Everyone drinks wine, but the reason behind consumption varies greatly from person to person. Some drink it to celebrate. Others drink it to drown sorrows. Some because they love the science behind the grapes, how it gets from vine to the bottle. Others because they can buy a jumbo bottle and it lasts them all week. Some drink wine because they realize that it tastes incredible and brings the enjoyment of food to a whole new level.
I’m pretty sure I started drinking wine because I thought it was classy in a time when I wanted to transition my Dubra-drinking-on-a-budget college self to my more sophisticated drinking-on-a-budget law student self. Thank God I made the switch. My palate has changed from my initial wine forays, going from Pinot Noir as my go-to to becoming a full-on fruit bomb, Cabernet lover.
Last night I was fortunate enough to experience a bottle of wine that exemplifies why I continue to delve into new bottles. It was one of my most profound “This is Why I Drink Wine” moments thus far. And it was beautiful.
To: Alleged Blog Readers
Date: May 27, 2016
Wine: 2010 Hundred Acre Fortunate Son Cabernet Sauvignon
This was deep; it was inky. There was dark fruit, there was leather and there was tobacco. On the finish there was just the slightest hint of a something sweet. Perhaps some chocolate. And it was elegantly smooth. Velvety juice with a fantastic mouth feel. My shoulders dropped and as Biggie played in the background, the head nod was in full swing. What a sip of wine. Surrounded by friends, snacking on meat, cheese and olives, this bottle was a superbly special treat. Not a bad way to celebrate #NationalWineDay on a beautiful spring night.
This wine was an experience before the bottle was even open. Hungarian Sommelier Friend generously brought this over to share, and the dense, heavy bottle was covered by a thick, cardboard sheath. All that was visible was downward facing text along a perforated edge that read, “Feeling Fortunate?” Why yes, I believe I am! The first step was to uncover the label and underneath I felt smooth, luscious suede. For real? Yea. For real. Light gray text wrapped itself around the bottle until my eyes were drawn to the white text near the bottom that reads “Fortunate Son.”
I stop for a minute to read the text, “Wine is a lagniappe,” it begins. What’s a lagniappe you ask? A lagniappe is that little something extra; a bonus, a gift. Wine indeed is a lagniappe. It’s that little something extra that the Universe has given to us to make life that much better, just because it could.
The suede text went on to recite a narrative of all the good things in life; foie gras, truffles and risotto, porterhouse steak. Where is the cheese and where is the butter??? All of life’s little lagniappes.
At the tail end we’re given the names of the Fortunate Sons who gave us the wine: William Kimble, Jayson Woodbridge and Chris Radomski. Though it’s not an easy feat to get information on this wine-making trio, it appears they are the heads of Hundred Acre Winery, a cult California winery, closed to the public because all of their wine is sold as soon as they offer it for sale. The websites for Hundred Acre and Fortunate Sons are insignificant blips in the inter webs; nothing but a link to sign up for the mailing list; you can’t even buy wine unless you have a client ID.
You can snag a bottle of the 2010 Fortunate Son Cabernet Sauvignon for a cool $199.95 a bottle, but be quick, the store I found only has 2 left. While the other offerings from Hundred Acre start at $200 and go up from there, their “kissing cousin” label is Layer Cake, a project inspired by Woodbridge’s realization that not everyone can afford a $200+ bottle of wine. Layer Cake takes grapes from all over the world and crafts single varietal bottles typical to the region the grapes are from. It’s described on their website site as “luxury everyone can afford” and the bottles are typically priced around $15. You can be sure I’m going to be picking up a few of these lower priced options. And I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.
Until the next glass, cheers!
 Ok, maybe not everyone, but I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t.
 #MomandDad He does red, she does white. #matchmadeinheaven
 Drinking the 2015 Château d’Yquem, at the château, like it was water, during En Primeur week, was another.
 A nod to my college self. We had just transitioned from opera, which would have been equally as appropriate in the situation.
 I also asked this. I also asked the more important question, “How do you say that?” It’s pronounced “lanˈyap.”
 Who apparently is a law school graduate. #LawyersLoveWine
 A good problem to have, I’d say.
 Oh they fancy, huh?