Wines to Drink Alone
This is a pack dedicated to being alone, to seeking solace, finding a quiet place, or working on a holiday while the rest of your friends and family get together. Even after months of disruption and most of us spending lots more time at home, it is important to find time for yourself, either for a meal, a walk, a wine or a book. However, there is a difference whether you were forced or chose to be alone.
We are all wine and food lovers here, and many in the hospitality industy have lost their jobs and been forced to spend time alone.
So, in that spirit 10% of the proceeds from this pack will be donated to Family Meal PDX, "A 100% VOLUNTEER-RUN NONPROFIT PROVIDING FINANCIAL RELIEF GRANTS TO OREGON’S FOOD SERVICE AND AGRICULTURAL WORKERS IN A MEDICAL DEBT CRISIS."
Multnomah Wine Studio donated $100 to Family Meal PDX through the sale of this pack. Thanks everyone!
With that being said, onto the wine!
1. Champagne Drappier, Champagne Brut Carte d'Or, NV - "I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate... and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself." Napolean said it and it's pretty true. Champagne is an enigmatic wine and therefore I felt it perfect for this pack. Perhaps you are celebrating time with family and getting together after a long, challenging year. Perhaps you are celebrating being away from family and finding solace in a year of upheaval. Either way, you're in good company with Champagne. This particular bottle is full of great aromatic richness, due in part to the 80% Pinot Noir used to make this outstanding Brut.
2. Domaine Guy Saget, Chinon, Marie de Beauregard, 2016 - I'm a bit of a sucker for Cabernet Franc, perhaps because like the grape, I too enjoy cooler weather. This is the parent grape of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc. So if you like those grapes, but prefer Oregon Pinot Noir over California Pinot Noir because it is lighter and more earthy, this is right up your alley. Cab Franc is a wine that grows on you over time. It has always been one of those wines that evolves in the glass as you sip. Especially this time of year, as the days grow shorter, as we spend more time inside and thoughts begin to turn more inward as we reflect on the year. As you reflect, read by a fire, put the phone away and start a puzzle, take a glass of Cab Franc along with you.
3. Domaines Schlumberger, Alsace, Pinot Gris, Les Princes Abbés, 2017 - Like a giant comfortable sweater on cold day, a nourishing cup of tea after working in the garden, or the first bite of your favorite comfort food, this wine will give you pleasure and peace. Alsatian Pinot Gris is dominated by autumn fruit flavors of pear, quince and baked apple mixed with all the right spices. Don't sip this too quickly because you'll really regret when it is gone.
4. Marchesi di Gresy, Monte Aribaldo, Barbera d'Alba, 2018 - You may remember this winery from our last pack, "It's Still Warm, Drink This", where I showcased the Langhe Nebbiolo. I am including another variety from this winery, for three reasons. 1. More people texted me about that Nebbiolo than any other bottle, in any other pack I have done, 2. Marchesi wines are some of the most elegant and graceful wines from all of Piedmont, and 3. Barbera is the perfect wine for comfort foods like pizza and pasta. When all you want is time to yourself, some netflix, a whole pizza and some wine, you should be drinking Barbera.