Takin' a Break??

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Lately I seem to have put down the wine glasses in favor of "other" beverages. Not doing a "cleanse" or trying to lose weight (although there has been barely a time when I didn't think I needed to "drop a few pounds"). Nor has my dinner regime changed requiring me to look elsewhere for the right drink.

No, I think it's just that once in a while I need to "let go" of my addiction (?) to that alcoholic grape juice I so love. Reset my palate, refining my sense of smell by trimming my nose hairs (ugh disgusting), sharpen my focus (although switching from contacts back to glasses a couple years ago has made things much easier), and maybe even tackling my makeshift home cellar again (never thought about how often that's necessary when you have a more limiting space and you're constantly taking bottles out and then trying to insert others in spaces that are not consistent with the current organization).

It has been strange not immediately searching my cellar for that "right" bottle to go with that night's dinner. Sort of an "Out-of-Body" experience even. Asking myself if some strange power has taken over my mind (for the record - there's not much there). Maybe a hypnotic spell cast upon me at some unsuspecting moment. I've been watching a couple of movies on DVD; maybe they inserted an unconscious message promoting abstinence from wine and hinting at beer or hard liquor. I bet if I played them backward I might hear and see that inducement.


How do I break this curse? Seek out professional help? I think not, that could open up a real can of worms! Put a helmet of aluminum foil around my head to protect me from outside "elements!" Possible, but if I leave the house I'm thinking I could get a lot of strange stares (not sure that doesn't happen anyway). Grab the first wine bottle I see and force myself to cut the foil, pull the cork and pour that luscious liquid into one of my many wine glasses? I think we may have a winner!

Don't think, just do! No regards to dinner plans, or even if dinner need be warranted. It'll have to be red as I have an affliction for warm white wine. Keep me in your thoughts as I prepare to do battle against forces I don't even understand. Rain or shine (have no idea how that would impact this) success or failure (that's more like it) I'll keep you informed.

Stay tuned and Cheers!

Dancing Hares Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Like Alice falling through a rabbit hole to begin her journey, a certain “wonderland” happened back in 2004 when the original owners of a 30-acre plot of land at the base of Howell Mountain began making Bordeaux styled wine. Then in 2016 Tuck and Boo Beckstoffer bought 20 acres of that property and the winery. Throughout the adventure, there was no looking back and was certainly no dream; or maybe it was a dream come true!

Gaining exemplary notoriety for the wines produced, Dancing Hares and their second wine, Mad Hatter, under the guidance of such names as David Abreu (Vineyard Manager) and consultants Michel Rolland and more recently, Philipe Melka, released the newest wine of Dancing Hares for 2016, the first under the Beckstoffer ownership.

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Petit Verdot, and .5% Merlot the wine sees 22 months in oak with 70% of being new barriques. From the first whiff, the wine puts forth a renaissance of aromas which continue onto the palate of dark black and rich fruit followed by sultry spice notes. This full-bodied wine still offers a certain softness even at its young age that will only continue to evolve and be fully engaged and integrated if you can stand the wait. In my case, it was the next day!

Not easy to come by, but if you find it, don’t hesitate, just like Alice, you’ll find the wine saying “Drink Me!”