I’m glad I got to save one of my more enjoyable wine tasting experiences for the end of the year. Well when it’s the holidays, and even more specifically Christmas Eve, it makes the occasion all the more merrier and the wine taste so much better.
What makes it all the more special is the wine I’m going to write about will go down as one of my favorite wines I’ve had, not only this year, but in a long while.
The wine in question (well not in question, I just said that for dramatic effect) is The 2014 Lost Colony Wine from Virginia Dare Winery out of Geyserville, CA.
Now I know what you might be thinking. It’s The Lost Colony, it’s Virginia Dare Winery, and isn’t the state of Virginia one of the original 13 colonies? My first reaction is this winery is a reasonable drive away. Well just a few more hours have been added than originally presumed. I’ll let you read the synopsis since I’m not the best at history. Instead I’ll stick with the wine and the spirit of Christmas. Yay Christmas!
So what inspired me to bring this wine to a dear friends’ Christmas Eve gathering? Well the kind folks who were hosting prepared a pork crown roast. And when you get invited to an event with a carefully prepared main course, the wine has to at the very least complement this meal that took days to prepare with love and care.
In advance of this gathering of loved ones and friends, but more so family, I did my research on the proper wines to pair with this dish. Syrah came up a lot and that was more or less in lines what I was thinking. There were other suggested pairings but I was set on Syrah. And my local wine shoppe came through once again with a massive selection of bottles to choose from.
Within seconds I spotted The Lost Colony and was in awe of this label. I mean I was in love. I had to take pictures. Well I always take pictures. But in this situation how could you not admire this work of art? I’m sounding like a novice that only picks wines based on the label, but that’s a huge part of the fun. It’s what draws you in. And no, never judge anything by its cover, but when it looks this good, how can you not be the least bit fascinated?
To be factually correct, this wine is a Red Blend (45% Syrah), and the fact sheet can be found here.
And when I saw the price listed at only $16 (more on this shortly), I was thinking it’s the holidays, it’s my dear friends’ Christmas Eve Party, and its this portrait and this wine that I want to bring to this assembly of awesomeness. After all the build-up, this wine better be good.
Thankfully, I can safely say this wine was stupendous, tremendous, and I’m so grateful to have shared it with a few friends at the party. Was I thinking of keeping it all to myself? Well…
I was clutching this bottle like it was my baby. Even the host of the party told me I should bring a cheaper wine out of the cellar, and to save this for later. He had a point. So I got a more standard label out and popped it open, and was done with it.
But I really wanted to open my wine. So even after opening up the el cheapo, I went ahead and opened my Last Colony wine way ahead of dinner time.
This was a fruit forward gem that didn’t need any time to air out or open up, as it was amazing immediately.
The aura of this wine was something. Lots of friend, old and new, were asking about this wine. They were also intrigued by the label. I felt proud that I brought such a wine that led to such a discussion. It became an ice breaker which I didn’t expect at all. Well it’s Christmas and the magic of the holidays shined through again.
I poured cups for folks who were interested and was happy to do so. And yes, dinner was nowhere close to being served. But it paired well with the mammoth amount of appetizers and treats sprawled all across the kitchen counter.
I did save a little wine for the crown roast. And to say the pairing was amazing only tells a small percentage of the story. I believe half the bottle was still there when I departed. I hope my friends got to enjoy it. The reviews I heard were strong across-the-board. It was so easy to drink. It tasted more light bodied than I anticipated. This may also due to the fact that the incredible amount of holiday parties leading to this one has made everything taste differently. I’ve been feeling full most of the time so this wine may have had the opposite effect than if this were a more relaxed time of year. And I still loved it. Perhaps the Malbec in the blend gives is a lighter on the tannins feel.
Remember how I said I purchased this wine for $16? It just had this feeling of tasting more than that. But as you can see on the link to their own site, the price is $28. How can this be? I feel like I committed winery robbery. And even though we spend like crazy on Christmas, I fully appreciated the savings in hindsight. Even on reseller sites I see the prices listed in the $22-$25 range. So is this an anomaly? I may need to buy a few more of these bottles for future consumption.
What’s funny is that if this bottle was over $20 I likely would not have purchased it. It goes against my purchasing habits. But here it is. I was meant to buy this wine on this day, and I’m glad I did. I’m happy to share this wine with dear friends and family a like.
And everyone at the party did the same.
That’s a testament to all of us. We all came together to share in this wonderful couple’s home. They wanted to share the holidays with us. And we gave back in all the ways we could. We all brought something to the party, whether it was a side dish, appetizer, sweet treat, liquor, and of course wine. And that’s not only important during the holidays but all year round. This group knows the meaning of sharing and caring throughout the year.
And the hosts of this party go above and beyond in ways I have never seen. It’s a blessing to know our party hosts, who are more than just hosts, they are family. This whole group is a family. And there’s nothing more important than family. It’s amplified during the holidays and with this crew, the whole year through.
I will always remember this holiday season for a lot of things. This party will be one of the highlights.
For more on Virginia Dare Winery click here. They have charming music playing on the main page so beware if you’re looking at the workplace.
To purchase directly from the website, go here.
Here’s a behind the wines and then a history lesson.
If you live near the Baltimore area, I’ve seen this wine at the great Wine World in Abingdon, MD. I’ve not seen it anywhere else but if I do, I will update it here.
This was fun and I can’t believe another year is in the books. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I may revert back to some old posts I never got around too and of course take some unexpected twists and turns throughout the duration. I look forward to you joining me.
But for now I will savor what’s left of the holidays and appreciate the fact that I got to be a part of this gathering, and that I got to share this with you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,