There’s certain weeks and certain posts when writing about wine is easy. It’s so easy the words flow and minutes later I’m done. And in other instances I hope I don’t start sounding like a reviewer giving critiques where and opinions that may not always come from the heart. I’m willing to bet many of us have moments like this. And I just don’t meant blog posts, articles, writings and reports we did in school and at work, but more so just everyday life.
I had something prepared for this week that after reading it, re-reading it, and editing it still didn’t sound like it came from a place of sincerity or something genuine. It will have to wait. If I sound like I’m taking myself and this too seriously, maybe. But wine is something I care about, but in a spiritual sense, in a harmonious sense, and one where I want to find joy in sharing experiences with others, and sometimes myself.
What I’m going to write about this week is not meant to be a substitute or a filler. This wine and this experience was going to be written about eventually.
I was going to wait until the Summer, but wait, and voila here we are.
To say I’m grateful to have good people in my life is an understatement. But I’m still surprised when people get in touch with me to want to hang out. If it sounds like I’m being hard on myself and self deprecating that’s not my intent. It still just surprises me. Maybe I’m doing something right.
But people wanted to hang out, it was a gorgeous day, outside restaurants are doing outside seating and dining type of things, and people want to hang out. Hanging out is fun!
Almost a month later this was one of the charming and cozy celebrations for my birthday. And on a weekday, and on an impromptu set of circumstances I’m grateful my friends wanted to hang out. Any good reason is a reason to celebrate. And in many instances you need no reason at all.
So there were multiple wines had. This group loves their wine. I love my wine. And I may get into a couple of others that were shared in future posts. But for now, I will hone in on one.
The 2015 Pinot Grigio delle venezie from Lagaria was and is one of those perfect wines to celebrate the summer, life, and all that is good in the world.
And I recall this was on a Wednesday and our bottle was half-priced. And for a bottle that retails around $10, and with the restaurant markup and then made half-priced, it was almost identical to the aforementioned $10. That’s going to make any wine taste better.
But this wine didn’t need any bonuses, promos, or discounts to taste good. It tastes good. It sips well. And it got better with time.
The notes (which can also be found here) mention the straw yellow color and the floral aromas with apple, apricot, and fruit. I would be lying if I said I could identify all that and it’s not always our jobs to do so, but it’s fun to speculate and guess on what we might be sipping. It tastes like summer, and it was easier to go sip than the medium bodied wine that its described to be. When it’s warmer medium to fuller bodied whites may feel lighter than usual.
The notes also mention this pairs well with fish and seafood. I wholeheartedly agree. That just adds to the good vibrations of summer. I believe we had some tasty eats with our vinos, but I was too busy enjoying myself that not a lot of pictures were taken. Sometimes less is more, and some memories are meant to be just memories. But there will be a next time.
Temperatures, the atmosphere, and so many other factors affect how grapes are grown and cultivated, wine is produced, and all those other intangibles that we could talk about until the end of time. The same applies to how we react to certain wines and the settings, temperatures, the food we eat, the mood we’re in, and the company we’re keeping at the time. It’s all so simple and yet so exciting at once.
However, with all the questions and guesses we may have, we just want to drink a good wine that’s affordable, approachable, and inviting. This would be it.
And I’ve seen this gorgeous label in many a wine shoppe, so it can’t be too hard to find.
If this wine is not available at a store near you, maybe this link can help.
Here is more information on the distributor, Empson & Co.
Thanks to Lee’s Pints & Shell for all their hospitality for the evening.
Lastly, we all have great friends, great stories, and the great wines that pair well with those friends and stories. I’m maybe a bit too sentimental for my own good, but it’s good to be acknowledged and appreciated. It’s still always a pleasant surprise when it happens. I’m grateful and I’m grateful that this wine will forever remind me of a great night.
Thank you so much.