I love Thanksgiving. I can easily say it’s one of my favorite holidays. However, every year has a different feel for you, for me, and for everyone. One persons joyful celebration may be a time for reflection and realization for some. For me, this year, I find myself doing both.
I’m big on tradition. And I’m grateful to have so many good people in my universe. And sometimes I don’t realize it or fully appreciate it. At other times, there’s a mood that hits me. It goes all over the place. I want to see everyone in my family that I can. I want to pay visit and respect to all my dear friends, not just during the latter stages of the year, but the other ten months to. I do but I know it’s never enough. That’s the holidays.
We’re so busy and find ourselves playing catch up. But catch up from what? A lot of our business is our own doing. Yet, at other times, things can’t be helped.
Do any of us have an answer on how to handle life and the holidays? I think the secret lies within all of us, and while the answers are different, they’re also all so relative.
This year, tradition took a different turn. I have a wonderful family in Baltimore. I have a wonderful set of relatives back where I grew up in Montgomery County. And I pray I see them soon. In past years, I would see both. This year, things have changed. I was meant to stay in Charm City. Despite the tennis match in my head, it was meant to be.
And what else is meant to be, is two more wines to honor Beaujolais nouveau.
Two more, because in case I run out, I always carry reserved me in my car (unopened of course). And in case I have the honor of going to another party, I know not to come empty handed. This applies to any party, not just during the holidays, but throughout this ride.
The bottles were split over the appetizer and than full dinner portion of the party. But due to the fact that Thanksgiving means stuffing ourselves till we can’t physically move, they did overlap a bit. However, for the sanctity of the blog, I’ll make it look proper and wholesome.
The 2016 Domaine Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Nouveau is exactly along the lines of the sweet, fruity beaujolais nouveau you’ve come to expect. All the berries and all the goodness make this a winner. And I tasted something else on top of that. There was an even more sweeter goodness in the underbelly of this bottle. Maybe there were some summery fruits on top of cherries and raspberries. Whether or not that’s the case, or I tricked my mind into thinking is for me to figure out. You may draw your own interpretations. But it paired well with all the amazing appetizers that were served. My family and friends can cook.
For the official dinner, I opened up the 2016 Domaine Descroix Beaujolais Nouveau 2016. This felt heavier than the previous bottle from tonight’s festivities. The traditional Thanksgiving favorites were there, along with some other yummy foods. And the wine and the meal clicked perfectly. Having great people to share the experience with heightens all of this and then some.
One synopsis mentions bubble gum on the nose. What makes me laugh is I thought the aforementioned Domaine Manoir actually tasted like bubble gum. And here we go. Certain wines have certain flavors, but our interpretations might be (and should be) all different.
And on the notion of interpretations, the holidays mean so many different things to all of us.
I don’t know where the time went. I felt like I wrote about last years festivities a mere few months ago. Events from last week felt like last year. And that’s time for you.
All this is saying is we should appreciate the moments we have, with the people we care about, as much as humanly possible. And for me (and maybe for you) there may never be enough of that. Being kind to each other is what life is all about. And this applies to our entire life, not just the holiday. Before I sound too preachy, I’m saying this to myself along with saying this to you. We all deserve to give love and get that love back. It makes the world a difference. Life is all about good wine, but more importantly it’s about good times too. Not to say that wine, good times, good food, and good people are mutually exclusive, but I’m going to safely assume you know what I mean.
To my fellow wine lovers looking for these respective bottles, hopefully this link will help out. And this one.
For my friends in Baltimore, these wines, along with others, can be found at the Wine Source in the gorgeous Hampden neighborhood. They have the most beautiful of displays for Beaujolais nouveau. And many of the bottles, including the two I purchased, can be found for under $10.00. That’s a holiday celebration I can get used it.
And I will revisit the Wine Source sooner rather than later. They have always come through in the clutch when other wine shops fell short. I’ve found some gems at their store. I’ve also found it to have the most welcoming and approachable energy of just about any wine shoppe I’ve been to. And this is not just during the holidays but throughout the year.
So in the spirit of giving and celebrating, I hope you all had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving with good friends and good family. We all deserve a little kindness during the holidays. A great wine might do the trick, but a simple gesture as saying thanks does so much more.