January is of course the month of resolutions and right at the top of the list is losing weight. While I’m not opposed to dropping a few pounds I’ve come the realization I’ll never be super model thin because I love food and wine and pretty much hate exercising. My one concession has been to stop drinking during the week in hopes of saving a few calories for the weekend.
I’m a great cook and actually enjoy making a nice meal so my husband and I rarely eat take out, but every once in a while the urge strikes so Friday night we ordered pizza. And since Friday constitutes the beginning of the weekend I also got to open a bottle of wine. Wanting to enjoy a nice red but something not too heavy, the perfect choice was of course a Pinot Noir.
I opted for a California wine from the Buena Vista Winery founded by Agoston Haraszthy a Hungarian immigrant, who was a man of many talents. A farmer, vintner, respected author and businessman he also operated the first commercial steamboat on the upper Mississippi River and became the the first town marshal and county sheriff in San Diego.
Often referred to as the “Father of California Viticulture” he introduced more than three hundred varieties of European grapes in that state and helped Buena Vista become California’s first premium winery in 1857. Unfortunately the self-proclaimed “Count of Buena Vista” died in 1869 in an alligator-infested river in Nicaragua but even with the challenges of the depression, prohibition, and phylloxera Buena Vista Winery not only survived but prospered. Now a part of the Boisset Family Estates the vision and legacy created by The Count 150 years ago lives on through the family’s passion.
Coming from their Carneros vineyard the 2009 Pinot Noir has intense fruity flavours yet a graceful elegance. It had a pale ruby colour and tasted of ripe berries. I usually go for the under $20 wines unless it’s a special occasion so at $24.95 I went a bit over but considering the pizza cost about $7 it all evened out. This wine would also be amazing with roast chicken or turkey, a nice pork loin or salmon but let’s be honest it went down pretty darn good with a good old fashion slice of pizza.