Friday, March 29, 2013

More About Carmel!

I began looking back at our photos from our trip to Carmel and my yearbook that I had made on my new iMac and totally got inspired to share another wine and winery that we visited while we were there.
Carmel is beautiful anyway you look at it and especially when staying by the ocean. One of our days there we rented a car (our driver never showed up) and drove to two or three tasting rooms and one winery on Carmel Valley Road. We visited Chateau Julien for the first time. Our travel agents had set up a private tasting for us. Let me say here that if all possible, do this when you visit a winery. It's an experience you won't forget. Being treated like royalty is fun, and of course, remember they expect you to buy their wine. Looking at the pictures brings back memories of how good their wine was and how nice the people were that work there. 
Here we are ready to begin our private tasting. They have several wines on the table to taste, and different oils of fruits and nuts for us to smell. My wonderful husband says that the nose and mouth work together when tasting wines. So the point of that exercise was to associate the smells of specific fruits and nuts to the flavors in the wine. 
The wines shown here are Black Nova, Convivance, and Quinta Port. My favorite is the one with the blue etched label. It is a blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. I love chocolate and this goes well with it or alone with a friend. It runs on the high side to buy it, but you won't regret it. 

Click on this link to visit Chateau Julien

Just Getting Started (not drinking though)!

Well, now that I have retired from teaching school for 32 years and reared two beautiful daughters who each have two beautiful daughters of their own, what do I do with myself? I had grand notions of volunteering, substituting, sleeping late, and cooking more. Well, I have substituted, slept late, and cooked a little more than I used to cook. Three out of four is great, right?

I started to blog about three years ago when I was teaching fourth grade. I tried to find time to teach my students how to blog and they got the gist of it. But apparently testing is more important than expressing yourself. Grading students writing and reading passages, getting ready for the TAKS (now STAAR) testing, and simply living life kept me from ever writing anymore and publishing the very first paragraph. I don't even know where it is or what blog site I started on. I know! That's terrible for a writing teacher to admit!

Anyway, not that I've taking up drinking as a hobby, but wine has kinda become sort of an interest in my life. I think I began with simple white wines such as Rieslings, which are way too sweet to me now. Sharing a glass of wine with my daughters was and is so much fun. I owe my continued interest in wines to my wonderful husband, who doesn't keep wine in the cellar very long. He has taught me to love many new and different wines.

So starting now, I begin the adventure of trying to unwrangle the mystery of wonderful wines of all kinds. The first bottle of wine I will preview was tasted in Carmel, California, January 2012 at Highlands Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We were there for the week between Christmas and the New Year. I have others I will share from this trip later.

This wine  is very dark in color and as one wine enthusiast says it is like drinking pure liquid velvet! At the time I tasted it, I was not a red wine drinker of any kind. But I'm here to say, it's worth every penny! Enjoy!

                                                               Paradigm Winery
Estate Bottled
Paradigm 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley