Wine Blogging Wednesday #50 – Fall Wilderness and Wine
So I haven’t felt particularly motivated lately to blog about anything. But heck, WBW is here this month, and such a nice topic! This month’s WBW is hosted by WineHiker Russ Beebe. The task at hand is to explore your local outdoor environment and follow-up with a wine of choice. Here in MA the fall foliage is nearly at peak and available for our viewing pleasure (and raking displeasure). In Groton where I live is the semi-famous Gibbett Hill Castle which affords a beautiful view of the town and lots of… cows. It’s a fun little hike to walk up to the ruins of the castle and appreciate the beauty of the New England autumn. And following-up with a nice toasty Zinfandel, say the 2006 Four Vines ‘The Maverick’, makes for a lovely good time. The castle, which was never actually completed in total, now exists as a shell of a building that sometimes serves as backdrop to local Arthurian/dungeons-n-dragons theatrical efforts.
Here’s the view on the path leading up to the Castle: (note cows)
Here’s a view walking up the Hill to the Castle:
A view from ‘inside’:
A few views from atop the windswept Hill:
And what more topical-sounding beverage to enjoy after a nice hike up the Hill than the ‘Maverick’ Zinfandel from Four Vines Winery? This jammy wine absolutely warms the cockles of ones innards after a refreshing, cool autumn New England hike:
I first tasted this wine at last year’s Boston Wine Expo with winemaker Christian Tietje. This old-vine Zin (blended with a splash of Syrah) originates from Amador County, CA. This is a fruit bomb, but a deliciously balanced example. The alcohol at 14.9% does not overwhelm the palate. The tannins are firm and there is a syrah-like chewyness in the palate. Spice and blackberry dominate the nose. It just plain TASTES GOOD, which is never an objectionable quality in a beverage of any kind.
So, thanks for the neat theme this month, Russ. Walking, nature, photography, wine… a few of my favorite things!