Val’s November Blog

Halloween. Kids love it, no doubt. Costumes, candy, pumpkin carving. But what does it mean for us, adults? Cold is here and it is here to stay. Two more months until the end of the year, even though some call for its early termination. Ski season has started. At least three resorts are open for turns, with or without reservations. We normally keep it low key this time of the year in preparation for the busy season. But we still like to enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the end of the day. Here are some suggestions to try.


Red Wine: My choice today is intentionally from Spain. Not only its style matches our weather but also gives us a chance to dream of some warmer one. It is about 75 degrees in Jumilla right now. Jumilla is known for its world-class Monastrell grapes. Also known as Mourvèdre and Mataro in other parts of the world. Ego Bodegas’ Goru Red Blend consists of mostly Monastrell, with some Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in it for a firmer structure. Flavors of cherry and currant combine with that of licorice, finish is mineral, acidity is juicy and tannins are firm. A fantastic value for the special price of only $14.99! And Wine Spectator rated it 93 points!


White Wine: I love California’s Alexander Valley. I am a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon coming from there. But Matanzas Creek’s Chardonnay is great too. Winemaker Marcia Torres Forno has done a great job. Robert Parker recognizes that with a 91 point score. It starts with aromas of lemon curd, apple and ginger. Palate is creamy with just enough oak presence, only 24% new French oak was used. It is medium-bodied and silky and finishes with great acidity. A very food friendly wine but also easy to be enjoyed by itself. The price tag is phenomenal – on sale for only $19.99, regularly $27.99. What are you waiting for? Come and give it a shot.


Beer: Even though it’s getting colder, I will not offer a dark beer this time. Instead, my choice today is Pikes Peak’s Gold Rush from Monument, Colorado. It is a Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale. It shows notes of honey, clove and baking spice. Drinks pretty easy for its alcohol content – 8.7%. It is one of customers’ favorites for sure. For the whole month of November it will be on sale for only $8.49 for a 6 pack. A great chance for you to try it.