It’s National Wine Day! First of all, I didn’t know such a holiday existed. Second, I’m not generally a fan of novelty holidays (though I have been known to carry a towel on May 25th, because it’s also Towel Day, and Douglas Adams is one of my favorite writers). This one, though, I feel pretty good about celebrating. Because I like wine.
It’s also only the second day in several that the sun is actually visible, it’s warm outside, and there’s not been a drop of rain. So, out with the red wine, and in with something chilled! I do love red wine, but now that it’s warm again, I’m ready for a change.
I’ve already featured The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek (here’s the post: Lost Creek Wine Selection). We’re members at Lost Creek, so we’re there at least every other month to pick up our member wines. Because it’s sunny and pretty and National Wine Day, I wanted to open a bottle I knew we’d enjoy tonight, so we selected Lost Creek’s 2014 Reserve Chardonnay.
I’ll write more about white wine in the future, I’m sure, since summer is on its way, but for now, I’ll just proclaim, loud and proud, that I love Chardonnay. I love Chardonnay like I love Red Velvet Cake. I could eat a whole cake…I could drink a whole bottle (but I won’t…). I’m pretty sure both are a lifelong love affair.
There are those who don’t enjoy a big, heavily-oaked Chardonnay. To be fair, it is a robust, flavorful, heavier white wine. Still, I think those people are wrong. We can still be friends and everything, but they’re as wrong as people who don’t like snow. This particular Chardonnay is a big, heavily-oaked Chardonnay. It’s got a nose of oak, butter, and honey, and a hint of burned toast (I promise this is a good thing). It tastes of oak and butter, as well, but it’s not gimmicky. It’s just real and unpretentious – a traditional Chardonnay that will absolutely appeal to those who, like me, believe that Chardonnay should be aged in oak, just like rain is wet and sugar is sweet and cake is good.
Now that I’ve spent a long time going on about wine on National Wine Day, I feel, as a writer and a reader, I ought to give a moment to Douglas Adams for Towel Day. What kind of writer/reader would I be otherwise? So here you go, a little something courtesy of the great Mr. Adams to get you thinking while you’re drinking this evening:
“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”