Revisiting Some Old Favorites!

Ever have a meal that you haven’t had in a while and think “Why have I waited so long to make this”?  Ever run into an old friend and said ‘Next time I won’t wait so long to call’?  The same can be said for a glass of wine.

This week I have revisited some of my old favorites that I haven’t had in a while, and it was a pleasurable visit to say the least.
Cookoothama Shiraz 2009, Darlington Point, New South Wales Bottle

Last night I had a 2009 Cookoothama Shiraz.  This wine always reminds me of my good friend Gary Kelly, as we both discovered the wine at about the same time about 5 years ago.   Both Gary and I are big fans of a big Shiraz grabbed our attention.   I love the smokey flavors of black currant and cranberries found in this wine and prices range anywhere from $14.99 to $18.99 a bottle, depending on where you live.

Several years ago I spent my vacation in the Napa Valley in California, and visited many vineyards.  One of my most memorable was a visit to the Robert Mondavi Vineyard.  This is a picture of the entrance to the vineyard.  Beautiful.

So when I left to move to Nova Scotia, some wonderful friends gave me a bottle of a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.  I was really missing my friends this week, and decided to toast our friendship by opening this bottle.   I think most people who drink wine like Robert Mondavi, especially some of his higher end wine.

This wine is spectacular.  I have another bottle of the same year, given to me on my birthday this year.  And I can’t wait to share it with friends.  This is an easy to drink Cab with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, and toasty oak.   Robert Mondavi has been quoted as saying “I’ve always wanted to improve on the idea of living well.  In moderation wine is good for you – mentally, physicially and spiritually”.   I think he nailed it with this wine.

Have a great week, and let me know if you get a chance to revisit some old friends.

Cheers

Darlene

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