I have always operated in life with a plan or goal in mind that must be accomplished. Whether I’m at work, or designing a landscaping project in my yard, I research, think through the multiple steps, anticipate every complication I can muster, and then execute. Call this motivated, efficient, strategic, or simply neurotic, I’m at my best when I have a great plan. Despite my organization, life often disrupts my best planning. I welcome these opportunities to deviate into impromptu mode. Sometimes the best situations arrive from simply operating in the moment. A Petite Sirah recently presented itself after several foiled, well-thought out ideas.
The best thing about this wine: Full of contradictions! Medium-bodied blueberry and blackberry flavors but soft touch. Prominent yet perfectly manageable light tannins.
Available at: Greek Islands Restaurant
By the bottle: $25.00
Pairs well with: Dolmathes, rice, topped with creamy egg lemon sauce; side salad with olives and feta cheese
Winery Web Page: http://www.concannonvineyard.com
When I picked up my daughter from school, she asked what we were having for dinner. I told her we would be having turkey burgers with vegetables and rice. This was according to the plan in my Google calendar, where the entire week’s menu is always stored. Minutes later I received a text from my mother-in-law stating she was in town, wondering if we could join her for dinner. I accepted this opportunity as one less night requiring cooking.
After a well-orchestrated look at the wine menu, I had my eyes on an Argentinean cabernet sauvignon. The waiter said they didn’t have it. So I then picked a Pinot Noir. That, too, was not available. This caused some frustration for me, the planner. Then the waiter returned with a sampling of the house wine. After a taste, we declined it. Moments later, he was back at the table with a bottle of 2014 Concannon Petite Sirah in hand, suggesting we give it a try. It was perfect.
90% Petite Sirah, 10% Cabernet, the wine was deep and dark in color. Bright fresh berries hit the nose. Prominent blueberry and blackberry flavors lit up the palate along with smooth smoky undertones. It finished with a punch of tannins and pepper. Smooth, soft, and medium bodied, this was a surprisingly light Sirah. It opened up nicely and paired perfectly with the Greek Dolmathes, rice, potatoes, and salad—almost as if I had planned it that way.