One of the reasons Sally and I love wine is it gives us an excuse to search for adventures and then share those adventures with friends and family.
Last June, we toured the Santa Ynez wine region for the first time. One of the wineries we visited was Bridlewood Estate Winery. The wine room and grounds were beautiful with sweeping views of the valley. They also served a lot of great wine and the employees in the wine room were very knowledgeable and friendly. Our favorite was their 2007 "Six Gun" Syrah so we bought a couple of bottles.
Last week, Sally's Mom and my parents came to our house for Thanksgiving. The night before we all decided to dine out at a favorite restaurant in San Diego's Little Italy, Buon Appetito. Syrah is a terrific companion for Italian food, so we brought the two bottles of "Six Gun" with us.
It was perfect with our meal.
The best description is this is the way a Syrah should be. It had nice fruit concentration that reminded you of dark cherries with just enough earthiness and tannin to pair nicely with food. You could tell the wine was a hit by the way everyone at the table savored the last few sips in their glass, not wanting the enjoyment to end.
The best part was the meal gave us a chance to share some treasured wine with family. We talked a little about our adventures at Bridlewood, which inevitably led to more stories about good food, good wine, and good company.
Shared bottles always taste better.