Breaking out the Bouchaine

I’m very bad at coordinating people’s schedules.  I don’t know why, but it seems like every time I try, there are 100 emails back and forth trying to find the magic time that works for everyone.  On Thursday afternoon, I initiated one of those emails, trying to get four of us on the phone at the same time sometime on Friday. After a couple of rounds of emails, it became obvious that Friday wasn’t going to work, so I offered up yesterday as an alternative.  Unfortunately, both Tuesday and Wednesday weren’t going to work either because one of the participants because of a board meeting for another organization.  Since time was of the essence, this put me back to trying to find a time on Friday.  Finally, I made an offer that I couldn’t believe I was typing…what about 5pm on a Friday before a long-holiday weekend?  The other three participants jumped at the time.  Sigh…

After I forwarded the email to my assistant so that he could send out the meeting request to the group, he laughed and then apologized for laughing.   When my coworkers started trickling out of the office around 3pm, a couple of them asked if I wanted to grab a drink before heading out for the weekend.  Obviously, I had to decline.  Around 4, as the last of my coworkers left the building, they teasingly asked why I was still there.  Didn’t I know it was time to go home?  Even my assistant bailed on me at 5pm while I was dialing the moderator passcode to begin the conference call.  Friday at 5pm before a three-day weekend and my office was deserted except for me, and I had no one to blame but myself.

Now, if I’m being honest, it wasn’t that bad.  While it was happening, I was jealous of everyone who’d already left.  But, the call ended up being fairly quick.  45 minutes later, I was sending off the last of the emails to make sure everyone had a summary of what we discussed, along with the action item list.  By 6pm, I was walking to the metro, and my long weekend was underway.  When I walked in the door around 6:45pm, Hubby had pork chops defrosting, and I was ready to open a bottle of red to kick things off right.

2012 Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Meunier

2012 Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Meunier

The 2012 Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Meunier (winery) is from Carneros in Napa Valley, California.  The wine had a medium ruby color.  On the nose, there were pomegranates and cranberries mixed with hints of allspice.  In the mouth, there were pomegranates, cranberries, pine needles, and earth, along with hints of cinnamon and black olives.  The wine had a medium body, medium acidity, and medium tannins.

Finding a Pinot Meunier is a little unusual, as the grape is usually used as the third variety (along with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) in traditional, French Champagne.  Only a handful of wineries make a stand-alone red wine out of the grape, and Bouchaine happens to be one of them.  They produced only 600 cases of the 2012 vintage.  It’s a great varietal wine because it has nice flavors and is medium bodied, without being overly acidic or tannic.

Is this wine worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed.  At $40 a bottle (or $32 a bottle for wine club members, and this is one of my three wine clubs), this wine is a little expensive for an every day wine, but it’s also a little different and is beautiful to drink, particularly when it has time to breathe.  For me, it’s a “Friday” wine…a wine that I can open up when I get home, taste and make my notes while Hubby prepares dinner, sip throughout dinner, and then savor for the rest of the evening, as Friday nights tend to be later nights in the A Glass After Work household because we don’t have to worry about getting up for work the next morning.

Bouchaine Vineyards corkThe wine paired beautiful with Hubby’s pork chops, which he breaded in salt-pepper-garlic-and-oregano seasoned panko breadcrumbs and baked.  The meal was simple, as our only side was applesauce, but when paired with Bouchaine’s Pinot Meunier, it absolutely sang.  The wine was a great alternative to Pinot Noir, which is what I usually tend to pair with pork chops.

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Price: $40 (or $32 a bottle for wine club members)
Purchased at Bouchine Vineyards
Overall: 4 Corks

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