Said no doctor, ever. But tonight, it’s exactly what Graham and I needed.
We’ve been searching for some time for a historic home somewhere in Loudoun County, and this week, we found the perfect place. Unfortunately, another buyer did too, and, though we put our best foot forward, their offer was accepted. We’re both disappointed, because this was pretty much our dream house – perfect location, perfect front porch, casual with character, and ready for our personal touch to make it a really beautiful, comfortable Virginia farmhouse. But we’re getting through it. There will be another house for us one day, and in the meantime, there’s Virginia wine.
Tonight, we opened a bottle of 50 West 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese.
I know, I know…I featured 50 West just a few weeks ago (here’s the post: 50 West Post), but this past weekend, we stopped by again to check out their newly renovated clubhouse. It was definitely worth the stop, because it’s awesome. The care and time they’ve put into making this mid-century modern house into everything it should be is, at the very least, admirable. But, really, it’s more than that, because they’ve put the same effort and attention to detail into this house as they put into making their wines (which is to say, impeccable and impressive), and it shows. While we were there, Diane, one of the owners, was kind enough to show us around the house and around some of their new grapevines. They’ve just planted Albariño and Suavignon Blanc. I expect great things in the future.
The rosé we opened tonight was light, crisp, and perfect for a hot summer day – a refreshing nose of strawberries and citrus with leafy notes, citrus and fruitiness on the palate that give way to a pleasant sweetness and fresh strawberries on the finish, and just a hint of minerality. This one is a staff favorite at the tasting room, and I can see why.
Sometimes, life hands you lemons. If you’re Graham and me, you take those lemons and…drink wine instead. It’s not been a good day, but that’s okay. We might not have our dream house, but we do have each other. And wine.