*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
After coming home from Dallas and a day-trip to West Virginia for work, I was able to settle into a week of work before heading to my hometown in Upstate New York for my little brother’s wedding (although he’s not really so little any more!). Lil’Bro was married on a Thursday, July 3rd, so Hubby and I left DC super early that morning to make the 6+ hour drive with enough time to clean-up and get to the ceremony on time. It was a brutally hot and humid day, and shortly before the wedding was supposed to start, storm clouds started to roll in. They decided to brave it out, and even as big drops started to fall, the ceremony went on outside as planned. The rain was more than a drizzle, but not steady either. It was a beautiful ceremony, and I couldn’t be happier for Lil’Bro and Sis’inLaw.
The next day, Hubby and I headed into New York City for the rest of July 4th weekend. We went to Central Park, One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial, and Hubby’s first Broadway (well, off-Broadway) musical. We walked from Battery Park, through Chinatown, Little Italy, and the High Line, all the way back where we were staying in Hell’s Kitchen. There was amazing food to fuel all the walking and sightseeing—dinner at Empanada Mama (where Hubby and I split a life-changing fig, caramel, and mozzarella dessert empanada), breakfast at the Carnegie Deli (where I indulged by love of franks and eggs), delicious Italian wine and pasta from Bricola Wine Bar (where I went for yummy Gavi), and one of the best brunches I’ve had at 44 1/2 , which we enjoyed out on the patio (where the cocktails are all music themed, so I couldn’t resist the one named after Lady Gaga while enjoying my deep dish French toast). And, it all ended with an easy Amtrak ride back to DC on Sunday.
By the time we got home from the long weekend, I was exhausted. However, as we were leaving for Santa Barbara bright and early on Thursday morning to head to the Wine Bloggers’ Conference, there was no rest for the weary. Hubby and I unpacked the suitcases. While he put together a light dinner, I started the laundry and opened a bottle of wine to help unwind. I wanted something that when I opened it, I wouldn’t have to worry about weather it would be good, but at the same time, I also wanted to try something new. Since I’ve come to rely on the Francis Ford Coppola Winery making a wine I like, I opened the 2011 Votre Santé Pinot Noir.
The 2011 Votre Santé Pinot Noir (winery, snooth) is from California and is made with 100% Pinot Noir Grapes. The wine was a medium ruby. On the nose, there were red cherries, cloves, and hints of lavender and pomegranate. In the mouth, there were pomegranates and cherries, mixed with a hint of spice and something woody. The wine had a medium body, tannins, and acid.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At an SRP of $14, this wine is affordable, flavorful, and food-friendly. I was sorry that I didn’t have a marinated grilled chicken and salad to go with the wine, as I think it would have been a nice accompaniment for summery meal, but it ended up being exactly what I was looking for on a Sunday night as Hubby and I tried to unwind while also preparing to hit the ground running on Monday before leaving on our next adventure.
Question of the Day: I know it’s a few weeks ago, but how did you spend your July 4th weekend?
Suggested Retail Price: $14
Received as a sample.
Overall: 3.5 Corks