La Storia * Petite Sirah * 2014

I lived in California for 3 years in the early 90’s without experiencing an earthquake. Moved to Oregon and 2 months later, an earthquake hit in the middle of the night. I will never forget that sickening roar or what the ground looked like as it turned it into a rolling sea of concrete and asphalt. 
I spent 6 months in Biloxi, MS when I was first married and again for 2 years while we finished up his Air Force career and  did not experience one tornado. Fast forward to June 16, 2017 and I found myself in my basement peeking out the bathroom door to see nothing but trees bending like toothpicks in the greenish grey evening sky. The next day it was confirmed that 2 tornadoes hit our town of Bellevue, Nebraska leveling almost a whole neighborhood less that a mile away from us. We were lucky to only have tree and fence damage– and the power out for 3 days.

When I came home on that Friday night, the hubs had a spaghetti dinner waiting and I already had a wine picked out to enjoy on my back patio to watch the storms roll in. We love to sit and watch the birds and the resident raccoon we named Mr. George Cooney that lives in the giant oak in out backyard. He usually scales down that old tree just before dusk to begin his night of fun. The La Storia wine bottle has a bold, stoic appearance. We had just mentioned that the bottle resembled that old tree.

The best thing about this wine: it definitely packs a punch
Available at: Corkscrew Wine & Cheese
By the bottle: $30
Pairs well with: pasta and stormy weather
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The 2014 La Storia Petite Sirah was made by blending together most of their best blocks of Petite Sirah, along with some Zinfandel, Carignane and Syrah. We poured our first glass and were noticing the rich, deep, very dark, color. We hadn’t poured anything that deep in color for quite a while.

Just then, the power went out and the upper deck’s patio furniture and BBQ flew by to the right. We were forced to abandon dinner and the wine and head to the basement. When the coast was clear we came up and found that our neighborhood made it out pretty lucky, with minimal damages to homes and trees that were knocked completely down. We decided this situation called for more wine and headed out back to see what was left. Mr. Cooney’s home didn’t weather the storm so well, but at least it didn’t hit ours. After the skies cleared, a huge rainbow reached across the sky and it looked like we were in the clear, we decided that all we could do was dry off some patio chairs to sit and take it all in.

The next evening with the power still out we decided to finish the bottle we had started the night before. After it has sat in our glasses a bit, I noticed it had gained some momentum. The deep dark color coated the glass, blueberries on the nose, some cocoa, spice and a bit of vanilla, and soft tannins finished it off. This wine is sure to weather any storm and show its true self in 5-8 years.



La Storia * Petite Sirah * 2014

Concannon * Petite Sirah * 2014

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
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Concannon * Petite Sirah * 2014

Michael David Winery * Petite Petit Sirah * 2014

Long Distance Ladies’ Night

Last night as I drank a bottle Petite Petit with my good friend in Dallas, I found myself wondering what we would do without technology. Even a distant friend seems much closer with just a smart phone, FaceTime, and a bottle of a favorite wine.

Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $18.00
Pairs well with: BBQ, beef or pork tenderloin, dry or strong cheeses.
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Michael David Winery * Petite Petit Sirah * 2014