Wine Rules and Salmon

Some people think that the world of wine is encapsulated in a series of complicated, intimidating and steadfast rules.[1] This is simply not the case. I’m a firm believer that wine is whatever you want it to be. Nobody can tell you what to drink or when. Having an enjoyable experience is all that matters.[2]

As I drove home from the Law School[3], I decided on salmon for dinner. It’s traditionally thought that seafood pairs well with white wines, not red[4]. Since it FullSizeRender7was cold, damp and rainy today[5], I had no desire for a crisp refreshing white, but rather wished to immerse my Monday-bruised soul in a gloriously deep red. I decided to use the Google to find out what kind of red wine pairs with salmon. The first hit said Syrah; turns out that’s what I was planning on anyway since I knew I had a bottle hanging out at home. Perfect.

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               April 20, 2015
Wine:              2013 Andrew Murray Vineyards Syrah Review
I was itching to try this so I didn’t wait for Husband to come home.[6] It had a powerful pungent nose with hints of oak and something earthy.[7] The color was a beautiful, deep garnet that swirled to reveal some nice legs.[8] The first sip hit me and I instantly said “Wow”. This was full-bodied and full of flavor. I sensed some tannins drying out my tongue after I swallowed, but it’s wasn’t overly dry such that it was unenjoyable. The wine had spicy notes of licorice and cherry. Perfect for our Monday night rejuvenation.[9] Paired very well with the Tuscan bread and mozzarella appetizer and really exploded with the salmon and veggies[10]. The spiciness came to life and the deep fruity flavors were enhanced. Cheers to Monday!

Wine Dossier
Andrew Murray Vineyards is a producer in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. They have several vineyards in the area and IMG_5676concentrate mostly on what they call “Rhone varieties”, mainly Syrah and Viognier[11]. This was their 2013 Tous les Jours[12] Syrah,[13] which, according to Wine Enthusiast is “[p]erhaps one of the best wines for the money available right now.” Retails for around $15.99, so regardless of how much you have left in law school loans, go get a bottle and let me know what you think.


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Rules are clearly meant to be broken; otherwise, the fine profession of lawyering would be in serious danger of extinction.
[2] For example, I have an Aunt who only drinks red wine with ice. She enjoys it, so who am I (or you) to judge?
[3] If you read my About Me page, you would know I’m an adjunct professor at the local law school teaching future haters lawyers how to file trademarks.
[4] Sounds like one of those rules that are meant to be broken.
[5] One of those famous “April showers” that will allegedly bring all the “May flowers”. To be honest, I love these kinds of days.
[6] I was also very thirsty.
[7] Husband says he gets damp soil and manure.
[8] I would not recommend using the hashtag #nicelegs on Instagram. Most of them are not talking about wine. Yikes.
[9] Mondays require rejuvenation, don’t you agree?
[10] Quick shout out to Price Chopper for the Chilean salmon and fresh veggie dinner. Choose your fish, veggies and spice mix; take home and steam. 25 minutes and you’re good to go. Wow.
[11] My spellcheck did not recognize Viognier. Odd.
[12] Tous les Jours translates to “Everyday”.
[13] Remember, Syrah and shiraz are actually the same grape. #spicy

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