Before getting to a few wine picks for the week, I have to share a few tidbits from a book I picked up on the weekend. It’s called “50 Excuses to Have a Glass of Wine” by Susanna Geoghegan. I thought it could be a cute little stocking stuffer. But I opened it and LOL, so here are a few backup excuses should you find yourself in need.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…I need an afternoon Napa.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…I need more room in the fridge.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…I’m SURE the doctor said it was good for me.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…it still won’t fit tomorrow.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…the recipe needed a teaspoon (it’s a shame to waste the rest).
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…I need to be 100% sure it tastes good before sharing.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because...my bridesmaid dress is lovely…It really is.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…the fate of the wine industry depends on me.
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…there’s room for one more bottle in the recycling bin.
And my personal favourite….
It’s time to have a glass of wine because…I am doing this purely for research purposes.
And if you are looking for a few weekend picks that are excuse worthy:
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2010 The Woolshed Vineyard Marlborough, New Zealand $19.95 I tasted a terrific New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc called Mud House. It is so aromatic, you could be tempted to dab a little behind the ears. Passionfruit, citrusy, freshly cut grass. It is definitely worth picking up at Vintages.
Le Ragose 2008 Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Veneto, Italy $19.95
This is my value red for the weekend. It is full-bodied and smooth. I didn’t decant, but my aerator did the trick and it was delicious. Now I had it with absolutely the wrong food according to conventional pairing wisdom. This should be perfect with a burger – I had it with salmon, but it tasted pretty darned good just the same.
And what would my picks be without at least one splurge? My husband can stop reading now….
This vineyard is located on the former hunting grounds of the first king of Italy. This star of the Nebbiolo grape is full-bodied and firm, worthy of a hearty piece of beef. This one received a triple crown of 90+ ratings with notes of vanilla, spice and roses. It is truly a lovely wine.
Enjoy your wine picks!