Today’s topic is: “What is your favorite wine?”
In my former life, I drank a glass of wine nearly every evening, after an hour-long commute at the end of a stressful day in the corporate world. But in 2011, I took an intentional detour and ended up on a hobby farm in southern Minnesota. I still enjoyed an occasional glass of wine, but I had to give up alcohol when I got pregnant in 2012. After my daughter was born, I still couldn’t drink in 2013 because I was nursing, and then I found out my second daughter would be coming along in the spring of 2014. Again I didn’t drink while nursing, pretty much through the end of 2014. But now that I’m allowed to drink again, I find that I don’t think about wine very often. More often than not, I drink five or six glasses of decaf Earl Gray tea with milk and honey instead.
But my wine cellar is full of delicious wines that I made several years ago and now they have had a chance to age. The Intentional Detour Winery has created several varietals since 2011, but my favorite reds are Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec (especially good with a plate of crackers and sharp cheddar cheese). My favorite whites are Reisling and Chenin Blanc. (I’ve never been a fan of the ever-popular Chardonnay.)
But since you can’t try these bottles of homemade wine for yourself, I also recommend my favorite store-bought wine. If you see this wine at a restaurant, you should try it!
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
from South Australia
I’m also a sucker for a sweet red. At a fancy wine tasting many years ago, I tried a sweet red that I thought was called something like Diablo Sanguine (Devil’s Blood) but I’ve been unable to find it since. (It was at the end of the evening so my memory about the name may have been fuzzed a bit by then.) A year ago, I heard about the semi-sweet Stella Rosa “grape wine cocktail” but I’m not sure how it tastes. If you know of a delicious sweet red, please share!
Share your favorite wine in the comments.
~ Phoebe DeCook