I don’t think I have ever before experienced a day like this Saturday. It is pretty rare that you see a reward for hard work as poignantly as I did yesterday. It was this insane melange of overwhelming, exciting, humbling and gratifying all rolled into one.
I was selected as the winner of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #9! As if this isn’t enough of an honorable experience, I was invited to be on the air with Wine Life Radio! Keith and Kim couldn’t have been nicer and it was so much fun to be a part of the show. BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE! I was happy to just say hello and get my shameless plug over the airwaves but they surprised me when talking to them by telling me that when they come to California in the coming month, they want me to join them in meeting with the man, the myth, the legend, Gary Pisoni! I couldn’t believe it when I heard it. I feel a little guilty to be honest. There has been a lot of great writing that has taken place in the MWWC over the last 9 months and here I come when The Drunken Cyclist decides to bring in guest judges and change up the format and somehow I get showered with all these great perks from being the winner whereas others who came before me just simply got bragging rights. I don’t feel guilty enough to let someone else take my place, though! That said, I am extremely proud of the new badge I get to put at the bottom of my page that says that I was a winner of the MWWC.
It just all happened so fast. I have only been blogging for about 5 months and really serious about wine for about 4 and a half years. As I wrote in my post for the challenge, I am starting to question if maybe I should follow the wine trail and see where it leads me. Then all this happens and it was, at the very least, very reassuring that people seem to enjoy whatever the hell it is I am doing with this blog. I still don’t know where or if this will lead to new career opportunities but now I feel a little bit better about exploring options.
To toast my new found “fame” and yet-to-be-found fortune, Miss Sybarite-ette and I decided to open a bottle of Rosé sparkling wine we bought on our last visit to Napa. Domaine Carneros is such a beautiful place to enjoy some bubbles on a nice day. They have a gorgeous chateau that sits on a small hill that overlooks acres and acres of beautiful Napa vineyards. Sitting there with the sun on your face, drinking some bubble juice, possibly having some of the caviar they have available, there is nothing in the world that can get you down. It’s fantastic.
The 2010 Brut Rosé is delicious. I am in no way a sparkling wine expert and have only recently developed an interest in it. I do know, however, that this was a wonderful wine. It has such a fresh, bright fruit flavor with an overwhelming taste of fresh strawberries. If I remember correctly the server told me that it was 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, which is a really common composition. But, when you are starting with Carneros Pinot and Chard, you can’t really go wrong. I also asked if they made their Rosé by adding back in some still Pinot or by actually letting the skins ferment with the wine during the process. They do the latter. I feel like this process adds a lot more body and texture to the wine than just blending in other wine to give it the Rosé color. It had that gorgeous, salmon color to it that my brain instantly associates with refreshing, crisp wines. But, my brain has tricked me sometimes and I have had some stuff that was just awful. Not all pink wines are created equal but If you can find some good ones, they are pretty banging. I first had good Rosé Champagne when I was in the UK on business and a colleague ordered a bottle. I was a little hesitant at first. Pink bubbles with Chinese food? Who had heard of such a thing? As it turns out, a lot of people. It’s pretty common and I am just a dummy. I had my first sip with some crispy duck and it was a life-changing experience. It changed my whole perspective on not only sparkling wines, but also Rosé.
I have to say a huge thank you to all my readers/voters in the MWWC. I think it has spurred me enough to bring some of the ideas I have had for the blog to reality. It’s my goal to blog more than once a week but I don’t know how I am going to fit this into my current schedule. Also, we are going into summer so hopefully I can get friends to visit and perhaps either guest blog or be a part of it somehow. I think maybe a video tasting/review might be fun to do. My friends are hilarious so it would be fun to get them onto the blog and talk about wine and have them make fun of me for being a snob. We will see what happens. Hopefully it will be entertaining. Also, If you missed my radio debut, it should be available as a podcast in about a week. You can find it on Wine Life Radio’s site.