By this time all it’s likely someone close to you has either graduated or is about to graduate. It’s a beautiful thing in so many respects. It’s the beginning, the end, and culmination of everything. You worked hard for this, your family worked hard for this, friends, and everyone in between. Now it’s time to celebrate!
This is a congratulations to my cousin on graduating. And I don’t mean just graduating. It’s of the highest level possible. What that entails is important but it’s one of those things that’s still so personal, so beautiful, and warms the heart that it’s just too remarkable to expound correctly.
But I’m going to do my best when it comes to the celebration and to the party.
You may find that a momentous and monumental celebration might lead you to overthink what to bring to a party, whether it’s wine, food, or a dessert.
Now I’ve been to parties that my family has either held or attended and they always do it nice. They go above and beyond, spare no expense, and want to make everyone invited feel like family in the process. That’s what life is all about. So that may add to the pressure.
I didn’t know it ahead of time but the masterful and incredible food spread may have had a hand in what I brought.
Luckily, there were options for wine, red and white, and other alcoholic beverages that if myself or any other guest may have made a misstep, it wouldn’t have been noticed.
Regardless of that, you still want to bring a wine that everyone will enjoy, that others will sip, so you get that sense of validation and satisfaction when your bottle is completed. It’s a glorious feeling and a little ego boost.
How my wine turned out I truly don’t know. And for big picture reasons, it really doesn’t matter. But the 2015 Lion Hound Red from Ridgeback Wines, of South Africa (for more on the winery click here) is a grower. For more on these wines you can also find more information from the importer Cape Starz Wine.
The unique flavors are hard to describe. And once again, none of that is truly important when you’re in a celebration to remember.
I brought it as a gift, with no intention (well, maybe) in the back of my mind that this was going to make this blog. And I mean that with all the respect in the world. I was just as well let this marinate with all the other wines and have the hosts open it in their own time.
Well it felt like time.
I’m a huge animal lover and the Rhodesian Ridgeback is not a dog I see everyday. But it’s one I’ve had a few encounters with and thought they were the most beautiful of creatures. That has no bearing on why I bought this bottle. Cute or artistic depictions of animals on a label would never draw anyone in. Not your truly either. No, never. ‘Hehe’.
The $9 price tag didn’t hurt either.
But this truly hard to describe. It’s a mix of so many grapes and 10 months of aging in French Oak which leads to a blend that I can only explain and sweet, spicy, dry, and impression lasting. I kind of invented that last term.
The synopsis of the 2013 vintage mentions dark cherries, plum, licorice, with hints of cigar box and wood spice. Yes you read that correctly. Your palates and guesses are as good as mine.
This is a full bodied wine that may taste like a medium wine to some but this one has got some potency to it. There’s lots of grapes to love (Shiraz, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier) which make this so intense and full of life. Literally full of life.
I left before the wine was kicked. So I can’t tell you other people’s impressions or thoughts, but there was a lot of wine, a lot of food, and a lot of excitement that I’m more than grateful just to have been a part of this awesome coronation and event based on love and of celebrating the end of a journey, but the creation and continuation of others.
More importantly, so was this party. There was and is so much to be grateful for. Not only is a celebration of family success, but it’s also a celebration of family. Any chance to hang out with family, needs to excuse or explanation. Sometimes the best reason is no reason, but sometimes the best reason is also of celebration.
I love my family and I’m so grateful to have been a part of this. And I’m so grateful that I’ve already spent time with family since this celebration last weekend.
It’s a beautiful near conclusion to Spring and a hopeful and inspirational sign of things to come for the summer and beyond.
I’ll leave with just an image or two of the amazing food spread but not much. Some memories are meant to be kept internal.
This is one to be cherished forever.