Here’s the exciting yet confusing part of the holidays for me. I have a plethora of options to go with for this week. That’s also the dilemma. Which one feels right? No matter what I go with, there’s going to be second guessing. It’s the Christmas season. Would you expect anything less? And I think we can relate to that with just about any scenario. What’s the perfect gift to give someone? What’s that perfect note, card or message that we would like to convey? What’s that perfect fill-in-the-blank?
Perfect is a relative term. We have to be careful with setting ourselves for a colossal letdown or disappointment. I’ll tell you something, the wine I’m going to write about is anything but a letdown or a reason to fret. The Lost Order No. 191 from Boordy Vineyards is close enough to the perfect holiday wine that you forget about all the other hangups and insecurities that may come into your life during this season. I may be projecting a bit but someone out there must relate. If not, then this post is in vain. But I’ll continue nevertheless.
This continues my posts in support of local business. I’ve written about Boordy countless times before, but figure it’s been long enough that it didn’t run its course. I hope so. Circumstances prevented myself, along with good pals, from attending the last couple of wine club parties, but sometimes life throws you a bone, or a bottle. And your fellow winos share with you their love of wine.
More importantly than how good this wine was. This was a gift from some dear friends that are fellow Landmark Reserve Club Members. Automatically this wine contains an attachment and memory of giving and of sharing. And that’s what this season is truly all about.
300 words later and I’ve yet to actually talk about the wine itself. It’s a Red Blend that wine lovers and newbies will both adore. Last weekend I brought it to my local gym’s (for more on Peak Performance, click here) holiday happy hour, and it went over very well. I had debated on where the most fitting place to bring this invaluable vintage. This needed to be an organic experience. So what better place than the gym.
This red blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and one of my new favorite grapes, Petit Verdot, tastes surprising lighter than what I expected. Yet it was refreshing and perfect (there’s that word again) for this or any holiday party. It pairs with the lightest or heartiest of foods.
I laugh because we work our tails off here, with our weights, rowing machines, and treadmills during the day. However, in the lobby area we gorged ourselves on loads of food and drink that it felt like I undermined all my hard work for the day, or that week for that matter.
Ah but that’s the holidays. Your stomach is supposed to beg for a reprieve. And one day here and there is not going to be the end of you or me. Isn’t that what we tell ourselves?
Well the party was fun. The dynamic was different as we were revelers as opposed to fitness fanatics. And that led to a different level of conversation. And this season leads to a sense of love and community that I wish would permeate all year round. Sometimes it does. It’s up to me and you as individuals to spread that cheer for the duration of the calendar year and in this thing called life.
A wine like that certainly helps. My bottle is still waiting for pickup, which just means I need to share it with close friends and family at the next of hopefully many holiday gatherings. It’s early December and I love this time of year. The more parties the merrier. I’m glad I was gifted this wine to share with these good folks. And I can only assume the good times will continue to present themselves.
Have a Safe and Blessed Holiday,