I don’t know about you, but for me, there’s no better accompaniment for relaxation than a good glass of wine, and there’s no better place to relax than the beach. So, basically, Beach + Wine = Paradise. Add in some family, board games, and good food, and I think we’ve officially made it into Heaven territory.
We’ve opened several bottles of wine since we got here on Monday (what can I say…we’re a family of wine lovers), but I set aside a bottle of Breaux 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon for today. I wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to taste a good Virginia red.
A little bit of history on this one – we’re going back in time today. A couple of years ago, Graham and I were members at Breaux Vineyards. Breaux is a large(r)-scale operation located just outside of Purcellville, VA. Their tasting room is always busy, but they have a wide variety of wines to taste, and their sommeliers are knowledgeable and friendly. The grounds are also lovely, and they have lots of outdoor seating to use on nice days (you know…if you can’t make it to the beach). We dropped our membership in an effort to cut some costs before my big writing adventure, and also because we were members at over ten wineries and it was time to cut back a little. We’re still working down our bottle backlog, so a Breaux wine was a natural choice for our beach week.
This particular Cabernet Sauvignon went over really well with everyone. It’s got a robust nose of black cherry, black pepper, and hints of smoke and tobacco. It’s smooth, though, with notes of smoke and plum on the palate. As Virginia Cabernet Sauvignons go, this one is done much more in the Bordeaux style than others – smooth, structured, lightly tannic, and it’s aged very well. It would pair nicely with red meat, or with pretty much anything grilled. It would be great for a cookout on the beach. Then, you could have both wine and smores, and wouldn’t that be awesome?
It’s just too bad that time flies when you’re having fun (read: drinking wine), because I don’t think I’m ready to head home yet. Like, ever.