I’m feeling abundant, and you want to know why? Because what make me happy, what makes me feel good, and what currently brings me the most joy is the most simplest of things.
Some time ago I’ve come to terms and at peace with many things. While many things remain unresolved, what I’ve become most comfortable and at peace with are the most simple and peaceful of gatherings. I still can find enjoyment in big parties with lots of commotion, lots of people, and lots of stimulation.
But a simple meal, a simple glass (or bottle) of vino, and a little conversation, where we can hear one another talk and listen intently, is what I’m all for. It’s what I yearn for and prefer. And when not looking for it, the opportunities tend to be presented to me with regularity.
I was grateful to be awarded another opportunity last week with a friend I don’t see enough. It tends to go that way. There’s those friends you talk to constantly yet don’t see as much as you would like. My friend would fit that category.
What also makes me happy is getting together with friends for no reason whatsoever. You know, someone is always having a birthday, a sports gathering, a milestone in life, and who knows what else. But sometimes the rest reasons to hang out are no reasons at all. If you love your friends and family, you never need a specific reason.
Well it helps when my friends have pets. That’s a bonus. I could relax with a cat, dog, or other animal friend all day, but I digress once again.
This planned yet impromptu gathering got all that more unpredictable, when my friend, who was all set to good, realized there were enough leftovers to be shared. The cooking can be left for another day. I’ve been spoiled and feeling grateful that I have such quality friends who like to cook, and invite their friends over to share in their love of food and wine. I’m eternally grateful to be surrounded with great people.
The food was wonderful, and the wine (which I’ll talk about shortly) paired serendipitously with some delicious chicken parmesan and pasta. Oh my goodness this was great.
The wine is the 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines, which is a red blend of Grenache, Merlot, and Syrah. And with such a medium to full bodied wine to go with such a hearty and hefty meal, it’s a match that was meant to be and the universe came together on this night to make all the elements of food, wine, and simplicity work out magically. That makes me feel good.
I’ll freely admit that the label had much to do with the purchase. But something about this wine grabbed me. At one of my local wine shoppes I was drawn to it immediately. I grabbed it, held onto it, and with no resistance whatsoever, I knew this was the wine I was meant to buy, and share with you my thoughts today. It was the first and only bottle I saw. Sounds about right.
There’s so much to this wine. It’s got your standard berries and cherries. But what might taste earthy to you at me, might be herbs and spices to someone else. What stands out is how this wine ends. You may have heard the term lingering finish before. This wine epitomizes that. What lingers is the flavors and the tannins after each sip. Yet there’s so much structure and life to this wine, that you don’t need to put into words. A little oak always helps too, but I think you know what I’m saying. This is a wine that warms my heart, and may do the same for you.
And at a price tag of $10-$15, it’ll warm your pocketbook too. Do people still have pocketbooks? For more on this wine, and the distributor click here.
I think the elements of the the evening also made this wine that much better. I think my friend enjoyed it a little more than me. I think I had a glass and a half at most, which is fine by me. That means more to share with good people.
I’ll also add that not every conversation is meant to be deep and meaningful. It might drive you crazy. It gets me cuckoo at times.
A good friendship also means a little surface level, a little nothing, and sometimes a little silence goes a long way.
Let’s do this again sometime.
Peace be with you.