It’s the most Winefull time of the year!

The Holiday season in the Griffy family begins on Halloween and runs non-stop through to the Super Bowl.  That’s because of a preponderance of birthdays in November, December, January and February.  What can I say, we take Valentine’s Day seriously!
Oh, and lest we forget you can toss in celebrations for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays too!
So since my jump into wine, this time of year has become the most Winefull time of the year, and to be honest I’m having a blast!
IMG_0650We’ve talked about the Fox Run Cabernet Franc–very tasty–but there’s been more.  For my Birthday dinner I served a great Melbec, Ascencion.  Now, some will hate me and some will think well of me and most will think “ah so what,” but Ascencion is from the Wall Street Journal wine club, a subject we will talk about in a future blog.  But my guests all agree Ascencion was a good wine.  It’s from one of Argentina’s oldest vineyards, and one of the highest too, sitting 3784 feet above sea level, in the town of Salta.  So you could say this was a Malbec with “Altitude”!  It’s dark color, black fruit flavor, soft tannins, and hint of smoke and chocolate left me telling my son-in-law that I hoped the glass would never end.  It did eventually, but the memory lingers.
IMG_0642Now moving onto my grandson’s birthday, where I served Mongrana by Agricola Querciabella.  This is a Wine Spectator’s number 80 for 2013’s Top 100 Wines, but I bought it back in September because my friend Mario told me it was a great wine.  Bingo!  This is from Tuscany but it is not a Chianti.  The Mongrana is a Tuscan blend of 50% Sangiovses, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Merlot.  If my math is correct, that makes it 100% delicious!  If I had a case I could have sold every bottle.  If you can find it, buy it and enjoy.
At the Company’s Year End Celebration where my co-worker is the planner, you know wine would be involved.  After all I am a powerful and influential member of the electronics community!  One of the wines served was A to Z’s Wineworks.  This is a celebrity wine, number 55 on this year’s Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines.  Wineworks is a Pinot Noir and it was very good, I wish I had purchased this wine for Thanksgiving.  Hailing from Willamette Valley, one of my co-workers came up to me and said he had been concerned because the good Pinot’s come from Dundee, but this Pinot was good. 
IMG_0655At three nieces and a nephew’s birthday party we had a Marogne  Valpolicella Ripassp by Zeni.  This was like drinking a dark purple velvet, so smooooth!  I’ve described in depth the Valpolicella Ripasso method of making wine in past blogs.  If you haven’t tried a Vapolicella wine, what are you waiting for?  Seriously this wine goes great with roasts.  Or if you are a hunter you can’t miss with a venison steak, and I know at least four of you that have got deer recently, so I’ll bring the wine!
What’s on deck?  Well, there’s a Luce di Lave Enta Rose which is a blend of two varietals I’ve never tried, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccion.  A homemade Ararone, also a Valpolicella.  A Quilcede Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.  A Casanova di Neri, and who knows what else. 
Let me tell you it’s good to be me!

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