It was 53 degrees today. It’s practically summer up in here. And thank god. I (and the rest of humanity within a 50 mile radius) was just about ready to jump off a cliff. This was a tough winter February for us and I for one am ecstatic that it is over. I wasn’t feeling daylight savings time on Monday morning, but this evening, when I left work and it was still light out, I was absolutely euphoric.
On the way home I stopped at a new package store (for all you outsiders, this is what we Connecticutians call liquor stores). Walking into a new store is always exciting. My heart beats a little faster and I’m excited about the new wines I know are waiting for me. This was a particularly nice store that was new, clean and most importantly, had rows and rows of wine. Seeing all the beautiful options is almost overwhelming, as though there will never be enough time to drink all the wine. I came out with seven a few bottles. I chose one to enjoy tonight and was pleased with my selection. What I wasn’t pleased with, however, was how WordPress was not the simple, easy, user-friendly platform I was hoping for. Am I too old to understand this stuff? I didn’t think so, but my attempt at posting my first blog made me question my technical abilities. I won’t dwell on this though. I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Onto the wine.
To: Alleged Blog Readers
Date: March 11, 2015
Wine: 2011 Michael David 6th Sense Syrah
I smell something. It’s a good something. But I can’t actually put my finger on what it is. It smells rich and deep, almost meaty. I taste the wine and it tastes rich and deep, almost meaty. You really get a mouthful with this one. Definitely full bodied with a drier finish. I would use the word “robust”. This is thoroughly enjoyable. Especially with my (reheated) veal osso bucco and risotto. With the food I get notes of smoke and wood. Now that I mention it, I think that’s what I smell on the nose too. The color of this wine is beautiful, the deepest shade of plum imaginable with a ring of bright burgundy bubbles around the edge. No matter if you’re still in debt or finally enjoying the fruits of your lawyer labor, I would recommend getting a bottle of this, stat. At the $16.99 price point, I’ll certainly be purchasing again.
Two days later this wine is still insanely enjoyable. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for my microwaved leftovers. You win some, you lose some.
This is a 2011 syrah from the Lodi (LOHD-eye) appellation in Graton, California. Syrah and shiraz are actually the same grape varietal. When grown and used in Australia it’s known as shiraz. It’s called syrah almost everywhere else. This bottle came from the Michael David winery. I’ve had two other bottles from this winery and both were outstanding. I know I’ll be drinking them again, but it wouldn’t hurt to run out and try their Petite Petit or their Earthquake Cabernet.
 On multiple occasions we were colder than the NORTH POLE. That is cold.
 #allthewine is one of my favorite hashtags. Are you supposed to use #hashtags in blogs? I love #hashtags.
 I don’t feel as guilty buying in bulk now that I have a wine blog.
 Full disclosure, I recently celebrated the first anniversary of my 29th birthday.
 Per Wikipedia, “an appellation is a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown; other types of food often have appellations as well.” I cited to Wikipedia in a legal brief once and the judge did not like it. Since this is being written while I’m drinking wine and not working, I figured it would be ok.