Not every wine that I or you are going to bring to a party is going to be a hit. As I’ve stated before, we buy a wine based on how it looks, the varietal, a wine rep or staff members’ recommendation, a snazzy label, and most of all the price.
The wine I brought to the dinner soiree I wrote about last week didn’t go over to well. And this was based on that aforementioned recommendation. That’s also just an opinion based on the time, place, a certain mood or feeling, and what that wine was paired with if anything at all. Those are the only factors but that’s the gist.
I can over analyze why my selection was good or bad, but that would drive me, my friends, and my readers crazy. It’s meant to be fun, enjoyable, and a journey that lasts hopefully forever.
When one wine doesn’t go over well, another and then another does.
I would like to thank the hostess for providing the perfect dichotomy to the wine I brought. She provided several bottles of the 2015 Finca el Origen Reserva Estate Malbec.
How I didn’t notice this earlier on in the evening is beyond me. I was so fixated with everything else going on. And how could you not? There was nothing but yummy food all over the table. And there was so much wine consumed between everyone that it’s easy for something to get lost in the shuffle. I feel a tad embarrassed to not notice this bottle towards the latter half of the evening.
I never got to have any with dinner. But while I was still craving a little more than dessert, it was certainly enjoyed by yours truly, with what was left of the cheese and crackers display. Yeah we went through everything.
The sweetness and fruit forwardness of this wine makes this as one of the more approachable wines, even to someone who isn’t a fan of vino, to anyone. This is one that can be enjoyed as daily table wine, and with a whole variety of finger foods and full on dinner plates.
When you hear the term ‘silky or velvety tannins’, this wine is just as good as notice them as any others. I felt them strong on my tongue and on my cheek than comparable wines that promote the same thing. There was something about the entire structure of this wine that made this truly special.
It was one of those bottles that carried the same aura from the nose onto the palate. It literally smelled and tasted the same. The simplicity of this wine is truly what makes this magnificent.
And that purple color was another beautiful visual in a sea of beautiful visuals of great good and great people to share this with.
What I almost forgot to mention, is I can’t recall a much more perfect and fitting pairing than with chocolate. Yes, chocolate! Beautiful.
This writing may be after Valentine’s Day but this whole party had nothing to do with this holiday. Well maybe a little. But chocolate and wine can be enjoyed together any time. But when you find a bottle and certain specialty chocolates that pair as well at this, it’s just magic.
The fruits that came to life with each bite of a sweet treat is something we all should be honored to experience, and experience as much as possible.
This is a wine I’m going to want to add to my collection as soon as possible. And ranging anywhere from $8-$12 online, this is a bargain and then some.
I haven’t noticed it in stores, but for my fellow wine lovers in the Baltimore area, my friend said it was available at The Perfect Pour in Columbia. If I find other local shoppes and outlets (stores and online) that carry this wine, it will be updated here.
This was a great wine and I’m grateful my first time trying it was in this setting and with an awesome set of friends.
Hope your Wine Wednesday is a wondrous one.
3 thoughts on “Smells Like Chocolate”
Happy to see you enjoying wine too…have read about tea and pizza a lot here 🙂
I would have rather enjoyed chocolate more 🙂
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very, very good!
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