I celebrated a birthday on Oct. 26th. Normally, I don't care much about any hooray on my birthday, but the admiration from friends and family is always nice. I was flooded with text messages, posts, and calls. Thank you to all.
I worked all day at the wine & beer co. The tasting room was insane, kitchen was busy, and my frustration level kept spiking all afternoon. Needless to say, when I was finally able to leave work after a 10 hour day, I was ready for a glass of wine. When I got home, my lovely wife was waiting with our two dogs to celebrate my birthday. We opened a bottle of Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose that we were given for our anniversary earlier that month. We love our champagne and often times order it for dinner when we go out to eat because it is one of the only wines we agree on. It did not disappoint. Rose Sparklers tend to have a more anxious toasty note to them that says, "its gonna be a good night!''
By this point, my best friend was in town from Brooklyn, NY with his girlfriend for a wedding. They asked to crash at our house for the evening. We held off on opening anything else until they arrived which wasn't too long. Once they arrived and we got comfortable, I went deep into my cellar for something different. I pulled out a bottle of 2007 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Whehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett. Holy smokes this was impressive. I wish it wasn't the last bottle in my stash. With 6 years of age on it, it was showing nice petrol notes with a rather unctuous body. All your standard German Kabinett characteristics were present with a hint of fig. It was popular, but I think after everyone's long day, We were ready for a red.
I grabbed two reds from the cellar and put it up to a vote. 2003 Chateau Bouscaut Pessac-Leognon Grand Cru Classe de Graves or 2006 Von Strasser Diamond Mtn District Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. We chose the later. 2006 was a rather average year in most of Napa, so the 7 years of age for this Cab would be about right. It was loaded with current, plum, tobacco, and notes of oregano, and cherry. The tannins had dissipated and wasn't very gripping on the mid-palate, but that was quite alright with me. It was a good finish for our selection of birthday wines.
At this point the ladies had gone to bed and Marc and I had begun to watch my favorite hockey team play a late start because of the west coast swing they are on. For my birthday, he brought me a bottle of Rhubarb Tea. This was shockingly good. It was sweeter than I normally drink for cocktails, but on ice. It was fantastic.
All in all, I couldn't ask for a better birthday. I got to hang with my wife (super amazing) and best friend (obnoxiously witty).