Every year Ray would fly out to see us on December 26th. The anticipation for his arrival, put Christmas to shame. Mom's Daddy was the light of her life, and of ours. He always brought mom a box of Godiva Chocolates (the big one), we always went by the water (the beach), and sometimes we would stop at the liquor store and he would buy Mom a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape. Ray said it was her favorite.
I never had the opportunity to share a glass of wine with my mom. She was taken far to young by a beast called Melanoma. But when I completed my college degree I found myself working in a field that required knowledge of wine. That knowledge led to a life long love affair, and funny enough my favorite is Chateauneuf du Pape.
Most Chateauneuf du Papes average well above my $15 everyday wine cap ($30+). They are collectors. Savey-Saveys as we call them in our house. Usually, Santa is generous and I find one in my stocking. It is placed with it's brothers to sleep and wait until such time as we have gathered a group of good, wine loving friends, and it is ready.
So imagine my surprise a couple of weeks ago, as I was doing my Thanksgiving shopping at Trader Joe's and I came around a corner to see, "Chateauneuf du Pape, The wine of Thanksgiving, $9.99"
$9.99?! Are you kidding? Shocked as I was, $9.99 was worth the gamble. We opened it a few days after Thanksgiving, and to my surprise it is quite good. Don't get me wrong, it will not be resting with it's brothers, waiting for just the right time to be opened.
So far I have enjoyed it while cooking dinner and wrapping presents. I have given it as a hostess gift and a Christmas gift.
It is light, yet still has that bigness I expect when I drink Chateauneuf du Pape, and I swear there is a slight pepper on the finish, but that just might be me.
Regardless, I highly recommend it. It is hands down, the best under $10 I have found in a very, very long time!
|I swear these aren't all for me!|
Chateneuf du Pape
Found at Trader Joe's
Maybe tonight I will raise a glass to Mom and Ray.
Maybe I better go buy another bottle first!