Greetings and welcome! And Happy Wine-iversary to us! A year ago, we began our journey of drinkery and we’ve relished every minute. Except for the times that we hated. Those sucked.
To help us celebrate, Rene and Cara teamed up, as siblings so often do (ppfffbbt!), and made a dinner to commemorate the occasion. We were supremely grateful and well-fed by the end of it all.
One the Menu: Pan-Fried Green Beans, Asparagus in a Red Wine Reduction, Pan Fries, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Avocado Pie
That’s right: Avocado Pie, y’all. It’s a recipe that Cara stumbled onto years ago, and we’ve begged her to make it ever since on a near monthly basis. She breaks it out for special occasions. This one made the cut.
Rene handled the dinner part. The chicken was awesome. I’m always impressed when someone can put together a layered anything, bread it, pop it in the oven, and it comes out looking and tasting perfect. Mine never do that. They usually look like a Dali painting when I’m done with them. Sometimes they also taste like one.
Not having to do any of the cooking, this gave Megan and I plenty of time to reminisce about the past year and to plan for the next one. We’re thinking “Cook Book.” A book filled with recipes from the hits and misses of the year before. You know, for posterity. You know, a cook book. (Idiot …)
We also filled an entire notebook of tasting notes. In total we made 57 posts, and we’ve been visited over 6,000 times. We’ve had reservations made at restaurants we’ve mentioned by people going on vacation who’ve read our blog and thought they’d like to try what we wrote about. We’ve been referenced by other sites, we’ve been re-posted on other blogs, and we won our first blog award.
In short, it’s been a good year.
(Get it? A good year? Like wine? A good … never mind.)
This week, we thought about buying something really outstanding to review, but that just didn’t seem us. Instead, we did what we always do: bought wines based on pretty labels and clever branding.
Wine: RE, Merlot, Curicó Valley, Chile, 2011, $76.55 MXN
Rating: One Bottle
Green would be the best way to describe this wine. Fresh. So fresh, so young … so bad.
Megan and Cara did not mind this wine. In fact, they like it’s freshness. All I could pick up on was the cough medicine aftertaste.
I will say that it improved with some time out of the bottle, but not by much. Enough, however, to allow it to pass our rigorous approval method – did we finish the bottle? Yes.
We moved on. If this past year has taught us nothing else, it’s to roll with the punches … of shitty wine in our face.
I wanted to finish our year with a wine from our host country. We’ve had some success with Monte Xanic in the past, so …
Wine: Monte Xanic, Calixa, Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Mexico, 2009, $199 MXN
Rating: Two Bottles
Velvety bouquet with a pungent nose. Hints of caramel and butter toffee. Ripe fruits dominate the palate – plums, figs, dates, black cherries. Very smooth and inky. This wine, we liked much more. Really, our kind of wine. A slightly mature palette and more complex than the previous wine of the evening.
We like a wine that gives us something to talk about or evokes a feeling or a memory. If a wine can actually be a bottle of nostalgia, that’s a keeper. We like our wines like we like our people – we want them to be interesting.
Though it only got two bottles, this was a wine that kind of did it for us. It wasn’t fantastic, but for the price, was very good. Plus, with the misty, cool nights we’ve been having, it was just right.
So Happy Wine-iversary to us! We’d like to thank our family for putting up with our grumpiness around dinner time.
We’d also like to thank everyone who has followed us this year. Though we’ve never met many of you, you’re part of what we do, because, ultimately, it’s you we do this for.
Which is weird, if you think about it.
- Does music influences the way wine tastes? (manageyourcellar.blogspot.com)
- Happy Trip-iversary (consumedbywanderlust.wordpress.com)
- The perfect wine? (icharnockshields.wordpress.com)
- Avocado Affairs (foodfactfeeds.wordpress.com)
- Culinary Experiment #5: Avocado Fries (anitamgeorge.wordpress.com)
- A blog-iversary; hits of 2011 (blackinkwithcab.com)