Helping this universe in any way, shape, or form shouldn’t be a one or two time thing. This is a two-post thing but I wish it could be longer. But it wasn’t supposed to be. Earth Hour is a beautiful event.
After last weeks intro, it’s only fitting that I finish with a wine that is not necessarily the most sentimental to me, but one is definitely one that has always tasted the same, tasted great and tasted like any good wine should.
The 2015 Charles Thomas Cotes du Rhone Rouge is a wine I’ve had for several vintages and seen it at many a wine shop, seen in on many a wine list at the bar, and found it to be all around accessible and approachable. That’s what you want from a wine like this, especially the latter. Oh and of course the price. $10, give or take is the norm but I would pay a little bit more for this. The 2015 especially.
This is even better than I remember ever it ever tasting. This not meant to be an insult, but only a compliment, but for some reason it actually sipped better than it had any reason to. I hope that makes sense. It’s not supposed to be this good. $10 wines are good but not always this good. I also hope you sense the facetiousness.
It’s heavy on the fruits. Yes it’s that fruit forward term you may have heard about. The berry fruits take over and for the occasion this was perfect. And with the hearty meal of meats, veggies, and pastas, this was even more the perfect wine to pair with this meal.
It’s a lot lighter than many Rhone Rouge’s I’ve had, and even with this breakdown (50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre), it’s a wine even exclusively sweet wine drinkers can appreciate.
Yet this is a wine you can have with anything. I also thing that after the first bottle, this was even better and more refreshing than I remember.
What also helps is I wasn’t alone in my sentiments. This wine never had a chance. I think I was lucky to half one full glass. It was being drawn to like a magnet. Or maybe it was the ratatouille you see pictured. A perfect French dish served with an equally awesome French wine makes me happy. Whenever you can pair a wine with a meal this in syncopation it feels validating, it feels good, and it feels victorious.
The other victory was getting a few last second photos before it was Earth Hour.
I’ll admit and admit it some more, I’m so terrible with my cell phone obsession. It would be safe to say I’m not alone in this feeling. For a fleeting moment I started to feel weird that I would have my cell phone turned off for an hour and be without any communication. But that feeling was gone immediately. The hosts went above-and-beyond in putting together a stellar feast that my words will never be able to give its proper due.
And being able to remember fondly before and during Earth Hour is better than any staring aimlessly at my mobile phone every few seconds for no good reason. I shouldn’t have even get to this point. I and we should embrace life without having to take a break to habitually push a few buttons and tap on the screen, and then go back to embracing life. That’s not a healthy way to be.
I wished I hung around longer. About 90 minutes in I didn’t see anyone need or want to use any technology.
There was enough food, drink, excellent company, and natural light that nothing else was necessary. This should be the rule and not the exception. It’s unfortunate that I’ve got to this point. It’s not even something I should claim ownership on, but it’s something that can be remedied immediately. Wow. This is a wine blog I know, not cell phone addicts anonymous. I rather be addicted to one over than the other.
The moral to all of this is life is good. Wine is good. Food is good. People are good. And life is good. Hey, I just said that but it is.
And even more importantly, here is more on Earth Hour.