If you figured out the inspiration for the title of this post, then I don’t feel so bad. I feel like I’m dating myself just a tad.
I’ll admit, I believe in the theories that the full moon brings out the crazies. My superstition includes the day before, day of, and the day after. I can only articulate this so much, but in my opinion I think there is a cosmic force, a gravitational pull, or maybe something bigger than us that’s causing all this. Maybe it’s all in my head?
So what on Earth does this have to do with wine? I mentioned Earth and I’ll get to that shortly.
I usually go into these weekly posts with at least a rough sketch of what I’m going to write about. This time I was drawing a blank. I have tentative things written down and photographs for days but nothing seemed to click. I had no idea what I was going to do.
However, I didn’t panic. These wines and experiences find me, even at the eleventh hour. And I mean that literally. With a little help and knowledge from my friends, we found ourselves at the under-utilized BistoRx. Why I don’t visit more often is to my detriment. I love this place.
A dear friend of mine reminded me that Tuesday night (last night as of this posting) is 1/2 priced bottle night. And that means a victory for everyone.
Earlier in the day the great idea of writing about a bottle with the word ‘moon’ it, came to me. I thought I may have to do a little digging and drive from shop-to-shop to find one. My dilemma was resolved almost instantaneously.
I asked the ever-so-friendly and down-to-earth (there’s that planetary stuff again) if they carried a wine with that word in it. You know the ‘moon’, I’ve only been harping on it all post. And the universe looked out for us once again.
She went off the menu and blessed us with the 2011 Moonspell Cabernet Sauvignon from Bergevin Lane Vineyards.
The wine was listed at $56 and drinking this at half-price was a steal. Literally, I thought I was stealing. The winery website lists this at $28. It’s worth every bit of it and then some.
So yes, we drank this at retail value and what a joy this was. Per the bartender’s recommendation, when you’re drinking half-price is fun to splurge and go a little towards the higher end. I don’t get this opportunity every day.
My premise has always been to expound on reasonably priced wines that hopefully please your palate and satisfy many aficionados. The intention is to have fun. But I guess with a full moon I’m going to be a little cuckoo as well.
What I find fascinating is the back of the label reads differently than the synopsis online. I’m not disputing one of the other. I did catch that oak that I love so much. But when you mention leather, that hilariously goes over my head. I wish I knew how to detect that one. But that’s all in the eye of the beholder, or drinker in this case.
You see how earth is listed? I don’t think that’s an accident. We were meant to drink this tonight.
The cheese and pate that paired with our glasses was phenomenal. A little brie and duck fig pate never hurt anyone. Well in this instance, the pate did stand a punchers chance. At this point we had a 3rd pal join in and we still couldn’t finish it. It was succulent but rich.
I took my time sipping. This bottle lasted a while and I’m thankful it did. After an hour of breathing it took on a life of its own. A wine this valuable needs to be savored a little more than usual.
I got the tail end of the bottle and may have caught some sediment. It’s only a 2011 so possibly my mind tricked me again. I’m not complaining. It’s actually the opposite.
This full-bodied and high tannin wine is a winner. I would drink this again if I could. But it may be a while. These are one of those once in a while wines. The great company and great conversation only accelerated this already amazing experience.
Tuesday night at BistroRx are the place to be and I’ll be making it my place to be in the near future. I will make it a priority to come back on other days as well. I’ve always enjoyed myself here. The food and vino has a custom-made track record. I’m enthralled and can’t wait to do it again.
Happy Full Moon Day,