Merry Christmas! We are t-minus 4 days from the presents, squeals of excitement and merriment to come. In the meantime, let’s focus on what the adults want: a damn good bottle of wine and a creative way to repurpose one of your favorite bottles.
Let me back up for a minute. Our book/wine club met last Sunday and there were many good wines and stories that came out of this gathering. The first wine we tried was a Petite Sirah called Spellbound from Napa. Again, you cannot judge a wine if it is a twist top. Frankly, I’m getting tired of the cork getting stuck in the bottle due our defunct and overused wine opener at home anyway. This wine is deep purple when poured into the glass. My friend Debbie, who brought the wine, highly recommended pouring this into the largest red wine glass you own in order to maximize the aromas and flavors. Agreed! The smells and tastes that came out of this wine were in-your-face, but in all the right ways. It’s juicy with flavors of cocoa bean, vanilla and coffee with lots of lush berries. The best part is the price at $12.99. I can’t wait to stock up on some for the long winter months ahead.
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 out of 4
Another wine we tried was a red blend also from California called Sexual Chocolate. The wine was very easy to drink. It was smooth and balanced with flavors of cherry and, of course chocolate, but the label read like a horny frat boy that sounded desperate to get some action. At the bottom of the label was the winemaker, Brandon and his phone number. Of course we had to call him up expecting a voicemail…and he answered! He seemed polite, but young and a bit awkward. Apparently, he’s put out some videos that we discovered after a few more glasses of wine and let’s just say they are very strange, indeed. Corey, thank you for bringing this wine and giving us the opportunity to retell that hilarious story for a while. 😉 I can’t wait to try the other wine that you brought and I won at the wine exchange. I predict a wine review of it in the very near future.
Rating: 🍷🍷 out of 4 wine glasses (I would have given it a higher score, but we were all turned off by the videos. This wine is marketed towards twenty-something guys.)
As a thoughtful and generous parting gift, two of our book club members created these gorgeous wine light displays. My picture above does not do it justice. It looks beautiful at night. We were blown away with the cool cork which is actually the switch to turn on the lights inside of it and the personalization of each person’s last initial on the front of the bottle. Amy and Jen, you guys rock! My bottle will be on prominent display all year round. Thank you!
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!