Click HERE to tune in & tip up with Allie Merrick, co-host of My Wine Words,
as she reports on the wine she sips from her sleeper car
while traveling by train from Chicago to Seattle and back again.
Yes, I understand this shot is entirely cheeky, but I simply had to take it.
I love this hat and found that it paired perfectly with the Cloudlift Cellars 2009 Ascent.
A blend of Cabernet Franc (72%), Merlot (23%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%),
this wine, like my hat, was shaped with red cherry structure veiled by black accents of licorice.
In addition, this red blend showed young blueberry character contrasted by aged black raspberry.
"A bottle of wine is at its best when shared amongst friends."
That said, that's what we did.
In fact, we opened FOUR bottles of wine with FOUR of our friends.
Together, we had a look at the PURPLE HANDS 2011 Vintage.
Here's what we collectively smelled & tasted in series of six words:
MEADOW, COTTON CANDY, SUMMER, HONEY SUCKLE, VERSATILE & RASPBERRY-APPLE
Six expressions in words of our own for a lovely red blend:
JOY, FIESTA, HOUSE PARTY, DREAMY, RAZZLEBERRY MOSS & BURGUNDY BROWN SUGAR
In five words, these words define what we found in this wine:
FAYGO 'ROCK N RYE', BIG DARK BEATS, CHERRY FIG NEWTON, STARBURST & GUMMY BEAR
This was our FAVORITE wine of the night defined in six terms:
ROSE INK, WEST COAST, BLACK CHERRY COLA, FRUIT ROLL UP, NUEVO & LUDENS
"While we have different ways of describing wine, our love for wine (and each other) is the same.
If you've ever doubted that opposites attract, with Peter and I, all doubt is removed."
- Allie Merrick