The hosts get all the credit for the title. Yes there were ice cream cones, but no pictures of those sweet treats were taken. So I could easily be lying, but there’s no fun in that.
But before dessert, there was plenty of greasy comfort food to be shared on a freezing yet glorious and inspired Sunday evening. All of this came together rather suddenly which is how my most favorite of things and events usually turn out.
The bottle we shared was the 2014 California Red Wine which is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
To be honest, at the time of drinking this I didn’t think or care what was in this wine. All I cared about was sharing a bottle in impromptu fashion, and eat some carry out food till my heart and stomach couldn’t take it anymore. Actually that’s an exaggeration. Remember there was also ice cream later.
I’m just grateful to be in the company of good friends that I don’t see enough, in a different setting outside of the norm. And when I mean outside of the norm, the house and location is spectacular. It was so calming and peaceful at a time where many of us need that calm and peace. There can never be enough.
The conversation was all over the place. There was catching up to do, serious business to attend do (maybe or not really), and those deep conversations I’ve been known to partake in from time to time. I’m not good with this whole small talk thing.
When it comes to the wine, I may have tasted the blackberries and raspberries in the notes, but I wasn’t seeking out anything like that. I was seeking out peace and great company of friends, and some peace within myself. A standard label wine such as this is just what everyone can use.
Complex, bold, and loads of structure have its place. But when you’re pairing this wine with crab dip, chicken cheesteak, and chicken nachos with all kinds of stuff thrown on top, do you really need fancy and pricey?
You can find their wines quite likely at a store near you. It’s one of those most accessible labels there is. I know people that don’t like wine that will purchase these bottles as gifts or to try if they’ve never had wine in general, but feel compelled to every once in a while.
What’s funny is that while I’ve had many a glass and bottle, I’ve rarely actually had Ménage à Trois. It could be because my palate has expanded that I know what I want, yet willing to try anything unique and unfamiliar.
What it also could be is that I may take the fact that Ménage à Trois is everywhere for granted. And I don’t meant to over-analyze but that’s something I would like to cut out of my life, the over-analyzing and the taking things for granted. Could be easier done than said. Yes I did just say that in reverse, deliberately.
There’s nothing truly mind blowing about this wine, nor does it need to be. It’s a wine that’s simple, easy to drink, enjoyable, and does its job. What more do you need?
And on an evening like this nothing was taken for granted. I’m grateful to be invited into a home of dear friend’s and the warm and cozy feeling remained throughout the course of the night. It’ll be a wonderful memory I now attach to Ménage à Trois, and I couldn’t be more thrilled, and yes, grateful.
And maybe, just maybe, we’ll share some more ice cream cones.
Peace Be With You.