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Birthday Wine

As you know if you visit our site, I am a wine lover through and through. You also may recall that last year for my birthday I was given some really great wines by my wife. This year she also picked up some birthday wine for me, but left it in her car on a rather warm afternoon, almost cooking it. An episode that still makes me laugh. Well, as luck must have been on my side, I did get some other wine as gifts for my birthday. Some really good wines, I must say. My wine tasting partners aka brother in law and sister in law picked me up some pretty amazing labels. First there is the Chappellet 2006 Signature Cabernet; Chappellet’s flagship wine for several decades. This wine has double meaning, besides being an age worthy premier wine blended with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the Chappellet winery was one that we visited on our Napa trip last year. A nice choice! The next wine they gave me was a 2000 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon. Yes! Another excellent choice as I am a big Cabernet guy. I like other wines, but Cab is always my first choice. The Chateau Montelena also had additional meaning as I had recently watched the Bottle Shock movie all about Chateau Montelena winning the great Paris tasting. I know it was their Chardonnay that won the tasting, but hey, my bottle of Cabernet is signed by winemaker Bo Barrett, a huge character in the movie that I really enjoyed and watched twice already. The last wine is of course another Cabernet Sauvignon, these people know me! This one is the Volker Eisele Family Estate 2005 Cabernet. This Cabernet is also blended with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The winery was purchased in 1974, so the family is really one of the pioneers of the Napa Valley. This winery also has meaning as Volker Eisele was a huge part of the book I read about the early days of the valley. All that said, I have not tasted any of the wines yet, I am just excited about the meaning each one has and the thought process that went into selecting them for me. It proves once again that wine is so much more than just buying and drinking a bottle. Sharing wine has the potential to feed conversation, create memories, lighten a moment and build long lasting relationships. Once again special people giving me some very special wines have made my birthday a memorable one.

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