I think what I love most about this time of year, is that a person gets to try new wines. We tend to get together with friends and family more often, and people bring us wine as Christmas gifts and dinner gifts. And I find that I am always trying new wines that become year long favorites.
I don’t usually pay much heed to the ‘grab your attention’ kind of names some vineyards put on their wines. However, after trying and loving the Menage a Trois a few weeks back, a wine which I have bought and enjoyed several more times since. So when my friend Susan, from the NSLC in Halifax suggested the following wine, I couldn’t wait to try it, and Susan was right – I loved it.
I love wines from the Washington State. As most of you know, one of my favorites is The Velvet Devil Merlot. Well, the 14 Hands ‘Hot to Trot’ Red Blend is very impressive, and since the NSLC doesn’t carry The Velvet Devil, it brought me back to all the reasons why I love wines from the Washington State.
It’s a blend of mostly Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and it was so easy to drink. With fruity flavors of cherries and black currants, you can also detect a hint of chocolate. At just around the $20 mark here in Nova Scotia, its great value as well. I loved how the back of the bottle summed it all up. And I quote “14 Hands celebrates the spirit of the wild horses that once roamed the Columbia River Valley. Fourteen hands in height, these tough little horses were revered around the world for their strength”.
I didn’t find this wine tough to drink at all. Quite easy as a matter of fact. I have since purchased more and am looking forward to cracking open the next bottle.
Please drink responsibly not only this holiday season but all year around.