Oh, please say it isn’t so! No more “Wine of the Week” posts?
Not to worry. After almost three years of posts to my “Wine of the Week” column, I have decided that it’s about time to stir things up a bit and make some changes. I’ll still be writing about wine but without the pressure of having to have one ready at a specific time (hey, it’s tough to drink a “good” bottle of wine once a week - LOL) . After all, during retirement I want to eliminate pressure (that’s a teaser about this week’s wine).
So going forward I will be drinking and adding posts to my still various other columns as well as a new column dedicated to current wines in circulation just at an “as I drink them” time frame. My “Wine Blog” “Wine Tasting Tell All,” “Wine-Sum-More” and “Meet the Winemaker” columns will continue as needed, or as I come across good content.
“Wine I Couldn’t Resist” will be the title to my new column. Caveat; that title is subject to change to my whims and if I come up with something catchier.
Fittingly, for my last “Wine of the Week” and a wine appropriate as well to be my first “Wine I Couldn’t Resist” column, I elected a wine from a style that I hold dear, and as I mentioned in an earlier post; "Come Quickly, I Am Tasting the Stars!", it is all about “Sparkling!”
Funny thing, as many times as I’ve drunk this fine example of sparkling ambrosia, I only wrote about it once before, and that was back in December of 2016. One of the first wines of my “Wine of the Week” column. Pretty fitting I’d say.
Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV
Short of Champagne, I’d say this is my favorite sparkling wine. The consistency over the years has made it an easy “go-to” selection. Combine that with a nice price (spoiler alert – if you haven’t bought it recently, like most wines, the price has risen over the years, but still reasonable) and you get a wine that has a great flavor and can pair with an immense amount of different foods, or none at all!
With its stone fruit and nice nuttiness, wrapped up in a creamy yet bright finish, the wine dances on the tongue to tingle the senses. It was hard to put down, so much so that when I had decided to leave the rest for the following day, I realized I had left but just enough to splurge and do something I generally don’t do with a wine of this caliber, make a mimosa!
Blended from 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir all of which comes from Roederer’s own Estate, the wine is artfully blended and additionally receives some of their oak-aged reserve wine to boost the depth and elegance of the cuvée. Little to no malo is done, thus emphasizing the fresh bright style of the wine I mentioned before.
So one of my first “Wine of the Week” wines to usher out the old as well as to inaugurate the new “Wine I Couldn’t Resist” column. I’m also working on changing my photo display of the wines, so stay tuned.