I love my job. Don’t get me wrong…if I won enough money in the lottery to be able to retire immediately, I would. But, if I have to go to work every day, I’m thankful that I go to a place where I like my boss, get along with my coworkers, and enjoy doing the everyday things I need to do. That said, going back to work after a long vacation is difficult. The sound of the alarm clock makes me cringe. My shower and get-ready routine takes longer than usual. And, the commute in, no matter how much I normally love the 30-minute walk, drags on because it’s out of necessity and not one for pleasure. Sure, the first day also is the chance to relive the vacation fun while catching up with colleagues, but the rest of the week is just a reminder that I’m not on vacation anymore. Therefore, after 16 days vacation, that first week back to work in January was rough, so I decided to indulge halfway through the week and open a nice bottle of wine.
The 2013 Mumm Napa Pinot Noir Devaux Ranch (winery) was from Carneros, California and was made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes. The wine had a deep ruby color. On the nose, there were red cherries and blackberries, mixed with hints of cloves. In the mouth, there were cherries and blackberries mixed with cloves and nutmeg. The wine was medium bodied with medium tannins and acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one! What are you waiting for? At $35 for the non-wine club price and $28 for the wine club price, this wine is a little pricey, but it’s worth the cost if you’re looking for something a little extra. Every time I took a sip, I couldn’t help but smile because it tasted so good, and that was exactly what I needed on that first Wednesday of January.
Mumm uses most of their Pinot Noir grapes to make delicious sparkling wine, but I’m thankful they put some grapes aside to make limited quantities of still red wine because the Pinot Noir Devaux Ranch is the result. It’s a wine that would be perfect for company, would pair well with Thanksgiving dinner or the rotisserie chicken you bought on the way home, or would be enjoyable while sitting on the porch chatting with your spouse during a nice spring evening.
Question of the Day: Do you have a special drink or routine to help you ease into that first week of work after vacation?
Price: $35 for non-wine club members, $28 for Club Vivant members
Purchased at Mumm Napa’s website
Overall: 4.5 Corks