Weekends are for Wellington

I have been trying to cook Vegetarian more…about 3 nights a week.  Organic/grass fed meats are really expensive, and I believe that eating less meat is better for my health and better for the planet.  But after three veggie meals in a row, my hubby was begging for meat.  His entire “request” list from the store was meat.  So I figured it was time for a steak.

Friday night is usually our “date night.”  We feed the kids, put them to bed, and then open a favorite bottle.  One of the clubs that we belong to is Wellington Vineyards, a small winery in Glen Ellen, CA.  They don’t distribute to stores, they are a “green” business, and a really good deal.  We get 6 bottles, twice a year (but frequently add to the order.)  They have some really unique wine…a white port (YUM!) and Noir de Noir (Alicante Bouchet, double yum!) are two stand outs.

Last night we opened a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.  I know, I know…too soon.  But as mentioned in a previous post, I have trouble being patient with wine sometimes.  And I really wanted a Cab, so I opened the “less special” one.  Which was, and wasn’t a mistake.  Yes, it was a bit young, but after a trip through the aerator and some time to open, it was really prefect with the dinner.  DH grilled a T-bone and I just made some quick horseradish potatoes and grilled asparagus.  It was full, but not heavy.  Great finish, good fruit, light on the oak.  The middle was a little rough at first because of its age (or lack thereof) but smoothed out as it opened.  We enjoyed it thoroughly, as we always do with a bottle of Wellington, but I can only imagine how delish it would have been in five years.  I think we may be adding another to the next order so that I don’t have to wonder.

Wine-really tasty, but a bit young

Pairing-A, big enough for  a steak, but not as big as many Cabs so the perfect match for an unadorned steak when it is 105 degrees.

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

6 thoughts on “Weekends are for Wellington

  1. Love your new blog! And I fully intend to try some of the wines you recommend, since I, too, am frugal. My daughter is in a group in Dallas called Wines and Wenches, made up of high school and college friends. They used to meet monthly in one another’s homes for dinner and wine, and after much fun and imbibing, they would score the wines. They were all young moms like you and did this on a budget. Their lives are too busy to meet that often now, but Katie loved it! Why don’t you and your friends do this? Or, at least the wine part! Miss seeing you and the kiddos!


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