Some people think that the world of wine is encapsulated in a series of complicated, intimidating and steadfast rules. 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.
As I drove home from the Law School, I decided on salmon for dinner. It’s traditionally thought that seafood pairs well with white wines, not red. Since it was cold, damp and rainy today, 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
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. It had a powerful pungent nose with hints of oak and something earthy. The color was a beautiful, deep garnet that swirled to reveal some nice legs. 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. Paired very well with the Tuscan bread and mozzarella appetizer and really exploded with the salmon and veggies. The spiciness came to life and the deep fruity flavors were enhanced. Cheers to Monday!
Andrew Murray Vineyards is a producer in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. They have several vineyards in the area and concentrate mostly on what they call “Rhone varieties”, mainly Syrah and Viognier. This was their 2013 Tous les Jours Syrah, 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.
 Rules are clearly meant to be broken; otherwise, the fine profession of lawyering would be in serious danger of extinction.
 For example, I have an Aunt who only drinks red wine with ice. She enjoys it, so who am I (or you) to judge?
 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.
 Sounds like one of those rules that are meant to be broken.
 One of those famous “April showers” that will allegedly bring all the “May flowers”. To be honest, I love these kinds of days.
 I was also very thirsty.
 Husband says he gets damp soil and manure.
 I would not recommend using the hashtag #nicelegs on Instagram. Most of them are not talking about wine. Yikes.
 Mondays require rejuvenation, don’t you agree?
 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.
 My spellcheck did not recognize Viognier. Odd.
 Tous les Jours translates to “Everyday”.
 Remember, Syrah and shiraz are actually the same grape. #spicy