Merisi * Petite Sirah * 2014

I like to move fast. Today, while giving my teacher mentee a tour of the building, my fitbit clocked it as exercise. I found myself apologizing several times for how fast I speak, though she didn’t mind, and was even matching my pace! I moved with a purpose quickly through the rest of my day as well. In fact, I didn’t really stop moving until I poured myself a glass of wine. I took a sip of the Merisi Petite Sarah and realized that this was one part of my day I wouldn’t be able to rush.

The best thing about this wine: rich flavors that develop with decanting
Available at: Spirit World
By the bottle: $35
Pairs well with: a nice steak
Winery Web Page: www.merisiwines.com

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Merisi * Petite Sirah * 2014

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
Winery website: www.trentadue.com

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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
Winery Web Page: http://www.concannonvineyard.com

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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.
Winery Web Page: http://www.michaeldavidwinery.com/

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Michael David Winery * Petite Petit Sirah * 2014