One gets a lot of questions working in the wine industry: What do you recommend? What is your favorite wine? How late are you open? Any happy hour specials? Do you carry such-and-such wine? So on my way home last week, I got a call from the Hubs asking what you use to top off a New York Sour. I say usually a Cabernet Sauvignon or what ever red we have open…. Much to my surprise, when I arrived home, he had opened Chateau Ste Michelle 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The best thing about this wine: Tops off a New York Sour exceptionally well
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: under $30
Pairs well with: Cocktail hour, heavy meats, pasta with red sauce and an upset wife whose bottle was opened unexpectedly….
Winery Website: www.stemichelle.com
As he sat pleasantly surprised with how well he had prepared his cocktail, I could only shake my head and pour myself a glass of the 2012 Chateau Ste Michelle. I reminded him of the “boxed” wine that was in the bar that was purchased to make his cocktails, but he grinned as he was so pleased with himself that he had made his own New York Sour. A short conversation ensued on what was and was not to be opened to use in mixed drinks.
I was amazed how well this wine tasted now, but soon realized that it could be stored away for a few more years. I topped of my glass, and we proceeded out to the magical deck to unwind. This wine offers black cherry flavors and chocolate notes. 2012 was a return to the “classic” Washington vintage for this Cabernet. Cold Creek is heralded as one of Washington’s oldest iconic vineyards. After a glass or two, I became less upset that it had been opened, but rather glad that it was in my glass to be enjoyed now with that someone special. So I hope you have your special someone and something yummy in your glass!