Happy National Drink Wine Day 2014

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I’ve been trying to drink less wine. And I use the word “trying” oh-so-loosely. It’s funny to me how I can have the greatest resolve when it comes to things some things. I work from home and I’m so damn disciplined — but tell me I can’t have my 5 ounce glass of red at the end of the day, and my willpower goes out the window. I’ve seen him shimmy down the eaves. He wants no part of these”wine-free weekdays.”

What does one do between the hours of 5 and 7, if not sit back on comfy chair and commiserate with their spouse about their shitty day? I’ve tried filling my favorite wine glass with Diet Green Tea, but there’s no fooling me.

Which leads me to the reason I’m trying to limit my wine intake – and this reason sucks even more than limiting my wine intake: I need to lose 20 pounds. I’m calorie counting. And my caloric intake isn’t coming from fried chicken and Mississippi Mud Cake (though, I just had that for the first time the other day and it was pretty damn good). No, the extra padding that’s happily hanging out on my bottom half is the result of a very healthy social life — and a broken foot. When you are immobile for nearly 6 months, THIS is the time to watch calories. Now, I’m in full-on damage control mode, and I’m not too happy about it.

Ok. enough said about the limiting thing… makes me sad to even talk about it, because, in fact, I’m sucking at the limiting. And the scale isn’t happy either. But, every day is a new day, and I thought today would be THE DAY… but today is National Drink Wine Day, and by its very name, today is the one weekday, I can cheat. It’s a national holiday – on the calendar and everything.

National Drink Wine Day

 

According to this website, National Drink Wine Day is a day dedicated to spreading the fondness of drinking wine, the good benefits it gives a person, and a salute to its value in history and relationships. You KNOW it’s really just another excuse to pop open a bottle of the good stuff, right? Though, when you love wine, today being a Tuesday is a good enough reason.

Here are a couple of my newest finds, available at Wine Chateau, that were awesome.

The first “wine find” was a Fratelli Recchia Ca’Bertoldi Amarone 2005. I had never even tried an Amarone, so had no idea what to expect from this one. The color was beautiful. Tarry-red, with flavors that were warm and delightful—black current, a little chocolate and cherry with a bit of a bite. A pleasant surprise for my almost-entirely Cabernet-loving palette. I will definitely look this one up again.

The second surprise was the Cabernet (my fav!). The Great American Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon by Rosenblum Cellars was delish. As a self-professed Cab lover, I was excited to try a new label. And I was not disappointed. At under $10 a bottle, this Cab from Sonoma is so smooth–filled with rich berry flavors with a hint of oak. Another favorite to add to my lengthy list of Cabs!

So, raise a glass with me tonight in celebration of wine! (And let me know what’s going to be in your glass!)

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”~Joan Collins

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