, comes to me from my parents’ training and perhaps suits my temperament as well. My honey, on the other hand, favors the organic approach with placement of decorations in a more random, serendipitous way. You might call that a “natural” look. I suppose our viewpoints on tree decoration prove that we do, in fact, complement each other. I believe that’s true! Thus, (complementary or not) it is absolutely necessary that we both have a nice large block of time available together for the task. That normally means our tree gets decorated on a weekend.
To accompany stage three of our tree decorating, we chose to pop the cork on a California Meritage.
Varietal: Red Blend
Appellation: Paso Robles, CA
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: This Meritage consisted of 66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec. It’s color was a pretty, deep red. It’s nose contained dark berry scents, pine and a touch of earth. Medium-bodied with good acidity, the Roustabout had 13.9% alcohol. Flavors included a core of plum with tea leaf, spices, and woody tannins. I thought it was pleasant and would be a good pairing with a beef dish. At this price, that could be anything from a burger to Beef Stroganoff.