Any reason for me to use my love for wine and my love for animals in the same breath I’m going to do. As a matter of fact any excuse for me to profess my love for our divine and endearing creatures, I’m going to come up with one. For me its actually second nature and I’ll never shy away from that.
In past posts I’ve sung the praises of dogs, cats, horses, and quite a few other spiritually magnificent beings. This week I’m professing my love for ducks. And I love them so much. They may be small in stature but their spirits are so big.
With all this said this week I went with a familiar face. I’ve had Decoy Wines in the past and loved every sip of every bottle I ever tried. If I’m sounding biased because of you know what on the label then you’re exactly right.
But what does stand out about these wines, aside from the gorgeous artwork, is the simplicity of the vintages and the tasting notes that accompany them. For anyone new to wine or, even someone who is a seasoned veteran, it’s always comforting to know that many of us just want to enjoy wine without any of the analysis and then over-analysis that some wineries get into. I’m all for expounding as long as it’s done in an inviting in approachable manner.
After the letdown from last week (which also featured an animal friend by the way), I promised to move on from the oak barrel Chardonnay’s to the stainless steel that I and many of my constituents prefer.
I had a few bottles in mind but at my local wine shoppe yesterday I scoured the aisles for any and all grapes, all varieties, and all charming labels. It didn’t have to be Chardonnay but that was at the top of the list.
Without any panic or fear of finding nothing I spent a good amount of time canvasing and perusing the store until finally I found a familiar face, an old friend, and a trusty confidante. This was the 2014 Sonoma County Chardonnay with that stunning artwork (more on the artist Michael Allard can be found here) of the most charming of waterfowl friends.
At $20 this was on the higher end of what I would usually buy but trust me it’s worth every penny and even a little more. And with those simplistic notes you can’t go wrong. For myself and many others you’ll taste a simple yet balanced and delightful (look at me using wino terms) vino that can be paired with all kinds of food or with nothing at all. The specs mention layers of apple, pear, and lemon which all work well for summer but for most of the year if you think about it. Since those are mainly year round fruits you can equate this to being a year round wine. Simple and effective.
And even though the website lists this vintage as sold out, I’m convinced that their more recent varietals are just as relatable and heartwarming as this one. And there’s a good chance you may find it at your local wine distributor. Just a hunch. This is a label I’ve seen all over the place.
I enjoyed my wine with some pita chips and lemon flavored hummus, that I purchased without any idea that this wine would carry hints of lemon. There’s one sign. More on signs in a little bit…
But I can’t get enough of the ducks. If this wine had a standard label and was maybe in the $10 and under range I may be singing a different tune. But I would still say this is a tremendous wine at this price. It’s the power of suggestion, the power of art, and the pulling of mine (and many others) heartstrings. Oh I love this creature.
I love dogs and cats because they’re so affectionate. I love ducks because they are those darlings, and they also seem so loyal to one another, like many animals are. Usually I receive signs to try a wine or try anything. Because the universe works like that. I would’ve said earlier in the week I saw ducks in a pond or logos for ducks, or something to tell me in my subconscious get a wine that would match what is being presented to me.
This time things were rearranged and reversed. Just hours ago as I’m headed home, I take a more scenic route home and as I’m approaching this lovely farm that I was knew up the road, I see a family of ducks slowly walking across the street. They took their time too and I wanted them to go on forever. They’re pedestrians too, and deserve the courtesy of making it across the street as safely as possible. I mean that sincerely. I stopped to talk a picture and watched in awe and then said ‘aww’ as they walked by.
I’d like to think it was their way of saying thank you. Well I thank them and I love them so much. I’m grateful to have made some new friends and hope to see them again soon.
And this will not be the last time I explore Decoy Wines. I had too much fun with this. This all came together in less than 24 hours, and those tend to be the best of experiences.
Did I mention I love them.
I love them.
Thanks so much.