If you’ve found this blog, congratulations, you’ve reached the end of the internet. Hopefully tomorrow there will be more internet for you to explore, but if you’re here I’m guessing you’ve run out of cat videos, ted talks, and Buzzfeed quizzes. This is my very first blog post so it’s going to be a little all over the place and at times the grammar will be a bit wonky. I’m not going to apologize for human error because my cat is my life coach and she taught me to give zero fucks. At this point you’re probably thinking to yourself what the hell is this lady on? When does she talk about wine? Can this cat be my life coach? The answers are very little sleep, I’ll get to it, and yes but she only does skype and she’s expensive.
Before I get into the wine I feel like you should know a few things about the person drinking the wine. I live in the Finger Lakes region so I do hold some wineries in the Finger Lakes in very high regard and have a deep love for not only the wines, but the people who create it. Not all heroes wear capes. I have a young toddler, an old golden retriever, and 2 cats. My husband will probably be mentioned frequently as well, he is a wonderful and occasionally frustrating man. We’ve been together for over 7 years and married for almost 2. I love dry red wine and I firmly believe it is impossible to be sad while drinking champagne. It’s the bubbles, they just make you smile.
Finally we arrive at the wine. We may disagree on wines and that’s okay. You may think that sweet wines like Niagara are the best in the whole world while I think after the age of 22 you should stop drinking that grape juice and start drinking wine with an RS level under 5. You may think that all you need to know about wine is the price of a box of Franzia and well, I can’t help you, no one can. May whatever god you believe in have mercy on your soul. Now if you’re someone who is starting out on the sweeter side of wine and you’d like to get to the wonderful world of dry wine I can help you with that, stay tuned. If you’re a person who enjoys dry wine and you want to hear about wines you might not have tried yet or my take on wines you have tried, I’m here for you. If you’re someone that hates wine and only drinks beer and liquor that’s okay too, I’m going to give my thoughts on beers and give you some drink recipes from my many years in the restaurant industry combined with many years of mixology shenanigans.
Now without further delay I present to you my first wine review…
Tonight I’m drinking the 2012 Lakewood Vineyards Cabernet Franc.
From: New York
Type: Dry Red
Pairs well with: Plotting to get the 2 year old that keeps being aggressive with your 1 year old kicked out of daycare. Also red meat and aged cheese. Mostly with plotting.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
First glance: It is earthy and has very strong notes of bell pepper. As it opens up I get notes of oak and dark cherries. The tannic finish is milder and it feels lighter than I expected despite its deep color. Overall the wine is delicious, despite the dark cherry notes it isn’t overly fruit forward as you can get with wines with berry notes.
Second glass…ummmm glance: It’s been about 45 minutes since opening the bottle. The cherry notes have softened a lot but the tannins are still very much present. The nose still has strong bell pepper notes but they have also softened when you actually drink the wine. The drinkability of this wine is really superb. Husband wants me to point out this is a dinner wine, not an it’s 75 degrees at 9pm and we are watching reruns of Burn Notice on Netflix kind of wine. I disagree but wine is subjective. Perhaps to him a chilled white wine would pair better.
You might like this wine if you enjoy lemberger or blaufrankisch.