For the past nine months, I’ve been sipping wine without one of my favorite tasting partners - my sister. Well, she’s back! (When I say nine months, it might be easy to guess she and her husband have been expecting a baby - he arrived over the weekend! We’re thrilled!)
I’m also excited that my sister will be able to sip with us again. After she and her husband open their bottle of Moet that they brought back from their trip to France, I’ll open a bottle I’ve been saving since I bought it a few months back - the 2011 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose. It’s still summer so we can still enjoy our rose, and since I was only able to get my hands on one bottle of the Tempier Rose, I’m glad I saved it so we could all enjoy it together.
So what did I choose to toast to the new little guy on the night he arrived? 2007 Chateau Gloria, a perennial favorite from Saint-Julien (Bordeaux). It’s a delicious traditional Bordeaux (and fortunately fairly easy to find in wine shops), with characteristics of blackberry, plum, cassis, herb, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, wood shavings, and graphite. The texture is full and smooth and luscious yet a bit reserved, with a very nice finish.
Somehow, though, wine seems to taste even better on special days such as that.